Policy Advisors, Technical Specialists, and Consultants
Columbia - Meridian, 17th Floor
1320 Main Street
Columbia, SC 29201
Steve M. Harrington, GPC, is experienced in identifying competitive funding opportunities from government sources as well as writing, securing, and managing grants and reporting requirements. Before joining Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP, he held grant-related positions in both state and local government.
Mr. Harrington earned Bachelors of Arts in Political Science and History from the University of South Carolina in 1985. He earned a Masters in Library and Information Science in 1994 from the University of South Carolina. He is one of only 250 grant professionals in the nation to have attained Grant Professional Certification from the Grant Professional Certification Institute.
Mr. Harrington formerly served as grants administrator for Clarendon County, South Carolina, where he administered multi-million dollar project funding among 130 different projects from 15 different funding sources. He also has served as a grants officer for the Charleston County (South Carolina) School District and was grants coordinator for the South Carolina Department of Public Safety/South Carolina Department of Highways and Public Transportation.
Mr. Harrington’s areas of experience include:
- Grants and procurement administration of multi-million dollar community development projects such as the renovation of an old high school into a state of the art community and arts facility.
- Project development from ideas to completion such as “school–to-work” project development.
- Construction plan development from idea to construction.
- Project director for multi-million dollar construction and infrastructure projects.
- Multi-million dollar operating and capital budget administration.
- Governmental research in areas of project development and funding.
- Fund raising for capital projects.
- Technical writing and presentation for multi-faceted capital and community development projects.
- Analytical and financial services in the area of project administration.
- Team building for multi-jurisdictional community development projects.
- Long term planning for capital and community development projects such as water/sewer and community and workforce education centers.
- Training staff in the art of grant research and writing.
Among his key accomplishments, he
- Increased grants for a local government from $100,000 to more than $7 million in 24 months.
- Received more than $80 million in grants loans.
- Managed more than 135 grant projects from 15 governmental agencies within the last seven years.
- Led 21-member citizen committee that created and implemented a Master Plan that turned an abandoned high school campus into a $7.8 million community and cultural arts center.
- Oversaw the development of the planning documents for multi-million dollar projects.
- Developed and organized a grassroots drive to push the development of a multi-million dollar construction project through public presentations and surveys that allowed public input.
- Awarded one of four CDBG Workforce Development Center grants in South Carolina.
- Has assisted colleges, universities, nonprofit organizations, healthcare organizations, and local governments with grant research, grant policy, and grant writing.
- Helped secure grant money for a multimillion dollar expansion of a local sewer district in Pennsylvania.
Mr. Harrington is a member of the American Association of Grants Professionals, serving as chairman in 2007 of the National Election Board, as South Carolina State Representative, and as vice president of the S.C. Chapter. He serves as a member and secretary of the National Board of the American Association of Grants Professionals Foundation. He is a life member of The South Caroliniana Society.