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Mary L. Thomas Award for Civic Leadership and Community Change

Award to a South Carolina Individual from an
Eligible Area for Outstanding Community Contributions

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

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Spartanburg County Foundation

Deadline Date:

12/20/19 5:00 PM


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Award of $5,000 to a South Carolina individual to acknowledge outstanding work and contributions to enhancing the quality of life in eligible areas. Nominations are invited on behalf of those who have developed creative solutions that address critical community challenges in Spartanburg County. The Foundation is seeking nominees who have successfully engaged all segments of the community to develop innovation solutions in tackling issues facing the people of the County.

Criteria for Selection: 

  • Innovation: Identifying innovative solutions and implementing new ideas that successfully address critical issues facing the Spartanburg community
  • Community Leader: Adding value, providing leadership, and acting as an agent of change in the Spartanburg community
  • Civic Participation, Engagement, and Broad Community Impact: Investing time and engaging others to contribute to positive community growth and transformation.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 167117

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Estimated Size of Grant:

The recipient will be honored with a $5,000 grant to be given to a charity selected by the recipient and the Foundation.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligibility Requirements
-Nominees must be residents of Spartanburg County, South Carolina.
-Nominees must be in good standing ethically, possess a strong sense of integrity and good character.
-The efforts of nominees must be documented during the past 12 months, illustrating the impact made on the Spartanburg community – whether through direct service, philanthropy or drawing attention to a community need.
- In the last year, the nominee has documented evidence of making a broad impact (the nominee should serve a large number of individuals across multiple demographics, i.e., children and youth, senior citizens, etc.) in the Spartanburg community through one or more innovative projects, thereby improving the quality of life for its residents.
-If the nominee is connected to a Spartanburg County nonprofit organization through paid employment, the individual must demonstrate community impact beyond the scope of his or her job.
- Nominees are not typically in the limelight but perform valuable public service at the community level.

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline for nominations is December 20, 2019, by 5:00 pm.

The award recipient will be notified by January 23, 2020, so he or she may plan to attend the Foundation’s Annual Meeting in the spring.

Contact Information:

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

Nomination Form:

For more information contact:
Ashley Whitt, Senior Program Officer

The Spartanburg County Foundation
424 East Kennedy Street
Spartanburg, SC 29302
Phone: 864-582-0138
Fax: 864-573-5378

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Geographic Focus:

USA: South Carolina: Spartanburg County

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