At a Glance

Central Carolina Community Foundation brought On The Table to Richland and Lexington Counties in 2018. This is an annual, one-day opportunity to gather together over mealtime conversations and discuss what’s great about our community and how we can make it even better. On the Table participants were excited and passionate about the fresh, innovative ideas to work together and improve our communities. To help these ideas become a reality, the Community Foundation launched Beyond the Table grants.

Examples of Eligible Activities

Beyond the Table mini-grants are granted to nonprofit organizations or individuals with a fiscal sponsorship who are interested in shaping the future of our community. Grant proposals must address at least one of the 10 issues that were identified as a community priority in the On the Table survey.

Enhance what makes our community a good place to live:

  • Quality public schools
  • Superb outdoor parks and recreation (including access to the riverfront)
  • Vibrant social community events (including online and print guides with information about local events and things to do)
  • Remarkable diversity and inclusiveness

Address needs that exist in our community:

  • Good jobs and economic development
  • Poverty and economic insecurity
  • Crime, violence and public safety
  • Race relations, racism, and discrimination
  • Walkable and bikeable urban areas
  • Streamlining resources for entrepreneurs and small businesses

Evaluation Criteria

Proposed projects will be scored based on their ability to positively impact the community. Proposed projects should:

  • Address at least one of the 10 focus areas identified above
  • Be innovative in its approach (or new to the issue, population, community, etc.)
  • Target a specific location or audience
  • Be easily actionable (given your resources) and completed by the end of September
  • Clearly identify partners and their specific roles on the project
  • Have outcomes that can be easily measured (quantifiable)
  • Generate outcomes beyond the life of the grant

Examples of Non-Eligible Activities

  • Routine operating expenses of an organization
  • Grants to individuals without a fiscal sponsor
  • Fundraising projects—including events
  • Debt reduction
  • Endowment or capital campaigns
  • Medical research
  • Individual conference registrations
  • Costs associated with the creation of starting a new nonprofit organization
  • Completed projects or proposals that have already begun implementation
  • Certifications and tuition fees

Eligibility Requirements

  • Nonprofit organizations (in good standing under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code), government entities, educational institutions, faith-based organizations, and individuals with a fiscal sponsor are eligible to apply.
  • Organizations must have a physical location in Lexington or Richland Counties.

Grant Amount

The Community Foundation will award up to $20,000 in grants.

Organizations can request up to $2,000.


  • October 22, 2019 – Application Opened
  • November 24, 2019 – Application Closed
  • December 20, 2019 – Applicants notified of Application Status
  • January 1, 2020 – Project Starts
  • June 30, 2020 – Project Ends
  • July 15, 2020 – Final Report Due

Apply for a Grant

Please note: Mailed, Emailed, Faxed, or Hand-Delivered Applications will not be accepted.



Review Process

Applications will be reviewed by the Beyond the Table Grant Committee of Central Carolina Community Foundation. This committee is comprised of community leaders, including On the Table Planning Committee members and Community Foundation trustees. Final funding decisions are approved by the CCCF Board of Trustees. Declinations will be emailed.