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Grants to South Carolina Nonprofits, Agencies, and Faith-Based and Educational Organizations to Benefit Residents in Eligible Counties

Connected Communities Grant


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Geographic Focus
USA: South Carolina: Calhoun, Clarendon, Fairfield, Kershaw, Lee, Lexington, Newberry, Orangeburg, Richland, Saluda and Sumter Counties

Important Dates
LOI Date: 09/30/23
Deadline: 11/17/23 Save

Grant Description
Grants of up to $50,000 to South Carolina nonprofit organizations, public entities, and faith-based and educational organizations in eligible counties to benefit the community. Applicants must submit a letter of intent prior to submitting a full proposal. Priority will be given to proposals that promote equity and social justice. Organizations must be physically located in one of the following 11 counties in the Midlands: Calhoun, Clarendon, Fairfield, Kershaw, Lee, Lexington, Newberry, Orangeburg, Richland, Saluda, and Sumter.

Central Carolina Community Foundation is working to make the Midlands more connected, vibrant, compassionate, and engaged. The Foundation strives for a livable, equitable, and just community to live, work, play and raise a family. Connected Communities grants support this work through funding innovative ideas from nonprofit organizations that will further knit the community together. The Foundation aims to inspire organizations to engage and invest in the community and build on the community’s existing assets.

Connected Communities is a challenge grant for interesting and engaging ideas to improve the community’s quality of life and livability and increase residents’ satisfaction and community attachment. 

Connected Communities projects should increase the quality of life, community attachment and satisfaction by increasing Midlands residents’ easy access to:

  • Safe places to live and work
  • Healthcare facilities and services
  • Quality job opportunities
  • Affordable housing
  • Safe, proximal, high-quality recreational areas
  • Quality arts and cultural events

Priority will be given to projects that promote equity, and incorporate policy, advocacy, institutional/systems change and/or social justice (equal rights, opportunity, and treatment for all). Central Carolina Community Foundation will continue to prioritize organizations outside Richland County and/or led by Black, Indigenous and people of color.

The Foundation is looking for 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 new or expansion projects. Current programs from organizations will not be considered.
  • Promote philanthropy across the region.

Grantees may allocate up to 15% of their grant award for general and administrative costs (i.e. overhead or indirect costs).


Additional Eligibility Criteria
- 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 physically located in one of the following 11 counties in the Midlands: Calhoun, Clarendon, Fairfield, Kershaw, Lee, Lexington, Newberry, Orangeburg, Richland, Saluda and Sumter.
- Organizations must register for and participate in Midlands Gives.
- Current Connected Communities grantees can apply.

Not eligible for funding:
- Routine operating expenses of the organization
- Programs that are routinely implemented at an organization
- Fundraising projects—including events
- Debt reduction
- Endowment or capital campaigns
- Medical research
- Conference travel, underwriting or sponsorship

Pre-Application Information
The Round One application is open September 1-30. Organizations asked to submit a full application will be notified no later than October 20.

Grant Process Timeline:
- September 1 – September 30 — Round #1 application open
- October 20 – November 17 — Round #2 applications open (by invitation)
- January 8 & 9 — Round #3 Finalist Presentations (by invitation)
- February 2 – Organizations notified of application status
- Project Timeline March 1, 2024 – February 28, 2025

Funds are only available in the form of challenge grants. The challenge portion must generate an additional 30% of the award from the Community Foundation. For example, if your organization is awarded $50,000, you must match that award with an additional $15,000. The Foundation will not accept a transfer of internal funds or in-kind contributions. In addition, the challenge funds must be raised after the project starts. Participation in Midlands Gives can be used to assist in meeting the match goal.


Estimated Size of Grant
Applicants may request $10,000-$50,000.

Term of Contract
Programs should begin by March 1 and be complete by the following February 28.

Contact Information
Submit Letter of Intent:

For further information, please contact Trimease Carter, 803-254-5601 ext. 315 or email

2142 Boyce St. Suite 402
Columbia, SC 29201


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