Process, Schedule & Reporting
To apply for a grant, please login to our online portal to access current applications. The schedule for each program is outlined on the Introductory page of each application. For further information on the grants process, please contact the Program Officer listed as the contact for that program.
Please note, even if you have registered with our previous portal, you will need to create a new account, as our software has changed. If you have not registered with our portal for a past CCF grant application, it may take up to two business days to process your registration so you can begin your application.
Coastal Community Foundation runs two main competitive grant cycles per year, with applications due in January and June.
Applications for the following programs are accepted beginning in November and the deadline is 11:59 p.m. Jan. 15 or the next business day.
- Blackbaud Fund
- Charles Webb-Ed Croft Endowment Fund
- Griffith-Reyburn Lowcountry Artist of the Year Award
- N.E.W. Fund (Neighborhoods Energized to Win)
- Winthrop Family Fund
- Realtors Housing Opportunities Fund
- Healthy Harbors Fund
Applications for the following programs are accepted beginning in April and the deadline is 11:59 p.m. June 1 or the next business day.
- Northern Lowcountry location-based grant programs have a grouped application process: Open Grants, Home Community Fund, Dorchester County Fund and Giving Back to Berkeley County Fund
- The Beaufort Fund
- Realtors Housing Opportunities Fund
- Cooper River Bridge Run Fund
These programs follow their own schedule:
- DonorsChoose.org Teacher Mini Grants — Proposals are considered on a rolling basis during the fall semester.
- Volvo Car USA Operations Grants Fund — The spring cycle application is currently open with a deadline of Friday, April 21.
- Social Venture Partners Charleston — The application process consists of two phases. Phase 1 applications are due in mid-April. Organizations who advance to Phase 2 will be notified in May and invited to submit a phase 2 application which will be due later that month. In addition to the phase 2 application, the process also includes an interview and site visit. Decisions are announced in early June.
Coastal Community Foundation tracks our overall community impact achieved through grantmaking utilizing the Results-Based Accountability framework. RBA uses a data-driven, decision-making process to help communities and organizations go from talking about problems to taking action to solve problems. Developed by Mark Friedman and described in his book, Trying Hard is Not Good Enough, RBA is being used in all 50 United States and in more than a dozen countries around the world to create measurable change in people’s lives, communities and organizations.
Please review this presentation to gain an overview of RBA and CCF’s reporting requirements: Virtual RBA Workshop
Grantees receiving $5,000 or more in competitive grant funds from at least one competitive program are required to submit one cumulative, formal report that covers the work completed during CCF’s fiscal year. The report process is designed to help our nonprofit partners share successes and opportunities for growth. If you have any questions about the reporting process or timeframe, please contact Samuel Bellamy at email@example.com .
In line with our philosophy to do things with the community, we offer the opportunity to give feedback to our Grantmaking and Development staff members through this online survey. Your anonymous feedback will be reviewed on a regular basis to help improve our processes as well as inform our communications. Whether you’ve received funding, technical assistance or anything in between, we would love to hear from you.
Please note that some information may be shared with our donors to inform them of meaningful ways to engage our nonprofit community. If you have questions about the survey, please contact Edie Blakeslee at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Statement of equity & inclusion
With a goal to champion equity and accessibility in all that we do, our competitive grant programs are designed to allow access to our funding programs for all eligible organizations. We expect the same commitment to equity and inclusion from our grant partners. We ask all partnering organizations to affirm that no qualified individual is excluded from services, employment, or volunteer participation based on age, religion, ethnicity, race, gender identity, sexual orientation, or disability.