We’re facing a unique and potentially staggering health crisis. The lives of many of our neighbors will be upended, not only by the virus itself, but by the consequences the virus will wreak.

During times like these, nonprofits play an invaluable role in helping our neighbors.

Community Foundation of the Lowcountry is meeting this crisis head-on. Our Lowcountry Community COVID-19 Response Fund will rapidly deploy funds to frontline, community-based nonprofits in Beaufort, Colleton, Hampton and Jasper Counties that are addressing the needs resulting from the coronavirus pandemic.

In just a few short weeks, the community's generosity has been overwhelming.

Donations of more than $320,000 have poured in. We've matched an additional $200,000.

To date, we've granted more than $475,000 to 35 nonprofits that are providing food and/or mortgage/rent relief or are addressing domestic violence. To see a list of grantees, click here.

The needs are great, as the economic ramifications to families experiencing lay offs and furloughs increase.

We hope you'll consider making a gift to the fund.

With so many nonprofits, why is the Community Foundation your best bet for disaster giving?

  1. Community foundations know their communities. We’ve been serving our community since 1994 and we work with donors and nonprofits every day. We can quickly deploy funding to the appropriate nonprofits on the front lines of disasters to make the greatest impact.
  2. We vet organizations. We have a deep understanding of our local nonprofits’ missions, their financial stability, their governance structure and how they serve the community. You can be assured your donation is being used effectively.
  3. We know how to partner. We work closely with government agencies, corporations and other nonprofits. We have memorandums of understanding with several towns and nonprofits; we’re the only local funder to have these agreements in place. These relationships are particularly important during an emergency.
  4. We’ve done this before. In 2004 we created our Disaster Recovery and Rebuilding Fund. In 2016, after Hurricane Matthew hit, that fund allowed us to provide more than $220,000 to help our community rebuild.
  5. We can take immediate action. We have already mobilized relief by establishing our COVID-19 Neighbors Helping Neighbors Response Fund. We’ll be deploying gifts to frontline nonprofit organizations within days.
  6. We’re here for the long haul. Our investment in the community is long term – not just responding to this crisis as it’s happening, but working to rebuild and support our community afterwards.
  7. We’re accountable to our donors, our partners and our community. We share our tax returns, our investment strategies, our approach to philanthropy and our impact in the community.
  8. We plan for the future. Though we all hope our area doesn’t experience any disasters, if any money remains in our disaster funds, we’re prepared for the next time.

Our Lowcountry Community COVID-19 Response Fund grantmaking focuses on providing resources to front-line nonprofits that address health and human services, working with residents without access to healthcare or who are food or housing insecure, along with education to benefit children who have increased educational needs relating to COVID-19. Our goal is to increase resiliency in affected populations by addressing the economic impact of reduced and lost wages due to closures, job loss, etc.

Local Funds Addressing COVID-19

As we've witnessed time and again, when the Lowcountry faces a crisis, our residents respond. Below is a list of funds launched by local organizations to address COVID-19. Each has a unique approach and mission:

Lowcountry Community COVID-19 Response Fund: This fund was established by Community Foundationof the Lowcountry to rapidly deploy resources to community-based front line nonprofit organizations addressing the COVID-19 pandemic in Beaufort, Colleton, Hampton and Jasper Counties.

Campaigns related to the Lowcountry Community COVID-19 Reponse Fund:

  • Hampton Hall Charitable Fund COVID-19 Support Drive: Hampton Hall has set up a crowdfunding campaign for residents and others to make donations that will be applied to the Lowcountry Community COVID-19 Response Fund.
  • Camelot Limousine COVID-19 Relief Fund: Camelot Limousine has established a crowdfunding campaign that will be applied to the Lowcountry Community COVID-19 Response Fund. They will pick up prescriptions, groceries, take-out orders, etc., and, in lieu of payment, request that a donation to Lowcountry Community COVID-19 Relief Fund be made.
  • Community Strong - Club Outside: Donors can purchase a $250 membership that provides various benefits. Of the $250 fee, $100 goes directly to an Outside Employee relief fund to support Outside team members; $50 of each purchase will be donated to the Lowcountry Community Covid-19 Response Fund to assist local workers in need of financial support.

Help 4 Hope: This fund will provide economic support to those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Their mission: to feed families affected by COVID-19; support local restaurants by generating new business; and save jobs in the food industry. They have a goal to raise $5,000,000.

Lowountry Strong Foundation - Hungry Hearts Restaurant Workers Relief Fund: Lowcountry Strong Foundation has partnered with Downtown Catering Company to serve free lunch and dinner, from 11 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. for restaurant workers who are currently out of work. 100% of each donation goes directly to Hungry Hearts.

USCB Education Foundation - Student Emergency Fund: This fund will provide support for students who are housing/food insecure and may not have internet accessibility or transportation, have academic or basic household needs during times of an unforeseen crisis or unexpected hardship.

Additional Information

To make a gift to the Lowcountry Community COVID-19 Response Fund click here.

If you’re a nonprofit located in Beaufort, Colleton, Hampton or Jasper County and would like more information about applying for a grant from our Lowcountry Community COVID-19 Response Fund, you can find grant guidelines, eligibility requirements, the grant application and additional information here.