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Community Impact Grants

Grants to Greenwood County, South Carolina Nonprofits for Youth,
Education, Arts, Recreation, and Community Development

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Greenwood County Community Foundation (GCCF)

Deadline Date:

10/31/18 - for the Youth and Education focus area only


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Grants of up to $5,000 to Greenwood County, South Carolina nonprofit organizations for a wide range of community benefit activities. Funding is intended for the focus areas of youth, education, and community enhancement and development. Applicants may apply in the "Open Grant" category for projects that do not fall within these focus areas.

Grants may be made to existing programs or start-up programs. Proposals demonstrating collaboration with other organizations or unique community value are strongly encouraged. Duplication of existing services is to be avoided.

Currently, the Community Impact granting focus areas are:

Education and Youth: This granting area includes the variety of all programs and projects which provide an educational foundation for success in achieving one’s fullest physical, emotional and intellectual potential. Grants to be considered might include (but are not limited to):

- Education Attainment
- Reducing High School Dropout Rate
- Third Graders Reading at appropriate level
- Early Childhood development and education
- Afterschool and Summer Programs
- Adult Education

Innovation: The Innovation Grant supports creative ideas that foster strategic change within the Greenwood County community. This Grant generates collective excitement due to its originality and courageous approach to addressing root causes of systemic problems or deficiencies, or by contributing to a healthy, thriving community. Successful proposals will stretch the imagination and enrich lives. Collaboration and partnerships among organizations are expected and essential to assure lasting impact and success.

Innovation Grants are unique among those awarded by GCCF. These proposals may be considered for larger amounts than in other cycles and/or multi-year commitments. They are more competitive; only one or two may be funded in this annual grant cycle, and in some years there is not an Innovation Grant awarded.

Criteria for the Innovation Grant - Does the proposed project:
- Creatively address an identifiable community need or aspect of quality of life?
- Meaningfully engage stakeholders and, whenever possible, include those directly affected by the problem?
- Reflect effective collaboration with other community organizations?
- Use existing resources and maximize current community assets?
- Have potential to generate broad community support and to become self-sustaining over time?
- Include evaluation mechanism/metrics?

Community Enhancement: This granting area includes all projects and programs designed to make Greenwood County a more pleasant and livable community. Grants to be considered might include (but are not limited to):

- Arts and Culture
- Community Development
- Parks and Recreation
- Bike, Running, and Dog and Walking Trails
- Animal Safety and Upkeep

Open Granting: This cycle will be open for any grant request meeting the granting guidelines, but particularly for programs and projects which do not fall within any of the above categories. Any organization which has not received a grant from GCCF during this calendar year may apply in the Open Granting cycle. Requests which were submitted earlier in this calendar year but did not receive funding may be rolled into this cycle.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 181314

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant awards (per organization) of up to $5,000 are considered. Innovation Grants are exceptions to this qualification.

Term of Contract:

Currently, the Foundation does not consider multi-year grants. Innovation Grants are exceptions to this qualification.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Grants are awarded only 501(c)(3) organizations. GCCF does not offer loans or grants to individuals.

Grants are for organizations located in Greenwood County, or for direct benefit to residents of Greenwood County.

Grants are not made for endowments.

Funding provided by the Foundation may not be used to participate or intervene in political campaigns or to support an attempt to influence legislation except to the extent that such activities are permissible under IRS rules for 501(c)(3) charitable organizations.

Expenses charged against this grant may not be incurred prior to the start date of the grant or after the grant’s end date.

All applicant organizations must confirm compliance with the Greenwood County Community Foundation’s Non-Discrimination Policy: “… the Foundation will consider applications from organizations that do not discriminate in their delivery of programs or services on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, ancestry, age, medical condition, disability, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by law. It is not the intent of this policy to deny support for programs that serve specifically defined populations.”

Pre-Application Information:



2018 Granting Timeline:

Youth and Education
Applications received February 1 – February 28, reviewed during March, with notifications given and funds granted made available by April 30.

The Innovation Granting cycle will resume in 2019. For more information about the Innovation grant, contact Mary Woodiwiss (see Contact Information below).

Community Enhancement
Applications received June 1 – June 30, reviewed during July, with notifications given and funds granted made available by August 31.

Open Granting
Applications received October 1 – October 31, reviewed during November, with notifications given and funds granted made available by December 31.

Contact Information:

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

Email applications to

For questions or assistance, email the address above or call 864.223.1524.

For more information about the Innovation grant, contact Mary Woodiwiss at

Greenwood County Community Foundation
929 Phoenix Street
Greenwood, SC 29646

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Geographic Focus:

USA: South Carolina: Greenwood County