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Coastal Community Foundation runs two primary competitive grant cycles per year, with applications due in January and June.

January is home to our Specialized Grant Cycle, with funds typically awarded by the issue or geographical area served. June is our Regional Grant Cycle, and nonprofits across our service area addressing a variety of causes are eligible to apply.

Visit our List of Grants page to find out which grants your organization may qualify for.

To apply for a grant, please login to our online portal to access current applications.

If you have not registered with our portal for a past CCF grant application, please note that it may take up to two business days to process your registration so you can begin your application.


Grants FAQ

Q: How do I apply for a grant?

A: Visit our online portal. From there, you can login and fill out the appropriate grant application. If you haven’t registered before, please allow up to two business days for us to process your request.

Q: Do you award grants to individuals?

A: The only money awarded to individuals through Coastal Community Foundation goes out through our annual scholarship program, Griffith-Reyburn Lowcountry Artist of the Year Award and Expansion Arts Program.

Q: When can I expect a decision on my grant application?

A: Decision times vary from program to program, so check the first page of each application on the online portal for further details. Generally, though, you should expect to hear from us regarding the status of your application within two months of the deadline.


Q: Can I apply for a grant from a donor-advised fund?

A: No, grants from donor-advised funds are awarded at the discretion of the fundholder. Applications are only accepted for competitive programs listed on our List of Grants page.

Q: What happened to all the competitive grants that used to be listed on your website?

A: They’re still here! We consolidated our competitive grants into two main cycles (read more about that here), which you can learn more about on our List of Grants page. If you have any other questions about a specific grant program or the new cycles, please contact grants@coastalcommunityfoundation.org.

Q: Which cycle should I apply to?

A: Depending on the program for which you are applying, the answer might be both. June’s funding opportunities are available to all nonprofits in Beaufort, Berkeley, Charleston, Colleton, Dorchester, Hampton and Jasper Counties, as well as arts organizations in Georgetown County. One application enters you for consideration in all funding opportunities.

January’s programs each have distinct funding criteria and distinct applications. You can apply for as many programs as you are eligible for. Applying for funding in January does not disqualify you from applying for funding in June.


Step One

Read through the list of all available grants.


Step Two

Carefully read the description and fill out an application only if your organization meets all requirements.


Step Three

Submit your application. All applicants, whether they are declined, partially or fully funded, will be contacted after grant decisions have been made. Please note that process time differs for each grants program.

Questions? Please contact the Foundation’s staff member listed on each application.


The 2016 General Scholarship Program is now closed.

 Applicants will be notified of their award status on or before May 15th. Please check back in January 2017 for more information on the 2017 General Scholarship Program.


Reverend Pinckney Scholars Program

Congratulations to the inaugural class of Reverend Pinckney Scholars! The Reverend Pinckney Scholars Program accepts a separate application from the General Scholarship Program. Please check back in January 2017 for more information on the application process and eligibility criteria.

Questions? Email scholarships@coastalcommunityfoundation.org for more information.

Community Initiatives

corie hipp group shotLowcountry Unity Fund

Created in response to the June 17th, 2015 tragedy at Emanuel A.M.E. Church, the Lowcountry Unity Fund promotes long-term solutions to systemic issues contributing to racism and to economic inequality in African-American communities. The Lowcountry Unity Fund is a permanent endowed fund of Coastal Community Foundation. Initial funding will be distributed through Mini Grants to collaborative projects between nonprofits and other organizations in Charleston County focused on the mission of the Fund. Applications are available here, and funding will be distributed on a rolling basis. To be considered in the next funding cycle, please submit by April 29, 2016. Please contact Danica Whitney if you have questions about the Lowcountry Unity Fund or Mini Grants program.




Social Venture Partners Charleston

SVP Charleston (SVP) cultivates philanthropists who collectively invest their expertise and financial resources in mission-driven nonprofits to achieve sustainable, measurable impact. Using a unique investment model to support organizations across Charleston, Berkeley and Dorchester Counties, SVP tackles our community’s most pressing social challenges in education, health and workforce development. SVP is a partnership-based fund of Coastal Community Foundation. Visit their website or email svpcharleston@coastalcommunityfoundation.org to learn how you can get involved as a Partner or Investee.