Lowcountry Land Conservation Grant

Grants to South Carolina Nonprofits and Agencies for
Environmental Stewardship in the Lowcountry Region

GrantWatch ID#: 179260
Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation

07/28/17 11:59 PM CT

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Grants to South Carolina nonprofit organizations and government agencies for projects and activities that lead to landscape-scale preservation and environmental stewardship in the Lowcountry Region. Funding will be provided for general operating support as well as project-specific support.

The Foundation supports strategic efforts to align regional planning and implementation with established land conservation goals and considers that land conservation may happen with easements or fee simple transactions, teams of volunteer stewards, and work at the policy level.

The Foundation supports efforts throughout the Lowcountry of South Carolina with an emphasis on five focus areas: ACE Basin, Charleston Greenbelt, Sewee to Santee, South Lowcountry, and Winyah Bay. Together, these areas span the entire coast. The Foundation also encourages and participates in strategic land conservation partnerships.

To Protect and Restore:

There is a rich tradition of public and private land conservation throughout the Lowcountry. To date, more than a million and a quarter acres have been preserved along the South Carolina coast (see map at right). Growth projections for the region, however, underscore the need to build upon these conservation gains. The Foundation supports organizations working to further increase the size and health of the Lowcountry’s protected areas on a landscape-scale. Occasionally, when opportunities arise to preserve lands of exceptional strategic significance, the Foundation offers Program Related Investments as bridge funding.

To Grow Stronger:

Protecting more natural areas and traditional working lands is a big job. Stewarding it long-term is an even bigger job. That’s why the Foundation offers general operating grants to sustain land conservation organizations, as well as capacity-building grants to help them meet expanded land conservation opportunities. The Foundation also encourages partnerships and collaborations to enhance our region's conservation goals.

To Advocate Change:

Some land conservation happens with easements or fee simple transactions. Some with teams of volunteer stewards. Some occurs at the policy level. For this reason, the Foundation supports strategic efforts to align regional planning and implementation with established land conservation goals.

-You must be a 501(c)(3) public charity or unit of government.
-You must have completed at least one full fiscal year of operations before applying.
-You must have a demonstrated track record of advancing landscape-scale conservation.

The Foundation's South Carolina Lowcountry region includes the following Counties: Horry, Georgetown, Berkeley, Dorchester, Colleton, Charleston, Hampton, Jasper, and Beaufort

The following are not eligible:
-Religious activities, political campaigns, or legislative lobbying
-Stand-alone conferences, publications, films, events, websites, or videos
-Endowments, capital campaigns, or debt reduction

Proposals are reviewed twice a year. Your complete proposal must be submitted online by 11:59 PM Central Time on Friday, March 31, 2017 for review at the July 2017 board meeting. The second deadline this year is Friday, July 28, 2017 for review at the November 2017 board meeting.

All in all, it takes about four months from grant application deadline through board decision. After the board meeting, the Foundation will contact you within a couple weeks.

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More information about the Foundation's South Carolina service area may be found here:

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

General Operations Grant Application:

Project Grant Application:

If you have questions about the grant application or reporting process, please contact:

Susan Clark, Grants Manager

If you have questions about Lowcountry Land Conservation grants, please contact:

Kerri Forrest, Lowcountry Program Director

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USA: South Carolina: Horry, Georgetown, Berkeley, Dorchester, Colleton, Charleston, Hampton, Jasper, and Beaufort Counties

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