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Open Grants of Coastal Community Foundation Announces $330,000+ in Awards

November 2, 2016 by CCF

Annual program supported 49 nonprofits in Berkeley, Charleston, Dorchester and Georgetown Counties for 2016

CHARLESTON, S.C.: November 2, 2016 –Coastal Community Foundation is proud to announce funding of $331,890 for 49 local nonprofits that support the arts, education, environment, health, human needs and community development in Berkeley, Charleston, Dorchester and Georgetown counties. The program, in its twentieth year of funding, has awarded $5 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, Summerville Family YMCA will use their grant to support the Diabetes Prevention Program. With one-third of U.S. adults having pre-diabetes, but only 10 percent aware they do, outreach and education are essential to preventing or delaying the onset of diabetes. Summerville Family YMCA’s program will focus on Type 2 diabetes through a 12-month group-based program available to all members of the community, while targeting at-risk un- and underinsured individuals.

Another grantee, Historic Charleston Foundation will focus their support on designing and establishing a local community land trust (CLT) for Charleston. CLTs create permanent affordably-priced housing by both building new homes and rehabilitating old homes; the CLT obtains financial support to lower the purchase price of the homes and commits to keeping the house affordable forever. A collaboration between HCF, the City of Charleston, the Charleston Housing Authority and other community partners, the creation of a CLT will be a critical component to maintaining housing affordability in Charleston’s historic neighborhoods.

The Gullah Society, a nonprofit created to provide meaningful representations of Gullah Geechee culture to the public by preserving, promoting and perpetuating their cultural traditions, will use their grant to preserve sacred burial sites on Daniel Island, Edisto Island, in North Charleston and on Wadmalaw Island. Rather than simply preserve the sites themselves, The Gullah Society will build the capacity of local community members by teaching them how to document, preserve and restore these sites themselves.

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 Caroline Mullis, Program Officer, at caroline@coastalcommunityfoundation.org.


2016 Open Grant Recipients (Berkeley, Charleston, Dorchester and Georgetown Counties)

American Red Cross – Lowcountry SC Chapter


Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired

Barrier Islands Free Medical Clinic

Carolina Art Association (The Gibbes Museum of Art)

Center for Heirs’ Property Preservation

Center for Women

Charleston Area Therapeutic Riding

Charleston Legal Access

Charleston Museum

Charleston Orphan House (Carolina Youth Development Center)

Charleston Parks Conservancy

Charleston Waterkeeper

Chucktown Squash Scholars

Clap Your Hands

Coastal Conservation League

Communities In Schools – Charleston

Dee Norton Lowcountry Children’s Center

Dorchester Children’s Center

East Cooper Community Outreach

East Cooper Meals on Wheels

Eastside Community Development Corporation

Florence Crittenton Programs of SC

The Gullah Society


Historic Charleston Foundation

Loving America Street

Lowcountry Food Bank

Lowcountry Land Trust

Lowcountry Local First

Meeting Street Schools


North Charleston POPS!

Operation Sight

Origin SC

Our Lady of Mercy Outreach

Pawleys Island Festival of Music and Art

Planned Parenthood – Charleston

Reading Partners Charleston

Roscoe Reading Program

SC Environmental Law Project

Sea Island Habitat for Humanity

Smalls Institute for Music

Summerville Family YMCA

The Sustainability Institute

Teachers’ Supply Closet

Trident Literacy Association

Turning Leaf Project

WINGS for Kids

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.


Media Contact:
Monica Tanouye
(843) 793-6035 X120 • monica@coastalcommunityfoundation.org

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