Foundation / Corporation
Community Foundation of the Lowcountry
05/15/18 5:00 PM
Grants to South Carolina nonprofit organizations that serve those living and working in Hilton Head Island, Daufuskie Island, or the Greater Bluffton area. Applicants are required to attend a grant information session within 12 months of applying. Applicants may submit an application under one of the following two funding streams:
- Community Impact Grants are program grants which stimulate and help launch new programs and projects; or help focus, enhance, and/or expand an organization’s existing programs and services.
- Community Investment Grants provide an investment in a large capital project which is a critical enhancement to the mission of the nonprofit organization.
GrantWatch ID#: 176231
Multi-year proposals must request over $5,000.
Competitive grant terms are typically 12 months, although multi-year requests may be considered.
To be eligible, applicants must:
- Be a nonprofit organization with a tax-exempt status under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue code, and are not classified as a private foundation.
- Serve the people who live and/or work in the Hilton Head Island, Daufuskie Island or greater Bluffton area.
- Attend a Grants Information Session at the Community Foundation (within 12 months of the application due date).
- Complete and submit a profile on The Giving Marketplace
- Be invited to submit an application.
The following is generally not funded:
- General operating support
- Sectarian or religious activities
- Political activities or organizations
- Grants directly to individuals
- Annual fundraising campaigns
- Special events or fundraisers
- Scholarships for students in grades K-12
The first step in the application process is to attend a Grants Information Session to learn more about the grantmaking process and determine which programs would be suitable for your organization.
Grant Information Sessions:
The sessions include a review of the eligibility requirements, funding priorities, as well as limitations and exclusions.
Attendance at a Grants Information Session is required within the 12 months prior to application and there are three grant request deadlines each year (January 15, May 15 and September 15). The grant application process typically takes several months, so you are encouraged to plan accordingly. Space is limited and attendees* must register* to attend. Please email or call for additional information and to register.
Grant Information Sessions are held approximately every two months on Thursdays from 1:30 to 3:30 PM at Community Foundation of the Lowcountry’s offices on Hilton Head Island.
For the updated information session schedule, see:
2018 Conference Dates:
There are three application deadlines each year on the 15th of January, May and September. Proposals received by 5:00 PM on:
- January 15 are considered by the Board in late March
- May 15 are considered by the Board in late July
- September 15 are considered by the Board in late November
- Attend a Grants Information Session at the Community Foundation (within 12 months of the application due date);
- Complete and submit a profile on The Giving Marketplace;
- Be invited to submit an application.
- The Grants Advisory Committee reviews the requests, conducts site visits and makes recommendations to the board of directors of Community Foundation of the Lowcountry.
- A determination on the committee’s recommendations is made by the Foundation’s board.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
The first step in the application process is to attend a Grants Information Session. For more information and to register, email or call Anita Miles, Administrative Assistant, at 843.681.9100 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Then, complete and submit a profile on:
Invited applicants will be instructed on how to proceed in the application process.
USA: South Carolina: Hilton Head Island, Daufuskie Island, and the greater Bluffton area