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Coastal Community Foundation facilitates support for a wide variety of causes throughout our nine county service area. To find an appropriate grant, please use the step-by-step process below.

Please note that the Foundation only offers grants to individuals in the forms of academic and art scholarships.

If the program you are applying for uses our Online Grants Portal, please register for the service – or log in if you are a past user – here.

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


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.


Reverend Pinckney Scholars Program

Through the generosity of anonymous donors, Coastal Community Foundation has established the Reverend Pinckney Scholars Program. This program will be used to promote access to higher education for African American students by awarding scholarships and providing resources through a tailored program throughout college.

The Foundation anticipates selecting eight students for the inaugural class of Reverend Pinckney Scholars, to each receive $5,000-$10,000 per year for up to four years of college. In addition to monetary support, the Foundation will provide pre-college training and assistance, contact and support from program staff each school year and invitations to workshops and events during each student’s tenure as a Reverend Pinckney Scholar.

Eligibility and Application Information

  • Open to African American high school seniors whose permanent residence is in Beaufort, Charleston or Jasper Counties and are planning to attend a 2 or 4-year college in Fall 2016.
  • Application is due by 11:59 p.m. EST on Friday, April 15, 2016.
  • For full selection criteria, please visit the online application.
  • Questions? Contact Sydney Meeks Fowler at (843) 723-3635 or scholarships@coastalcommunityfoundation.org.

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

Community Initiatives

Lowcountry Giving Day

Lowcountry Giving Day is our local 24-hour online giving challenge. This challenge is designed to encourage our friends and neighbors to support their favorite causes and organizations right here in the Lowcountry by making giving accessible online.

Lowcountry Giving Day will be hosted by our new partner Bidr in 2016. The event will be open to any nonprofit organization in CCF’s nine county service area. Lowcountry Giving Day has raised $10.8 million for 203 nonprofit organizations across coastal South Carolina since 2014.



Lowcountry 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 Ali Titus 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 svpchs@coastalcommunityfoundation.org to learn how you can get involved as a Partner or Investee.