The following competitive grant programs are for organizations serving Berkeley, Charleston, Dorchester and/or Georgetown counties. Unless otherwise specified, organizations are allowed and encouraged to apply for general operating support. Some programs are part of a grouped selection process, which you can learn more about in our Process & Schedule section.

HOME Community Fund

Nonprofits serving Berkeley County can apply for up to $3,000. General operating support is allowed and encouraged.

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The 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. This is an invitation-only application.

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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/or Colleton counties that address key issues in the neighborhoods and strengthen residents’ leadership skills.

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Stanley B. Farbstein Endowment

This invitation-only program is aimed at preserving Jewish life and education in Beaufort, Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester counties.

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All Northern Lowcountry Grants

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.

Caroline Rakar, caroline@coastalcommunityfoundation.org

Blackbaud Fund

Grants up to $10,000 are available annually to nonprofit organizations serving Berkeley, Charleston and/or Dorchester counties supporting special needs youth, as well as education for underserved youth. Applications are accepted beginning in mid-November, with a deadline of 5 p.m. January 15 or the next business day, if the date falls on a weekend.

Kaela Hammond, kaela@coastalcommunityfoundation.org


Donors Choose Teacher Mini Grants

Grants are available in the fall for teacher-initiated classroom projects in our service area, as well as in Allendale and Barnwell counties. Teachers post proposals on the DonorsChoose website and community members select which projects to fund.

Kaela Hammond, kaela@coastalcommunityfoundation.org

Cooper River Bridge Run Grants 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. Applications are accepted beginning in April and the deadline is 5 p.m. June 1 or the next business day if the date falls on a weekend.

Kaela Hammond, kaela@coastalcommunityfoundation.org

REALTORS Housing Opportunities Fund (RHOF)

Grants up to $5,000 are available in two cycles per year to nonprofits serving Berkeley, Charleston, and/or Dorchester counties that focus on affordable housing, including education, development or repair. Applications are accepted twice a year. The winter cycle begins in November, with a deadline of 5 p.m. January 15 (or the next business day if the date falls on a weekend). The summer cycle begins in April, with a deadline of 5 p.m. June 1 (or the next business day if the date falls on a weekend).

Kaela Hammond, kaela@coastalcommunityfoundation.org

HOME Community Fund

Nonprofits serving Berkeley County can apply for up to $3,000. General operating support is allowed and encouraged.

Caroline Rakar, Caroline@CoastalCommunityFoundation.org


The 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. This is an invitation-only application.

Contact: Kaela Hammond, kaela@coastalcommunityfoundation.org


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 in Berkeley County.

Caroline Rakar, caroline@coastalcommunityfoundation.org


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/or Colleton counties that address key issues in the neighborhoods and strengthen residents’ leadership skills.

Veronica Hemmingway, veronica@coastalcommunityfoundation.org


Open Grants

Nonprofits serving Berkeley, Charleston and/or Dorchester counties as well as Georgetown County arts nonprofits. Applicants can apply for up to $10,000, and applications for general operating support are allowed and encouraged.

Caroline Rakar, caroline@coastalcommunityfoundation.org


Dorchester County Fund

Nonprofits serving Dorchester County can apply for up to $3,000. Applications for general operating support are allowed and encouraged.

Caroline Rakar, Caroline@CoastalCommunityFoundation.org


Giving Back to Berkeley County Fund

Nonprofits serving Berkeley County can apply for up to $10,000. General operating support is allowed and encouraged.

Caroline Rakar, Caroline@CoastalCommunityFoundation.org


Social Venture Partners Charleston

SVP Charleston is a fund and program of Coastal Community Foundation as well as a member of the Social Venture Partners global network. The program provides multiyear, capacity-building grants with a component of programmatic support to nonprofit organizations serving Berkeley, Charleston and/or Dorchester counties.

Lara LeRoy at LaraSVPCHS@coastalcommunityfoundation.org


Stanley B. Farbstein Endowment

This invitation-only program is aimed at preserving Jewish life and education in Beaufort, Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester counties.

Amber Brown, amber@coastalcommunityfoundation.org

Blackbaud Fund

Grants up to $10,000 are available annually to nonprofit organizations serving Berkeley, Charleston and/or Dorchester counties supporting special needs youth, as well as education for underserved youth. Applications are accepted beginning in mid-November, with a deadline of 5 p.m. January 15 or the next business day, if the date falls on a weekend.

Kaela Hammond, kaela@coastalcommunityfoundation.org

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