Process

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.

Schedule

Coastal Community Foundation runs two main competitive grant cycles per year, with applications due in January and June.

January Cycle:

Applications for the following programs are accepted beginning in November and the deadline is 5 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

June Cycle:

Applications for the following programs are accepted beginning in April and the deadline is 5 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

Please note: our next grant cycle for competitive grant applications, also known as the June cycle, has delayed opening the application process until later this spring so we can adjust and make it more relevant to what you are experiencing right now amid the COVID-19 pandemic. We don’t expect this delayed start time to change when we typically deploy funds. The timeline for decisions and distribution of funds will stay similar to last year, as we remain committed to providing support through the Northern Lowcountry Regional grant program serving Berkeley, Charleston, and Dorchester counties and the Southern Lowcountry Regional grant program aka “The Beaufort Fund” serving Beaufort, Colleton, Hampton, and Jasper counties. Thank you for your understanding.

Other:

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 — Applications are accepted three times each year. Deadlines for 2020 are: 5 p.m. March 6 and Sept. 4.
  • 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.

Notice to grant recipients

COVID-19 has taken a toll on each and every one of us in unique ways. Here at CCF, we recognize the flexibility needed to serve the community and understand the impact COVID-19 has had on everyone’s timelines. We hope to alleviate some of the organizational stress for our grantees, so we are extending our terms of grant an additional six months. If you received a competitive grant from CCF between October 2019 through June 2020, you are eligible for the extension. This gives your organization 18 months from the receipt of your grant to expend the funds instead of the traditional 12 month grant period. This extension is automatically applied to groups who received competitive grants during this period; no action is required from you to receive this extension.

Grant Reporting

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 Amber Brown at amber@coastalcommunityfoundation.org.

Your feedback

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 Amber Brown at amber@coastalcommunityfoundation.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.

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