Prior to opening its first U.S. manufacturing plant in Berkeley County in 2017, Volvo established the Volvo Car U.S. Operations Grants Fund at Coastal Community Foundation to support local organizations in four program areas: education, the environment, safety and quality of life.

Average award: grants generally range from $1,000 to $25,000
Deadline: 5 p.m. on March 19 and September 27

Criteria for eligibility

  • Nonprofits working within 40 miles of Volvo’s Ridgeville plant are eligible to apply.

Application process and schedule

  • Applications are accepted two times a year, with deadlines for 2021 of March 19 and September 27. Applications are available by invitation only. To be considered for an invitation, contact Caroline Rakar. A committee comprised of community members will consider applications, with final decisions typically announced within three months of each deadline.