Grant Application Guidelines

Opportunity Grants


Opportunity Grants are Community Impact or Community Investment Grants with a grant request budget under $5,000. These grants are designed to stimulate and help launch new programs and projects; or to help focus, enhance, and/or expand an organization’s existing programs and services; or as an investment in a capital project which is a critical enhancement to the mission of the nonprofit organization.

Opportunity Grants are available to organizations throughout the Community Foundation’s four-county service area of Beaufort, Colleton, Hampton and Jasper counties. The grant term is typically 12 months and grants are made up to $5,000.

Eligibility

To be eligible for funding an organization 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 Foundation’s four-county service area: Beaufort, Colleton, Hampton and Jasper;
  • Attend a Grants Information Session within 12 months of application;
  • Have a current, up-to-date profile on The Giving Marketplace;
  • Additional eligibility requirements may apply.

Limitations

We generally will not consider requests for the following:
  • General operating support
  • Sectarian or religious activities
  • Political activities or organizations
  • Grants directly to individuals
  • Endowments
  • Annual fundraising campaigns
  • Special events or fundraisers
  • Scholarships for students in grades K-12

How to Apply

The first step in the application process is to attend a Grants Information Session to learn more about our grantmaking process and determine which programs would be suitable for your organization.

Selection Process

These grants are considered on an ongoing basis and do not follow a fixed review schedule. The Grant Advisory Committee meets on an as-needed basis, and typically makes a determination on a complete grant request in about four to six weeks. We encourage organizations to plan accordingly.

Community Foundation of the Lowcountry

Mailing Address
P.O. Box 23019
Hilton Head Island,
South Carolina 29925

Office Location
4 Northridge Drive, Suite A
Hilton Head Island,
South Carolina 29926
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