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Grants to North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia Nonprofits for Social Change Initiatives

Fund for Southern Communities (FSC) Grant


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Geographic Focus
USA: GeorgiaNorth CarolinaSouth Carolina

Important Dates
Deadline: 10/15/23 5:00 PM Receipt Save

Grant Description
Grants of up to $5,000 to North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia nonprofit organizations that are working towards social change. Funding is intended to support progressive grassroots organizations with seed money for new projects, general support, and project support for small organizations.

The Fund for Southern Communities (FSC or the Fund) is a publicly supported foundation established in 1981 to provide grants and technical assistance to progressive grassroots social change organizations that:

  • Work against discrimination based on race, sex, age, religion, economic status, sexual orientation, ethnic  background or physical and mental disabilities
  • Stand for workers’ rights
  • Promote self-determination in low-income and disenfranchised areas
  • Protect the environment
  • Promote and create non-traditional arts and media
  • Promote peace
  • Are working for equitable distribution of economic and/or political power
  • Involving new people in social, economic or political change
  • Challenge anti or undemocratic systems with public education and organizing efforts
  • Are unlikely to be funded by more traditional funding sources, including those whose geographic location limits funding opportunities.  Applicants receiving funds from more traditional funding sources may be given a lower priority for funding from FSC.


Additional Eligibility Criteria
FSC can only award grants to organizations that are registered as a non–profit organization within their respective state (Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina). Organizations must also have 501(c)(3) tax status or a Fiscal Agent; a limited number of 501(c)(4) organizations with a Fiscal Agent may be accepted.

Eligible organizations:
- Are working for long term social change
- Have a total organizational budget of $150,000 or less
- Are located and doing work in Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina

The Foundation does not fund direct services, social services, or special events.

Pre-Application Information
The deadline to submit grants is October 15th.

Proposals and all attachments must be received no later than 5:00 p.m., on the deadline date to be considered for funding.

The Fund for Southern Communities limits funding to once per 12 month period and for no more than three (3) times total, per organization. When special targeted funds are available, groups may be eligible for more than three (3) cycles of grants. FSC should not be considered a long-term funding source.

Estimated Size of Grant
The Fund for Southern Communities gives grants ranging from $1,000 to $5,000.

Contact Information
Proposals should be mailed to:
The Fund for Southern Communities
4153 - C Flat Shoals Parkway, Suite 314
Decatur, GA 30034

If you have any questions regarding eligibility, preparation of the application, or the funding process, please call 404-371-8404 or write the Fund at

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