Cooper River Bridge Run Grants Program of Coastal Community Foundation Announces 2016 Awards

More than $23,000 awarded to support healthy lifestyles in schools and communities across Tri-County

CHARLESTON, SC – January 21, 2016 – The Cooper River Bridge Run (CRBR) Grants Program has announced its 2016 grantees in advance of the CRBR on April 2nd. The program awarded $23,379 to 31 organizations, as well as 279 free entries to the CRBR and Kids’ Race. These in-kind donations will help funded organizations promote healthy lifestyles and get residents involved with their community.
Funded organizations are community nonprofits or public schools. This year’s grantees include:
Charleston Dorchester Mental Health Center: People with mental illness are at a higher risk of developing chronic health conditions, such as diabetes and heart disease, so CDMHC started a nutrition group for clients as preventative care. Grant funds will purchase exercise clothing and equipment for members of the nutrition group so they can participate in weekly walking groups or yoga classes.
Lambs Elementary School: Lambs started a wellness initiative in the 2010-2011 school year to help the more than 50 percent of their students with a BMI over 75. Working with volunteers from Joint Base Charleston, faculty, staff and parents have established a fitness program to train for the CRBR. Their grant will support 26 race entries and team t-shirts.
Lowcountry Autism Foundation: This grant will support 8 scholarships for the Piece It Together (PIT) programs in partnership with Wando High School and MUSC’s Wellness Center. PIT helps promote regular physical activity, nutrition education, stress reduction and socialization for teens with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Participating Wando students can earn a “Wellness Certificate” by engaging in sustained fitness activities, and race participants will receive special recognition. Former participants will be invited to mentor current ones.
Beginning their fund with Coastal Community Foundation in 2006, the Cooper River Bridge Run Grants Program provides grants of up to $1,500 to non-profits that promote “continuous physical activity and a healthy lifestyle through education and opportunity.”
For more information on the Cooper River Bridge Run Grants Program, please visit or contact Danica Whitney at

2016 Grantees – Cooper River Bridge Run Grants Program
Advanced Studies Magnet – West Ashley Middle School
American Lung Association of the Southeast
Beech Hill Elementary
Berkeley Alternative School
Berkeley County First Steps
Berkeley-Dorchester Head Start
Blessed Sacrament Catholic School
Boy Scouts of America, Coastal Carolina Chapter
Camp Rise Above
Charles Pinckney Elementary School
Charleston Area Therapeutic Riding
Charleston Dorchester Mental Health Center
Charleston Promise Neighborhood
Charleston Youth Marathon (Youth Endowment for the Arts)
Chucktown Squash Scholars
Hanahan Elementary School
Haut Gap Middle School
James Simons Elementary School
Jennie Moore Elementary School for the Creative Arts
Lambs Elementary School
Laurel Hill Primary School
Lowcountry Autism Foundation
Marrington Middle School of the Arts
Matilda Dunston Primary School
Meeting Street Academy
Midland Park Primary
Murray Lasaine Elementary
MUSC Lean Team – Boeing Center for Children’s Wellness
Nexton Elementary School
Our Lady of Mercy Outreach
R3, Inc. – Real Talk, Real Action, Real Results
Rein & Shine
Rollings Middle School of the Arts
Summerville High School – Health & Wellness Committee
Westview Elementary School – Wellness Committee
Zucker Middle School

About Coastal Community Foundation: Coastal Community Foundation empowers individuals, families and organizations to make a lasting impact through permanent, endowed funds for charitable giving. The Foundation serves Beaufort, Berkeley, Charleston, Colleton, Dorchester, Georgetown, Hampton, Horry and Jasper counties. To learn more, go to or call (843) 723-3635.


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