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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 approved to access it.

January – Specialized Grant Cycle

Deadline: January 16, 2018

Applications for this cycle will be available through our online portal starting Thursday, November 16th.

  • 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 MacPhail 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 MacPhail 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 Mullis Rakar.
  • N.E.W. Fund – 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. A mandatory meeting for interested applicants will take place on Saturday, January 13, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at CCF’s Charleston office. The program application and instructions on the online portal will be provided at that meeting. Contact: Veronica Hemmingway.
  • 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 1, 2018

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 Mullis Rakar with any questions.

Southern Lowcountry nonprofits (Beaufort, Colleton, Hampton, Jasper) should contact Veronica Hemingway.

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.

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 1, 2018. Contact: Kaela MacPhail 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 MacPhail 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 16, 2018 and June 1, 2018. Application available through the online portal. Contact: Kaela MacPhail 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: October 31, 2017. Contact Caroline Mullis Rakar.