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Our grant cycles recently changed. Coastal Community Foundation now runs two main competitive grant cycles in January and June. Scroll below to learn more about each cycle, as well as other funding opportunities, and read the original announcement to learn more about the changes.

All grant applications are available on our online portal. PLEASE NOTE: When you register for the first time to access a grant application, it may take up to two business days before your login will be reviewed to access it.

January – Specialized Grant Cycle

Deadline: January 15, 2019

Applications for the January cycle will be available through our online portal mid-November.

  • Blackbaud Fund – Grants up to $10,000 are available annually to nonprofit organizations serving Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester Counties serving disadvantaged, special needs or minority youth by providing educational opportunities. Contact: Kaela Hammond.
  • Charles Webb-Ed Croft Endowment Fund – Grants up to $10,000 are available annually to nonprofit organizations serving Berkeley, Charleston and/or Dorchester County serving children with special needs. Contact: Kaela Hammond.
  • Griffith-Reyburn Lowcountry Artist of the Year Award – A grant of $6,000 is made annually to a Charleston County visual artist, defined as a fine art sculptor or individual who works in oils, acrylics, watercolors, or pastels. The grant will provide funding to support the artist during the creation of a work of art that reflects or depicts “the look and feel” of the Lowcountry. Contact: Caroline Rakar.
  • N.E.W. Fund (Neighborhoods Energized to Win) – Grants up to $3,000 are available annually to low-to-moderate income neighborhood groups in Charleston and Colleton Counties that address key issues in the neighborhoods and strengthen residents’ leadership skills.  On Saturday, December 8th at 12:30 at Coastal Community Foundation’s offices a mandatory pre application session will be held for all new applicants to the N.E.W. Fund and any organizations that last received funding prior to 2015.  In this session Foundation staff will go over the application process and give advice to applicants.  Attendance is open to anyone, but reservations are required by Friday, December 7th at 5:00pm, so we will know how many to expect. Contact Veronica Hemmingway to reserve seats: 843-723-3635 or [email protected].
  • Winthrop Family Fund – Grants up to $5,000 are available annually to nonprofit organizations serving Allendale and/or Hampton Counties addressing all charitable areas, with particular attention to education, health, and conservation/ preservation of the built and natural environment. Contact: Veronica Hemmingway.
  • To apply for any of the above grants, visit the online portal and fill out the appropriate application.

June - Regional Grant Cycle

Deadline: June 3, 2019.

Applications will be available through our online portal in early April.

Nonprofits working in Beaufort, Berkeley, Charleston, Colleton, Dorchester, Hampton and Jasper Counties, as well as arts organizations in Georgetown County, are eligible to apply for funding during our Regional Grant Cycle. By completing one application per region in the online portal, you will be considered for funding by all grant programs for which you qualify.

  • Tri-County nonprofits (Berkeley, Charleston, Dorchester, Georgetown arts) can contact Caroline Rakar with any questions.
    Click “2019 Northern Lowcountry Regional Grant” to apply.
  • Southern Lowcountry nonprofits (Beaufort, Colleton, Hampton, Jasper) should contact Veronica Hemmingway.
    Click “2019 Southern Lowcountry Regional Grant” to apply. (This grant program is also referred to as The Beaufort Fund.) Learn more about funding categories and program enhancements in the section below.

Special thanks to the Beaufort Fund, Dorchester County Fund, Home Community Fund, Giving Back to Berkeley County Fund and Open Grants for supporting Coastal Community Foundation’s Regional Grant Cycle.

June - More info about the Southern Lowcountry Regional Grant Cycle (a.k.a. The Beaufort Fund)

Deadline: June 3, 2019

Applications will be available through our online portal in early April.

Nonprofits working in Beaufort, Colleton, Hampton and Jasper counties are eligible to apply for funding during our June grant cycle. By completing this program application on our online portal, you will be considered for funding from the category for which you qualify.

In response to the continually evolving needs of nonprofit organizations serving these counties, CCF has provided additional categories of funding to the program, now in its 21st year of grantmaking. The creation of these new funding pathways will allow nonprofits to compete for funding with organizations that are similar in fiscal scope, life cycle and programmatic impact.

Requests for each of the following categories may be for programmatic or general operating support:

  • Genesis Grant: Nonprofits applying to the Genesis Grant may have an annual budget of $300,000 or less and be a 501(c)(3) public charity or have a fiscal sponsorship. This grant will support strategic growth and/or expansion to increase the impact of a program that has already been proven successful. This grant may also support a project that addresses a community need in a new or creative way. Applicants may request up to $8,000 of support from this category.
  • Operational Grant: Nonprofits applying for funding from the Operational Grant may have an annual budget of $300,000 or more and must have had 501(c)(3) public charity status for a minimum of five years. This grant is only available to organizations that have applied to the Beaufort Fund previously. Nonprofits may request up to $20,000 of support from this category.
  • First Time Grant: Nonprofits applying for funding from the First Time Grant may have an annual budget of $300,000 or more and must have 501(c)3 status. This grant is only available to nonprofits that have not applied to the Beaufort Fund previously. Nonprofits may request up to $10,000 of support from this category.

Nonprofits should contact Veronica Hemmingway with any questions.

Other Grant Opportunities

Deadline: Varies by program.

Review the programs below for funding opportunities outside of our Specialized and Regional Grant Cycles.

  • Cooper River Bridge Run Fund – Grants up to $1,500 are available annually to nonprofit organizations serving Berkeley, Charleston and/or Dorchester Counties that promote regular physical activity for a healthy lifestyle. Deadline: June 3, 2019. Contact: Kaela Hammond.
  • Donors Choose Teacher Mini Grants – Grants are available year-round for teacher-initiated classroom projects anywhere in South Carolina. Teachers post proposals on the DonorsChoose website and donors fund those most appealing to them. Contact: Kaela Hammond.
  • REALTORS Housing Opportunities Fund (RHOF) – Grants up to $5,000 are available biannually to nonprofits serving Berkeley, Charleston, and Dorchester Counties that focus on affordable housing including education, development or repair. Deadline: January 15, 2019 and June 3, 2019. Application available through the online portal. Contact: Kaela Hammond.
  • Social Venture Partners Charleston – SVP Charleston is a venture philanthropy organization. We invest our financial, intellectual and social capital resources in organizations and collaborations to build capacity and innovation. Our investment philosophy is to do so where we see strong leadership and effective, sustainable programs with clear measurable outcomes and impact. Applications are accepted once per calendar year. For more information please visit our website or contact Lara LeRoy. (Please note, we do not consider grant requests from individuals or organizations that discriminate, religious organizations for sectarian purposes, sports teams, and political or lobbying organizations. We do not make grants to organizations for the sole purpose of fundraising events/auctions, debt reduction, endowment funds, or legal expenses.)
  • Volvo Car USA Operations Grants Fund – As a general guide, grants range from $1,000 to $25,000 and are available to nonprofits that serve the community surrounding the Volvo factory site. Deadline: September 7, 2018. Contact: Caroline Rakar.