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Community Grants Program

Grants to Georgia and South Carolina Nonprofits and
Agencies in the Augusta Area for Community Needs

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Community Foundation for the Central Savannah River Area (CSRA)

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Deadline Date:

08/17/18 12:00 PM EST


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Grants of up to $15,000 to Georgia and South Carolina nonprofits and public entities in the Augusta area for programs that address community needs. Program areas include arts and culture, youth enrichment and education, health and the environment, and people in need.

Currently, funding is given to applications in the following program areas:

Recognizing the positive impact arts, cultural and historical organizations have on a community, consideration is given to innovative and high-quality applications in this area.

Education/Youth Enrichment:
Applications are welcomed from organizations that provide enrichment and educational opportunities to disadvantaged children, youth, and adults. Examples include: job skill training and/or placement, after school or summer programs, leadership, tutoring, GED, and literacy programs.

Some examples of programs in this funding area include environmental research or management, animal services, programs that support sustainable community and backyard gardens, medical clinics, drug rehabilitation programs, medical programs for persons with disabilities, and mental illness.

People in Need:
This category is generally, but not exclusively for human service programs that work with people in need. Examples include feeding, housing, financial assistance, programs serving the homelessness, and programs for recently incarcerated individuals.

The Community Foundation looks for proposals which:
- Have a program/project that will positively impact persons and/or the community;
- Develop competencies and skills enabling individuals to live fuller, more productive lives;
- Addresses a significant need affecting the region's population or special populations;
- Have the ability to leverage resources through other funding, in-kind donations, volunteers and partnerships;
- Demonstrate their capacity to provide the necessary services using good administrative and financial management.

When evaluating requests, The Community Foundation also considers the balance of geography, needs, and resources in the six-county service area.

The Community Foundation will consider the funding of new organizations for start-up or operating support, and smaller organizations for operating support. However, because The Community Foundation is interested in funding work that continues to address community needs long after the grant funds are depleted, these requests are reviewed carefully on a case-by-case basis and must make a convincing case that:
- The condition the proposal addresses is significant and can be measured;
- The applicant has the organizational ability to address the problem, is aware of other organizations that are working in the same area, and is the best organization to do this work;
- The organization and its program are likely to achieve the outcomes described in the proposal; and
- The organization has plans in place to ensure that its programs will continue to operate once grants funds are expended.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 181288

Estimated Size of Grant:

The Community Foundation does not set a minimum amount for grant awards. The Community Foundation requires that application requests do not exceed $15,000.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Community Foundation considers grant applications from organizations that:
- Are determined as charitable under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, public entities, or other charitable, educational, or cultural organizations.

- Provide programs and services to the following counties in Georgia: Richmond, Columbia, McDuffie, Burke and in South Carolina: Aiken and Edgefield.

The following activities typically do not receive funding:
- Grants for individuals;
- Capital campaigns;
- Deficit financing and debt retirement;
- Endowments;
- Political organization or campaigns;
- Lobbying legislators or influencing elections;
- Special fundraising events/celebration functions;
- Marketing endeavors and personal research;
- Core operating expenses for public and private elementary and secondary schools and public and private colleges and universities;
- Projects that are typically the funding responsibility of federal, state or local governments;
- Scholarship programs;
- Programs that have already taken place or will be completed in the current calendar year.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Grant Seeker Sessions are provided to give Grant Seekers an opportunity to review the Grant Guidelines for the Community Grants, the Grant Application and instructions with The Community Foundation staff.

The 2018 Grant Seeker Session dates will occur on June 25th and June 28th 2018. The date is to be determined.

Pre-Application Information:

2018 Grant Application becomes available Sunday, July 1, 2018. The deadline is Friday, August 17, 2018 at 12:00 PM.

The Foundation will accept only one application per organization per year.

It is preferred, but not required that grants are matched by funding from other sources.


Contact Information:

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

Apply online:

Rebecca Wallace, Director of Grants and Community Engagement

The Community Foundation for the Central Savannah River Area
Enterprise Mill
1450 Greene Street, Suite 228
Augusta, GA 30901

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Georgia: Richmond, Columbia, McDuffie, and Burke Counties;   South Carolina: Aiken and Edgefield Counties