Grantees of COVID-19 Relief & Recovery Fund expand shelter, food access & more in Coastal SC

Delivering food to senior citizens in quarantine during Covid-19 Coronavirus epidemicThe COVID-19 Relief & Recovery Fund of Coastal Community Foundation is awarding grants on a rolling basis to nonprofits working with communities disproportionately affected by the coronavirus outbreak and whose work is within the nine counties of coastal South Carolina: Beaufort, Berkeley, Charleston, Colleton, Dorchester, Georgetown, Hampton, Horry and Jasper Counties.

With a record number of South Carolinians applying for unemployment benefits amid the pandemic, people in our region are relying on nonprofit services for fresh food and other necessities. The COVID-19 Relief & Recovery Fund aims to help nonprofits quickly meet that increased demand.

This article will be continually updated with details of each recipient as grants are awarded.

So far, grants totaling more than $640,000 have been awarded to support nonprofits expanding food access and health services, providing shelter to children and supporting small businesses throughout coastal South Carolina in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Nonprofits, applications are being accepted through our online portal here.

Award summaries

All Regions — $122,000 so far

Lowcountry Food Bank, serving all nine coastal counties of South Carolina, was awarded $50,000 to purchase at least 17,000 pounds of shelf-stable food; provide at least 1,100 food assistance boxes to its 275 partner agencies throughout South Carolina, and support weekend hunger-relief backpacks and School Pantry boxes for students.

Ronald McDonald House Charities – which serves 9 Lowcountry Counties – has been awarded $4,000 to order meals from local restaurants for resident families.

We Are Family – which provides affirming spaces and microgrants for LGBTQI+ youth throughout 9 Lowcountry Counties – has been awarded $8,000 to reopen their Emergency Assistance Grant, their Community Response Grant, and to provide virtual programming.

Lowcountry Food Bank was awarded an additional $60,000 to purchase food for food assistance boxes containing nutritious, shelf-stable food to supplement the fresh produce that they are receiving and distributing.

The Unitarian Universalist Church of Spartanburg, SC – which serves all nine coastal counties – was awarded $60,000 to support Spanish speaking immigrants by providing rent, utility, and grocery assistance.

Tri-County region: Berkeley, Charleston, Dorchester counties — $212,500 so far

The Carolina Youth Development Center, serving Berkeley and Charleston counties, was awarded $10,000 to increase direct care staff at its group homes for displaced children. The nonprofit is accepting up to 29 more children upon referral from DSS — almost doubling its current population and significantly increasing CYDC’s need for staffing. See how the grant is helping the staff care for the influx of children here.

Dorchester Children’s Advocacy Center — serving Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester counties — has been awarded $10,000 to support the purchase of technology and staff resources to remotely provide Telehealth services to families seeking trauma treatment services.

Lowcountry Local First has been awarded $10,000 to support programming and resource cultivation for the Charleston County business community.

Pattison’s Academy — serving Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester counties —  has been awarded $10,000 to continue providing basic needs services to children with disabilities, many of whom are considered immunocompromised.

Neighborhood Outreach Connection has been awarded $10,000 to provide rent assistance to low income families in Beaufort County.

HELP of Summerville has been awarded $5,000 to provide financial assistance of up to $150 on a one-time basis to help cover rent and/or utility costs for individuals in the Tricounty area.

Our Lady of Mercy Community Outreach Services, Inc. has been awarded $15,000 to continue to offer emergency and basic resources to the Charleston County community as new needs arise.

Ashley Ridge Church – which operates in Charleston and Dorchester Counties – has been awarded $8,000 to buy groceries that are delivered directly to persons in need in neighborhoods with Section 8 housing, high rates of free and reduced school lunches, and populations of elderly residents on fixed incomes.

East Cooper Community Outreach was awarded $15,000 to provide food distribution, emergency financial assistance for housing/utility payments, and assistance with emergency medical prescriptions for people facing the barriers of situational poverty in Berkeley and Charleston Counties.

