The Community Foundation offers many different types of grants to build and sustain the Midlands community.
We award grants primarily to nonprofit organizations that are defined as tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Our Impact Grants support creative and innovative programs that have a measurable, positive impact on dropout prevention and illiteracy reduction. These grants are available to organizations serving our 11 counties: Calhoun, Clarendon, Fairfield, Kershaw, Lee, Lexington, Newberry, Orangeburg, Richland, Saluda and Sumter.
Our Nonprofit Management Grants provide limited funding for management training on organizational issues including: board development, financial management, resource development, marketing and public relations, strategic planning, personnel development and management, and technology. These grants are also available to organizations serving our 11 counties: Calhoun, Clarendon, Fairfield, Kershaw, Lee, Lexington, Newberry, Orangeburg, Richland, Saluda and Sumter.
The Hootie & The Blowfish Foundation was established in 2000 to create an endowment that benefits children of South Carolina through education and music programs. By establishing a foundation, Hootie & The Blowfish creates opportunities for children throughout South Carolina.
The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation supports initiatives that foster an "informed and engaged" citizenry in Richland and Lexington counties. The Knight Foundation Advised Fund accepts proposals for collaborative programs in Richland and Lexington counties that promote literacy. Priority will be given to programs that benefit both counties.
Women In Philanthropy accepts proposals for programs in Calhoun, Fairfield, Lexington, Newberry, Orangeburg and/or Richland counties that support women and children in areas identified in Facing Facts. Priority will be given to programs that focus on arts and culture, education or the environment.
The Foundation has three regional affiliate organizations that provide grants to nonprofit organization in their specific geographic region. These are Greater Chapin Community Endowment, Orangeburg Calhoun Community Foundation and Sumter Community Foundation.
For additional information about specific grants, including guidelines and forms, please visit the specific grant page. For questions about the Foundation's grantmaking, contact David Laird at 803.254.5601 x322 or firstname.lastname@example.org.