Grantmaking at Coastal Community Foundation is rooted in our belief that philanthropy isn’t something that is done to a community, it’s done in close partnership with communities — its nonprofits, workers, families, students, teachers and civic leaders. That’s how we create vibrant communities.

The Grantmaking & Community Leadership Department oversees grants, scholarship programs, place-based impact investments and community leadership efforts to improve the quality of life in coastal South Carolina. In addition, CCF supports the regional, nonprofit ecosystem by offering organizations capacity-building programs as well as technical assistance.

Our work includes grantmaking to nonprofits that work in communities, providing scholarships, training neighborhood leaders and nonprofit organizations, as well as preparing high school students for college. In our competitive programs that involve application processes, our decisions are guided by volunteer committees of community members. We call it community-based grantmaking, which means we include diverse voices from outside the organization to ensure we represent the perspectives of the communities we serve, as well as the geography and areas of interest covered by our funding programs.

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Coastal Community Foundation President & CEO Darrin Goss speaks with a microphone to a crowd at the Foundation's headquarters
February 7, 2020
Coastal Community Foundation begins a new chapter with first-ever advocacy initiative
Today, our three-year effort to assess and research our communities’ greatest needs has culminated in the launch of our 2020…
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February 6, 2020
Beaufort County nonprofit awarded $750K grant to increase its work in other counties
A $750,000 grant awarded Thursday — among the largest single grants ever given by the Coastal Community Foundation of South Carolina — will allow a Beaufort County nonprofit to increase services in other Lowcountry counties.
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November 13, 2019
How CCF’s Rev. Pinckney College Readiness Program works to close equity gap in higher education
College is an enormous factor in social mobility—but it’s not just getting into college that sets students up for success.…
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September 19, 2019
Meet the 2019 Pinckney Scholars
A new school year. A fresh start. CCF is honored to present this year’s Pinckney Scholars – a group of…
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September 4, 2019
How to help the Bahamas recover from Hurricane Dorian
The destruction left in Hurricane Dorian’s wake this week is unlike anything the Bahamas has ever seen. The most powerful…
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May 8, 2019
Coastal Community Foundation awards Julia Deckman with 2019 Griffith-Reyburn Lowcountry Artist of the Year
Since 2003, the Coastal Community Foundation (CCF) has awarded local artists with the Lowcountry Artist of the Year Award, a monetary award intended to cover the artist's living expenses during the creation of a special work of art. This year, that award goes to local artist Julia Deckman.
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April 2, 2019
As SC’s coastal communities grow, not all have access to economic opportunities. We’re exploring how to fix that.
While many of South Carolina’s coastal places are thriving economically, many communities—and particularly minorities —are not sharing in the success.…
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February 18, 2019
Coastal Community Foundation investing in success of minority-owned businesses
Coastal Community Foundation has taken another significant step in the effort to provide more economic opportunities for all people in…
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December 19, 2018
Summer with a Pinckney Scholar: Summer Boyd
Unless you’re a first-time reader, you are likely familiar with our Reverend Pinckney Scholars Program—created in response to the Mother…
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December 5, 2018
Summer with a Pinckney Scholar: Ty Williams
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November 21, 2018
Summer with a Pinckney Scholar: Henry Jones
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November 7, 2018
Summer with a Pinckney Scholar: Monejah Black
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September 26, 2018
Summer with a Pinckney Scholar: Kayla Hasty
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September 7, 2018
Summer with a Pinckney Scholar: Denzel Wright
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August 22, 2018
Summer with a Pinckney Scholar: Janelle Green
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