East Cooper Meals on Wheels – which serves Berkeley and Charleston Counties – has been awarded $10,000 to deliver meals to nearly 300 recipients a week, many of whom are elderly and have underlying health conditions that make them more vulnerable to COVID-19.

Meals on Wheels of Summerville was awarded $8,000 to provide meals to elderly and vulnerable populations. Currently, they are serving 214 individuals, with more on a waiting list.

Dee Norton Lowcountry Children’s Center, which provides services for abused children and their families throughout the Tri-County area, was awarded $10,000 to support its conversion to telehealth services.

Camp Happy Days – which provides free, year-round programs and events for children diagnosed with cancer and their families in all nine Lowcountry counties – was awarded $8,000 for family emergency assistance.

Fresh Start Visions – which assists those who were recently incarcerated with meeting essential needs and finding employment in the Tri-County region – was awarded $8,000 to provide a range of essential services including clothing, toiletries, housing cost assistance, and health screenings.

The Green Heart Project was awarded $8,000 to launch Veggie Bags, a new initiative at the William Enston Home that will deliver fresh produce to Charleston residents on a “pay-what-you-can” basis.

The Humanities Foundation – which works to increase the availability of affordable housing in Berkeley, Charleston, and Dorchester Counties – was awarded $8,000 to provide one-time grants of $200-$300 for rent and utility assistance.

Trident Technical College Foundation – which supports students, faculty, and staff at Trident – was awarded $8,000 to provide students with laptops to enable them to participate in online classes.

Hearts of Huger serving Berkeley County was awarded $5,000 for PPE and to provide financial assistance to constituents in need.

Shifa Free Clinic in Mount Pleasant was awarded $3,000 to support the continued distribution of food and basic necessities/supplies to an average of 350 families per week in the Tri-County Area.

Edisto Indian Free Clinic – which provides free and/or discounted medical care and medications to residents of Berkeley, Charleston, Colleton, Dorchester, and Hampton Counties with no insurance – was awarded $6,760 to assist with conducting screenings of all potential patients.

Sea Island Hunger Awareness Foundation – which distributes nutritious, shelf-stable food to Johns Island and Wadmalaw Island residents – was awarded $8,000 to purchase food items to provide emergency food assistance.

Charleston Area Senior Citizens – which serves older adults, homeless, and families in Berkeley, Charleston, and Dorchester Counties – was awarded $6,000 to purchase shelf stable food items, frozen meat and fish, fresh fruits and vegetables, and personal hygiene products for 684 individuals.

Society of St. Vincent de Paul, St. Clare of Assisi – which assists the most needy in Berkeley County either through financial support or home repair assistance – was awarded $9,500 to provide rent and utility assistance to those in need.

Southern Lowcountry region: Beaufort, Colleton, Hampton and Jasper counties — $188,178 so far

Second Helpings — serving Beaufort, Hampton and Jasper Counties — typically feeds nearly 20,000 people per week with donated food from restaurants and grocery stores. Those donations have been reduced by half over the past few weeks due to the pandemic. The nonprofit was awarded $15,000 to purchase nonperishable food and sanitation supplies to continue serving people in need.

Agape Family Life Center in Jasper County has been awarded $6,000 to purchase nonperishable and perishable foods and basic household items for 3,000 individuals.

Bluffton Self Help in Beaufort County — which provides food, clothing and emergency financial assistance to Bluffton residents from low to moderate income working families — has been awarded $15,000 to support emergency financial assistance and the operation of its Wellness Food Pantry which includes purchase and delivery of food.

Help of Beaufort was awarded $10,000 for financial assistance and food purchases to continue serving Beaufort, Colleton, Hampton, Jasper Counties with the Mobile Meals Program, which provides free meals to homebound clients with medical conditions.

Hilton Head Island Deep Well Project — which serves the poor, elderly, disabled and working poor of Hilton Head Island — has been awarded $15,000 to provide rent/mortgage, prescription and utility assistance.

