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Open Grants of Coastal Community Foundation Announces $339,825 in Awards

November 2, 2015 by CCF

Annual program supported 41 nonprofits in Berkeley, Charleston, Dorchester and Georgetown Counties for 2015

CHARLESTON, S.C.: November 2, 2015 – The ad hoc Open Grants Committee of Coastal Community Foundation is proud to announce funding of $339,825 for 41 local nonprofits that support the arts, education, environment, health, human needs and community development in Berkeley, Charleston, Dorchester and Georgetown Counties. This figure represents an 8 percent increase in total grant funding since 2014 and a 21 percent increase since 2010. The program has awarded $4.6 million since its inception.

Funded nonprofits address a range of issues related to the arts, education, environment, health, human needs and neighborhood and community. For example, Avian Conservation Center received a grant towards their Educational and Medical program expenses, providing treatment for an increasing number of injured birds and compelling educational programs utilizing live, trained birds of prey in flight.

However, not all funding is program-specific – Open Grants also allows nonprofits to apply for general operating support. Charleston Pro Bono Legal Services received such a grant to help the organization provide free civil legal services for low-income children, families and individuals that otherwise could not afford it, as well as free educational programs. Meals on Wheels of Summerville, focused on free meals for the elderly and others who cannot prepare nutritional food for themselves, also received funding for general operating support.

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, please visit https://coastalcommunityfoundation.org/ or contact Program Officer Caroline Mullis at Caroline@coastalcommunityfoundation.org.

2015 Open Grant Recipients (Berkeley, Charleston, Dorchester and Georgetown Counties):


Gibbes Museum of Art

Carolina Studios

Charleston Symphony Orchestra

McClellanville Arts Council

Pawleys Island Festival of Music & Art

Smalls Institute for Music and Youth Leadership



Palmetto Project/BEGIN WITH BOOKS

Charleston Area Therapeutic Riding

Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry

Communities in Schools of the Charleston Area

Eagle Harbor Ranch


One80 Place

Reading Partners

S.C. Governor’s Schools for Science and Math Foundation

Teacher’s Supply Closet

Trident Literacy Association

WINGS for Kids



Avian Conservation Center

Charleston Community Research to Action Board

Lowcountry Open Land Trust

Turtle Survival Alliance



Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired

Barrier Islands Free Medial Clinic

East Cooper Community Outreach

Lowcountry AIDS Services


Human Needs

Alston Wilkes Society

American Red Cross


Camp Happy Days

Charleston Pro Bono Legal Services

Dee Norton Lowcountry Children’s Center

East Cooper Meals on Wheels

Florence Crittenton Programs

HALOS (Helping and Lending Outreach Support)

Lowcountry Food Bank

Meals on Wheels of Summerville

My Sister’s House


Neighborhood and Community

Charleston Parks Conservancy

Habitat for Humanity of Berkeley County

Sea Island Habitat for Humanity


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 www.coastalcommunityfoundation.org or call (843) 723-3635.


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