The Facebook Grant for Sustaining Black Communities program will award funds over a two year engagement period to nonprofit organizations and programs in Berkeley, Charleston, and Dorchester counties supporting innovation, creativity, and resiliency in Black communities. This program is specifically designed for nonprofits providing goods or services that directly and specifically support Black people and communities, with a preference for nonprofits that are Black-led, in the areas of:

  • arts, culture, and humanities;
  • education;
  • community improvement and capacity building;
  • human services; and
  • civil rights, social action, and advocacy (non-political)

Additionally, a capacity building opportunity is embedded into this grant program to help awarded applicants sustain their operations and expand their reach, if so desired. There is a two-step application process that begins with a letter of interest. This phase will open on January 27th on the Coastal Community Foundation grantee portal. The deadline for the initial submission will be February 17th at 5:00 PM.

Award: up to $35,000, average yet to be determined.
Deadline: 5 p.m. on Feb. 17.

Criteria for eligibility

  • Organizations serving Black communities in Berkeley, Charleston, and/or Dorchester counties with a 501(c)(3) certification. Grants will be considered to organizations that don’t have a 501(c)(3) certificate if they have a partnering organization who meets the 501(c)(3) standing.

Application process and schedule

  • Applicants may apply for the grant beginning January 27th. Initial responses will be evaluated and finalists invited to complete an application and site visit by mid-March. Grant awards will be announced in May.

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