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

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The Community Foundation for The Central Savannah River Area

Deadline Date:

08/18/17 11:00 AM


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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 civic affairs, arts and culture, education, community development, human services, health, children and family services, and the environment.

The Community Foundation looks for proposals which:
- Has 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 a broad segment of the region's population or special populations;
- The ability to leverage other funding through the use of matching grants;
- Promote the cooperation of two or more agencies to avoid duplication of services and to coordinate resources and programs;
- Demonstrate the capacity to provide the necessary services using good administrative and financial management;
- Demonstrate support from outside the organization to sustain programs with volunteers and in-kind resources;
- Promote systems or approaches which can prevent individual, family or community problems.

When evaluating requests, The Community Foundation also considers the balance of geography, needs and resources in the community.

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.

Term of Contract:

Generally, a project receives funding for one year.

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 Greater Augusta area, including one or more of the following counties : Richmond, Columbia, McDuffie, Burke, Aiken, and Edgefield.

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

The Community Foundation discourages applicants from submitting applications in support of the following:
- 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 Unrestricted Grants, the Grant Application and instructions with The Community Foundation staff.

The Community Foundation's 2017 Annual Grant Seeker Sessions will be as follows: Tuesday, June 6th and Wednesday, June 7th, 2017. These sessions are free informative seminars for 501(c)(3) organizations (non-profits) wishing to apply for a grant from the Community Foundations Annual Unrestricted Grants Program.

Each Grant Seeker Session will begin at 10 a.m. in the Training Room of Serotta, Maddock, Evans & Company, which is located in Suite 200 at 701 Greene Street (the corner of 7th and Greene Streets) in Augusta, Georgia.

Each session is expected to last about one hour. These sessions will be identical; therefore, it is unnecessary to attend more than one session. Attendance is encouraged, but not more than two individuals should attend per organization. You are not required to attend the Grant Seeker Session to apply for a grant.

Reservations are made on a first-come, first-served basis.

Pre-Application Information:

The 2017 Grant Application becomes available Thursday, June 1, 2017.

It is preferred that funds granted by The Community Foundation are to be 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.

To RSVP for the grant seeker session: or 706.724.1314

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: Greater Augusta area, including the following counties: Richmond, Columbia, McDuffie, and Burke;   South Carolina: Aiken and Edgefield Counties