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Connected Communities Grants

Grants South Carolina Nonprofits, Schools, and
Agencies for Culture and Community Development

GrantWatch ID#: 165590
Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Central Carolina Community Foundation

02/20/17

12/09/16

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Grants of up to $75,000 to South Carolina nonprofits, educational and faith-based organizations, and public agencies to develop and benefit communities throughout the Midlands region. LOIs are due by December 9. The intention of this program is to invest in existing community assets and promote a more connected, vibrant, compassionate, and engaged region.

Applications will be considered from organizations serving Calhoun, Clarendon, Fairfield, Kershaw, Lee, Lexington, Newberry, Orangeburg, Richland, Saluda, and Sumter Counties.

The Foundation will provide grants for innovative ideas in three focus areas:

1) Welcoming Community: Activities or programs that promote an open and inclusive community making all people feel welcome.

2) Vibrant Social Offerings: Social community events and arts and cultural opportunities that bring people together.

3) Superb Public Spaces: Parks, playgrounds, and trails that enhance the beauty or physical setting of a community.

The Foundation is seeking ideas that:
-Enhance community connections in the Midlands;
-Incorporate novel approaches to creating a vibrant, connected community;
-Raise public awareness of the area/region;
-Provide a measurable level of community involvement (volunteers or participants);
-Are for new or expansion projects. Current programs from organizations will not be considered;
-Meet the Foundation’s criteria, not those solely designed around grant amounts;
-Promote philanthropy across the region.

Up to $75,000

Programs should begin by June 2017 and be complete by May 31, 2018.

Eligible Requirements:

-Organizations must be determined as a charitable organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, public entities, or other charitable, educational, or faith-based organizations;

-Organizations must be registered for 2017 Midlands Gives.

Not Funded:
-Routine operating expenses of the organization
-Fundraising projects, including events
-Debt reduction
-Endowment or capital campaigns
-Medical research
-Conference travel, underwriting or sponsorship

Grant Process and Timeline:
-December 9, 2016: Letters of Intent due by 11:59 PM
-January 9, 2017: Organizations invited to submit full application
-February 20, 2017: Invited full applications due
-April 26, 2017: Organizations notified of application status

Funds are only available in the form of challenge grants. The challenge portion must generate 30% of the award from the Community Foundation. The Foundation will not accept a transfer of internal funds or in-kind contributions. Participation in Midlands Gives can be used to assist in meeting the match goal.

Please note that grantees must achieve their Challenge Match by June 30, 2017.

More information about Midlands Gives may be found here: https://www.yourfoundation.org/MidlandsGivesNonprofits

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Letter of Intent Application: https://yourfoundation.wufoo.com/forms/connected-communities-letter-of-intent-20162017/

Jamesha Shackerford
803-254-5601, ext. 301
jamesha@yourfoundation.org

Central Carolina Community Foundation
2711 Middleburg Drive, Suite 213
Columbia, SC 29204

Organizations must provide services in one of the following 11 Counties in the Midlands: Calhoun, Clarendon, Fairfield, Kershaw, Lee, Lexington, Newberry, Orangeburg, Richland, Saluda, and Sumter.

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