Sandalwood Community Food Pantry in Beaufort County has been awarded $5,000 to purchase additional food to meet increased demand, as well as to help meet necessary health precautions.

Beaufort-Jasper YMCA of the Lowcountry has been awarded $15,000 to support their Emergency Personnel Kids Camp – which provides a safe place for children of essential employees to stay while their parents are working – as well as a Grab-and-Go Community Meal Program.

Hopeful Horizons – which is the only children’s advocacy, domestic violence, and rape crisis center serving Beaufort, Colleton, Hampton, and Jasper Counties – has been awarded $15,000 to replace their cancelled major annual fundraising event which supported needs such as payroll, rent/housing assistance, and technology for telehealth services.

Jasper County Hunger Free Zone – which serves older individuals in Jasper County – has been awarded $3,500 to purchase additional food items and cleaning supplies to ensure they remain clean and safe as they face increased demand for service.

Beaufort Memorial Hospital – a not-for-profit, fully accredited hospital serving Beaufort, Berkeley, Colleton, Hampton, and Jasper Counties – was awarded $10,000 to purchase personal protective equipment (PPE) for healthcare workers.

The Lowcountry Strong Foundation – which serves Beaufort and Jasper Counties – was awarded $5,000 to reimburse participating restaurants in the Hungry Heart Worker Relief Fund, which provides food to those who work in hospitality who need a meal during the pandemic crisis.

Volunteers in Medicine – which serves the low income or disadvantaged populations living/working on Hilton Head and Daufuskie Islands – was awarded $5,000 to provide prescription assistance to the nearly 10,000 people currently utilizing their services.

Boys & Girls Club of the Lowcountry was awarded $8,000 to purchase supplies for 650 high need families in Beaufort and Jasper Counties.

Bluffton Community Soup Kitchen, serving Beaufort, Jasper and Hampton counties, was awarded $15,000 to purchase food, personal necessities, everyday household items, infant and children needs as the nonprofit expands to meet increased demand during the pandemic.

Antioch Educational Center – which provides education, job preparedness, and health/wellness services to low income families in Jasper County – was awarded $8,000 to supplement food purchases and assist other agencies such as Jasper County School District.

Neighborhood Outreach Connection serving Beaufort County was awarded $10,000 to provide rent assistance to households in need.

Love House Learning Academy – which provides programs and services for at-risk youth and senior citizens in Beaufort County – was awarded $5,000 to cover food, supplies, and fuel costs for meal deliveries to 85+ homebound senior citizens.

Bluffton Community Soup Kitchen, serving Beaufort, Jasper and Hampton counties, was awarded $15,000 to purchase food, personal necessities, everyday household items, infant and children needs as the nonprofit expands to meet increased demand during the pandemic.

Meals on Wheels of Bluffton-Hilton Head was awarded $10,000 for food distribution in Beaufort and Jasper counties.

The Children’s Center – which provides year round day care, after school care, and summer camps for working families in Beaufort, Hampton, and Jasper Counties – was awarded $10,000 to assist with necessary infrastructure changes for COVID-19 mitigation protocols.

The Gullah Geechee Initiative – which provides services and programs for youth on St. Helena Island in Beaufort County – was awarded $2,678 to fill 200 bags of food as part of their “Bags-to-Go” Distribution Project.

Boys & Girls Club Bluffton was awarded $7,500 to support reopening limited on-site services as well virtual programming open to any and all children in Beaufort County.

Memory Matters – which serves adults with cognitive impairment diseases in Beaufort and Jasper Counties stay in their homes and communities – was awarded $15,000 to support the heath and safety precautions which will allow them to reopen their facility and provide respite care.

Waccamaw Region: Horry and Georgetown Counties — $251,135 awarded so far

Conway Downtown Alive in Horry County has been awarded $15,000 to provide direct, one-time relief payments to up to 70 employees of independent hospitality businesses in downtown Conway. More workers in Horry County have applied for unemployment benefits than any other county in the state, according to the U.S. Department of Labor Statistics.

