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Community Foundation of the Lowcountry Awards $412,000 in Grants to Lowcountry Nonprofits

January 09, 2023
In its first competitive grant cycle of the 2023 fiscal year (July 1, 2022-June 30, 2023), Community Foundation of the Lowcountry has awarded $412,000 in grants to five local nonprofit organizations.

These competitive grants are available to nonprofits serving people who live or work in southern Beaufort County. The grants support new or expanded programs that enhance the mission of the recipients.

“We are privileged to work with agencies that serve so many needs in the community,” said CFL Vice President for Community Investment Debbie Cahoon. “The projects that were funded this cycle will bring lasting benefit to the Lowcountry.”

The deserving recipients of the fall 2022 Community Foundation of the Lowcountry grants are:

Memory Matters was awarded $45,000 to offset costs critical to expand Memory Care Adult Day Program, which will allow the agency to expand in-person program days/hours and maximize the benefit to clients served.

Memory Matters also received up to $50,000 for an Endowment Challenge Matching Grant to grow the agency’s endowment fund.

Mental Health America – Beaufort/Jasper was awarded up to $90,000, over two years, to hire a bi-lingual counselor to provide services to Spanish speaking members of the community who have been diagnosed with and/or need treatment for mental health conditions. Mental Health America will be collaborating with Volunteers in Medicine clinics on Hilton Head Island and Bluffton to maximize the benefit to the community.

Port Royal Sound Foundation was awarded up to $122,000 to develop and implement a research program to monitor the health of the Port Royal Sound. The program includes funding for a Research Coordinator, a database, and an online platform to ensure data is available to the community.

Programs for Exceptional People (PEP) was awarded up to $85,000 to purchase a van to transport PEP members to and from home, and to offsite locations necessary to participate in PEP programs.

Meals-on-Wheels Bluffton-Hilton Head was awarded $20,000 to expand the organization’s talent and technology project, allowing the agency to increase its efficiency and services.

The next competitive grant cycle will occur next spring. For more information about Community Foundation of the Lowcountry, please visit or call 843-681-9100.

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