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Connected Communities Grant

Grants to South Carolina Nonprofits and Agencies to
Promote Vibrant Communities in the Midlands Region

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Central Carolina Community Foundation (CCCF)

LOI Date:

08/15/18

Deadline Date:

10/31/18 11:59 PM

Description:

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Grants of up to $75,000 to South Carolina nonprofit organizations, public agencies, educational organizations, and faith-based organizations to promote vibrant communities in the Midlands region. LOIs are due August 15. Eligible projects take place in the counties of Calhoun, Clarendon, Fairfield, Kershaw, Lee, Lexington, Newberry, Orangeburg, Richland, Saluda, and Sumter.

Central Carolina Community Foundation, the Midlands expert on philanthropy, is a nonprofit organization that links charitable people and businesses with areas of need in the local community.

Central Carolina Community Foundation is working to make the Midlands more connected, vibrant, compassionate and engaged. 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.

Central Carolina Community Foundation will provide challenge grants for innovative ideas in the following focus areas, identified by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and Gallup as the three most important elements for an attractive community: Welcoming Community, which supports open and inclusive activities and programs; Vibrant Social Offerings, which support the availability of social community events; and Superb Public Spaces, which enhance the beauty and physical setting of the Midland’s community.

The Community Foundation is looking for projects that promote:
-Welcoming Community: Activities or programs that promote an open and inclusive community making all people feel welcome.
-Vibrant Social Offerings: Social community events and arts and cultural opportunities that bring people together.
-Superb Public Spaces: Parks, playgrounds and trails that enhance the beauty or physical setting of a community.

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 for new or expansion projects. Current programs from organizations will not be considered.
-Meet the program criteria—not those solely designed around grant amounts.
-Promote philanthropy across the region.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 165590

Estimated Size of Grant:

Applicants may request up to $75,000.

Term of Contract:

Programs should begin by March 2019 and be complete by February 28, 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligibility 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 provide services 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 2018 Midlands Gives
-Current Connected Communities grantees are not eligible to apply

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

Central Carolina Community Foundation is working to make the Midlands more connected, vibrant, compassionate and engaged. 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.

Pre-Application Information:

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. Participation in Midlands Gives can be used to assist in meeting the match goal.

The Letter of Intent is due to the Foundation by August 15, 2018 by 11:59 p.m. Organizations asked to submit a full application will be notified by September 24, 2018.

2018 - 2019 Grant Process Timeline:
-July 1 - August 15, 2018: Letter of Intent Accepted 
-September 24, 2018: Organizations invited to submit full application (Note: declinations will be emailed)
-October 31, 2018: Invited full applications due
-December 10, 2018: Organizations notified of application status
-January 2019: Finalist presentations
-February 4, 2019: Organizations notified of funding status
-March 2019: Grant Recipients Publicly Announced
-March 2019 - February 2020: Project Year

For more information, view the recorded webinar here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L0y_yMbkKLg

FAQs:
https://www.yourfoundation.org/connected-communities-faqs

Contact Information:

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

Submit a Letter of Intent here:
https://yourfoundation.wufoo.com/forms/z28s6k71xjqz7k/

Erin Johnson
803.254.5601 x322
erin@yourfoundation.org

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

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Geographic Focus:

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