The Salvation Army of Horry County was awarded $10,000 for food purchases and utility assistance. The nonprofit’s thrift store, a main source of income, is closed during the pandemic, prompting the need for additional support to continue serving Horry County’s low-income population.

North Strand Housing Shelter (Worldview Ministry International, Inc.) — which provides housing and program assistance to veterans and families with children in Horry County— has been awarded $10,000 to provide food to residents and cover operating expenses including utilities and transportation for the next two months.

Churches Assisting People, which provides emergency assistance to those in need in Horry County, was awarded $5,000 for food distribution.

Family Justice Center of Georgetown and Horry Counties, which provides support services to victims of domestic violence, was awarded $5,000 to support constituents with food, shelter and other needs.

North Strand Helping Hand, an emergency relief organization providing comprehensive services to those in crisis in Horry County, was awarded $4,000 to purchase food and provide emergency services.

SOS Health Care, Inc. was awarded $10,000 to provide iPads to families in Georgetown and Horry Counties so they can receive virtual therapy and to pay for sick time off for employees.

The Center for Counseling & Wellness Inc. — which provides out-patient mental health and/or addiction treatment in Georgetown and Horry Counties — has been awarded $5,000 to support counselors and front office salaries.

The Community Kitchen of Myrtle Beach has been awarded $5,000 to purchase to-go containers, portable drinks, and food to provide free meals to the working poor, families, veterans, senior citizens, and transients in Horry County.

Neighbor to Neighbor of SC – which works with homebound seniors and homebound adults with disabilities – has been awarded $6,720 to supplement extra staff, procure sanitation supplies, and provide incentives for volunteers.

Smith Medical Clinic, Inc. – which provides free medical care to low-income and uninsured individuals in Georgetown County – has been awarded $5,365 to fund cell phone service, postage to mail prescriptions, lunch for staff/volunteers, and postage supplies.

The Children’s Recovery Center – which serves children who are victims of physical and sexual assault – was awarded $5,000 to match salaries for Direct Care Staff for a one-month period in lieu of missed fundraisers.

Black River United Way has been awarded $50,000 to provide basic needs like rent/mortgage/utility assistance, food, transportation, and internet to residents of Georgetown County experiencing financial hardship due to the pandemic.

Friendship Medical Clinic – which provides primary care and medications to low-income adults in Horry County – has been awarded $5,000 to assist with medical care and treatment of clinic patients.

United Way of Horry County was awarded $55,000 to provide mass food distributions to families facing food insecurity due to school closures.

Helping Hand of Myrtle Beach – which assists individuals and families in Horry County with immediate short-term needs like food, rent assistance, and prescription medicine – was awarded $10,000 to help with rent and utility assistance.

Lower Cape Fear LifeCare – which provides a range of health services in Charleston, Georgetown, and Horry Counties – was awarded $2,400 to purchase personal protective equipment and provide telehealth technology.

New Directions of Horry County was awarded $10,000 to assist with their 4 shelter facilities which provide basic necessities, shelter, and connection to resources for homeless individuals in Horry County.

Georgetown County Family YMCA was awarded $15,000 to benefit approximately 80-100 families by providing summer learning to school age children through a certified teacher.

Palmetto Works Community Development Corporation was awarded $7,650 to host a virtual summer camp for kids in Horry County.

Teach My People – which teaches children and youth in partnering schools to help them overcome academic and social challenges – was awarded $10,000 to support teachers and cover basic operating costs benefiting 124 students in Georgetown County.

About the fund

The COVID-19 Relief & Recovery Fund of Coastal Community Foundation is a regional, collaborative effort supported by Black River United Way, the Chapin Foundation, Frances P. Bunnelle Foundation, the Gaylord & Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, Social Venture Partners Charleston, Trident United Way, United Way of Horry County, United Way of the Lowcountry and Waccamaw Community Foundation.

This fund is designed to make grants only to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, and groups fiscally sponsored by a 501(c)(3) organization. Donations can be made securely online with a credit card here.

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