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Mary L. Thomas Award for Civic Leadership and Community Change

Award to a Spartanburg County, South Carolina Youth
or Young Adult for Outstanding Community Contributions

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Spartanburg County Foundation

Deadline Date:

01/19/18 5:00 PM


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Award of $5,000 to a Spartanburg County, South Carolina individual between the ages of 12 and 30 to recognize outstanding contributions to enhancing quality of life. Nominations are invited on behalf of individuals who have developed creative solutions addressing critical community challenges.

The recipients of this award seize opportunities to make a difference by offering compassionate leadership, commitment and personal skills, with the ultimate goal of creating a better and brighter tomorrow.

In 2018, The Spartanburg County Foundation celebrates 75 years of impacting lives. Such a milestone offers an opportunity to reflect on decades of successful community partnerships, a rich tradition of innovation, and ongoing philanthropic efforts that impact lives. In keeping with this spirit, the 2018 Mary L. Thomas Award will focus on celebrating the next generation of philanthropists, young people who are committed to improving the community around them. These individuals, ages 12-30 years old, give their time and resources to nonprofit organizations, develop charitable programs, and lead efforts to positively change the lives of others.

Criteria for Selection:

Identifying innovative solutions and implementing new ideas that successfully address critical issues facing the Spartanburg community

Community Leadership and Impact:
Adding value, providing leadership, and contributing to positive change in the Spartanburg community

Civic Participation and Community Engagement:
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 ages 12-30 years old. NOTE: Nominees should fall within this range on the date nominations are due (January 19, 2018).
-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.
-The nominee’s project may have been developed in one or more of the following three areas: 1) Inside or outside of the classroom; 2) In partnership with a nonprofit organization or religious institution; 3) Through an initiative or organization started on his/her own or with friends. If the nominee’s project does not align with at least one of the three areas, please explain why the nominee should be considered for the award.
-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.

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline for nominations is January 19, 2018, by 5:00 PM.

The award recipient will be notified by February 12, 2018, so they 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:

Hilary Lewis

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Geographic Focus:

USA: South Carolina: Spartanburg County