Community Foundation Grantmaking

The Community Foundation’s grant programs reflect our desire to be innovative, inclusive and responsive to the needs of the Lowcountry. Our grants include those that are open to nonprofit application and those that originate at a donor’s request. Here is a snapshot of our grant programs:

Grants Open to Application

Foundation grants encompass several different programs that comprise the bulk of our annual grantmaking. These grant programs offer opportunities for nonprofit organizations to expand their programming, implement capital projects and develop their capacity.

Community Impact Grants are program grants which stimulate and help launch new programs and projects; or help focus, enhance, and/or expand an organization’s existing programs and services.

Community Investment Grants provide an investment in a large capital project which is a critical enhancement to the mission of the nonprofit organization.

Opportunity Grants may be either program or capital projects that have a grant request amount under $10,000.

Organizational Development Grants offer support for nonprofits to retain a consultant to help strengthen themselves organizationally, increasing their capacity to govern and achieve long-term sustainability.

Grants with Request for Proposal Process

These grant programs typically select a focus area for annual grants, such as literacy or the environment, and issue a request for proposals from local nonprofits. Click on the links below to learn more about each fund and their grant procedures:

Giving Circles

Field-of-Interest Funds

  • Jasper Community Fund
  • Lowcountry Strong Foundation
    The Lowcountry Strong Fund aims to assist and enrich the lives of Beaufort and Jasper County families, and partner with community members, to help serve those less fortunate. The Fund’s initial efforts focued on providing support for programs and services addressing Hurricane Matthew disaster assistance. This fund is not currently accepting grant requests.
  • Women’s Association of Hilton Head Island Charitable Fund
    The mission of the Women’s Association of Hilton Head Island Charitable Fund is to provide the resources for the support of the charitable programs and interests of the Women’s Association of Hilton Head Island. Grants are being accepted through November 1. Click here to access the grant application and guidelines. 

Other Grants

The Community Foundation has several funds under its umbrella that carry out grantmaking in our community through their own process. These include:  

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If you received a grant from Community Foundation in the past few years, we encourage you to complete a survey to help other nonprofit organizations learn from your experience — and to help us improve our processes. 

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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