Open Grants of Coastal Community Foundation Announces $309,000 in Awards

Annual program supported 54 nonprofits in Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester Counties for 2017

CHARLESTON, S.C.: December 13, 2017 – Coastal Community Foundation is proud to announce funding of $309,970 for 54 local nonprofits in Berkeley, Charleston, and Dorchester counties. The program, in its twenty-first year of funding, has awarded more than $5.3 million since inception.
Funding allocation is decided by an ad hoc committee of volunteer community members. Nonprofits funded through Open Grants work on a range of issues related to the arts, education, environment, health, human needs and neighborhood and community development.
For example, Vantage Point Foundation, a new grantee will use their unrestricted grant to support post-9/11 veterans in their transition to civilian life. An average day for this group consists of planning/hosting intensive courses designed to address Post Traumatic Stress, Traumatic Brain Injury and everyday challenges faced by veterans. These services coupled with one-on-one follow-up care give veterans and families the tools to successfully reintegrate into their communities.
The Hospice and Palliative Care Foundation will focus their support on the nonprofit’s Pediatric Care Program, which provides financial assistance to families that have a child facing terminal illness. Families are provided with financial assistance to pay for critical expenses – this encompasses bills, wish trips and other expenses that cannot be covered by the families of children affected.
Grantee Storytree Children’s Theatre works in tandem with teachers to create original, theatre-based lesson plans with standards-based curriculum at its core. Funding from Open Grants will help this group support general operations and its team of four trained teaching artists, who visit and work with students at more than fifteen Charleston County schools throughout the school year.
Open Grants was established in 1985 to improve quality of life by supporting the network of nonprofits that serve the Lowcountry community. For more information about Open Grants or Coastal Community Foundation, visit or contact Program Officer Caroline Rakar at
2017 Open Grant Recipients (Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester Counties)
Alston Wilkes Society
American Cancer Society Inc
American Heart Association, Inc.
American National Red Cross
Ark of SC
Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired – Charleston
Camp Happy Days, Inc.
Carolina Art Association
Center for Heirs’ Property Preservation
Charleston Academy of Music
Charleston Area Senior Citizens Services, Inc.
Charleston Jewish Federation
Charleston Legal Access
Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce
Charleston Miracle League, Inc.
Charleston Orphan House, Inc.
Charleston Symphony Orchestra
Charleston Urban Squash, Inc.
Children In Crisis of Dorchester County Inc
College of Charleston Foundation
Dee Norton Lowcountry Children’s Center
Dorchester Habitat for Humanity
East Cooper Community Outreach
East Cooper Habitat for Humanity
East Cooper Meals on Wheels Inc
Flowertown Players, Inc.
Habitat for Humanity of Berkeley County
Helping and Lending Outreach Support
Home Works Inc.
Hospice & Palliative Care Foundation
Lowcountry Food Bank, Inc.
Lowcountry Land Trust, Inc.
Lowcountry Orphan Relief
Meals on Wheels of Summerville
Medical University of South Carolina Foundation
Meeting Street Schools
Moncks Corner Baptist Church
One80 Place
Operation Home, Inc.
Operation Sight
Reading Partners
Salvation Army
Sea Island Habitat For Humanity
Senior Ride Charleston
Smalls Institute for Music and Youth Leadership
South Carolina Coastal Conservation League, Inc.
Storytree Theatre
Summerville Family YMCA
Teachers Supply Closet
Trident Academy Inc.
Trident Literacy Association
Vantage Point Foundation
About Coastal Community Foundation
Coastal Community Foundation works with people and organizations who want to make a lasting difference through philanthropy. The Foundation serves Beaufort, Berkeley, Charleston, Colleton, Dorchester, Georgetown, Hampton, Horry and Jasper Counties, manages more than $250 million in total assets, and awarded more than $17 million in grants in 2016. Learn more! Visit or call (843) 723-3635.

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