Since its launch in 2020, the Catalyst Grant program has awarded more than $4.2M to support nonprofits’ large-scale projects addressing community-wide issues through collaborative, equitable and innovative approaches. The grants are available to nonprofits serving Beaufort, Colleton, Hampton, or Jasper counties and ensure multi-year funding, often exceeding a hundred thousand dollars per year.

Application process and schedule:  Catalyst Grant proposals are accepted in one of two categories, Community Innovation or Strategic Capacity Building, and are reviewed by a committee of community members who evaluate the proposals, conduct a site visit with follow-up questions and make recommendations to the Foundation.

The Catalyst Grant program has been paused for the remainder of 2024 to incorporate new civic engagement research that is currently underway in the region. The anticipated re-launch for the program is January 2025 at which time the RFP will be available.


Catalyst Award Stories:

Sea Islands Heritage Academy

Penn School for Preservation

Habitat for Humanity of the Lowcountry Merger

E For All


Contact: Amy Page,