Grants with Request for Proposal Process

These grants issue a request for proposals from local nonprofits. They typically select a focus area for annual grants.

Giving Circles

Field-of-Interest Funds

  • Berkeley Hall Charitable Fund: The Berkeley Hall Charitable Foundation is dedicated to improving the lives of Bluffton, South Carolina residents and residents of neighboring Beaufort County, especially those who are most vulnerable, and promoting philanthropy and acting as an effective steward of charitable funds. The applying nonprofit organization must be a legal 501(c)(3) registered in the State of South Carolina and the awarded funds must only be used to substantially serve the most vulnerable residents in the greater Bluffton community. If you have questions about your grant application, please contact the BHCF at The grant request amount for this cycle is $25,000 or less. Grant applications must be submitted on or before the due date of September 28, 2023 at 5 p.m.. You can access the application on the CFL website at:
  • Colleton River Charitable Fund: The vision of Colleton River Charitable Fund (CRCF) is to end the cycle of generational poverty in the Greater Bluffton community. The mission of Colleton River Charitable Fund is to give our neighbors in need the tools and support to build a better future for themselves and their families. This is rooted in a focus on hunger, housing, health and education. “We’re all in this together”. Grant applications will be accepted from February 12, 2024 until March 15, 2024 and can be accessed at the grants management portal - . If you have any questions, please contact Laureen Keenan at
  • Moss Creek Charitable Fund: The mission of the Moss Creek Charitable Fund (MCCF) is to support local charitable organizations and programs in the Lowcountry, helping those with the greatest needs, consistent with the caring spirit of the Moss Creek Community. The MCCF will consider grant applications using the following general criteria:

    * The grant addresses a current need in the Lowcountry, generally in Beaufort, Colleton, Hampton, and/or Jasper Counties.
    * The grant is in keeping with the organization's mission.
    * The applying not-for-profit organization is a legal South Carolina 501(c)(3) entity located in the Lowcountry and in good standing with the IRS.
    * Eligible charitable organizations should be focused on services that generally benefit families and children.
    Please complete and submit the Grant Application by September 16, 2024 at If there are any questions, please contact Fred Thayer at or please call 858-254-5875.

  • Palmetto Dunes Cares: A charitable organization whose motto is: Giving back while building community. Our mission is to support local youth and enhance the natural environment of the greater Hilton Head Island area through grants and scholarships. This year we are creating new initiatives and programs with the goal of building an environmental stewardship community that actively supports and engages our local youth and all who live, visit, and work in Palmetto Dunes. The focus for 2023 is to award grants to organizations providing services to local youth or the environment. We do seek significant and innovative projects, including those with a multi-year focus. We will accept applications from December 1, 2022 through February 28, 2023. You can access the application on the CFL website at All applications are due by February 28, 2023. For questions, or if you do not have access to a computer for on-line application, contact Lisa Mullins, Chairman, PD Cares Grant Committee,
  • The Port Royal Community Charitable Fund: The purpose of the Port Royal Community Charitable Fund is to provide grants to benefit our neighbors in Beaufort, Hampton, Jasper and Colleton counties; to respond to people in need; and to provide resources to help improve the lives of people in the Lowcountry. The theme for 2024 Port Royal Community Charitable Fund grants is for programs or projects designed to break the cycle of poverty through education by improving academic readiness and performance for children, birth through elementary school. This may include helping families connect to educational opportunities and resources. Project grants up to $20,000 will be awarded in June and the project must be completed no later than May 31, 2025, when your final report is due. Letter of Intent is to be submitted online no later than 4:00 pm on January 24, 2024 at If your project meets our criteria you will be asked to submit a Grant Application. If you need additional information or know someone who should apply, please contact Anita Kerkhof at
  • Riverton Charitable Fund: The Riverton Charitable Fund (RCF) is pleased to announce a new 2024 grant opportunity. Riverton Pointe landowners established the Fund in 2021 in collaboration with Community Foundation of the Lowcountry. The Riverton Charitable Fund's mission is to encourage and support the charitable, caring interests of the Riverton Pointe residents, members, and friends to enhance the sense of community among residents by having our own charitable fund, and to leverage resources in order to have a larger impact in the greater community. The purpose of the Riverton Charitable Fund is to provide grants to benefit our neighbors in Jasper County; to respond to people in need; and to provide resources to help improve the lives of people in Jasper County. RCF intends to award grants to qualified area non-profits that address the needs of our neighbors in the greater Jasper County community. The focus of these grants should be addressing the affects poverty has on families in the areas of Food Insecurity, Education and Community Support. If your organization is interested in being considered for a grant up to $5,000, please complete and submit the Grant Application at The application should include your organization information, proposed project description, beneficiaries of the funding (how you intend to use the money) and how you will measure success. RCF will not be funding fellowships, scholarships, and tuition support, religious or political programs nor making grants to individuals, endowment campaigns, annual appeals, membership drives, other fund-raising costs or organization’s overhead costs.
    The Grant Application will open on April 1, 2024 and the deadline is 4:00 pm on May 15, 2024. 
  • Sea Pines Resort Community Fund: The mission of the Sea Pines Resort Community Fund is to provide resources that support Sea Pines Resort’s history of giving back to the Lowcountry through charitable investments in programs, projects and future scholarship opportunities, which address local community needs; protect, preserve and sustain the environment; and help improve the quality of life for residents and visitors. The grant will focus on specific programs and projects that support our community and touch lives of our employees in Beaufort, Colleton and Jasper counties. 
    What We Don’t Fund:
    Administrative Costs or Operating ​Expenses
    Marketing and Advertising
    Conferences, Festivals or Concerts 
    Membership or Annual Appeal Campaigns
    Grant Applications are due by June 30th, 2024 at 11:59 PM. If you have any questions or need additional information please contact Mirna Tomic at
  • Women’s Association of Hilton Head Island Charitable Fund (WAHHI): Since our founding in 1961, WAHHI has made generous donations to projects that benefit our community. In 2016, we established the WAHHI Charitable Fund administered by the Community Foundation of the Lowcountry. Since then, we have awarded grants to local nonprofits to support specific program needs for the community. The grants will encourage and recognize programs that respond to the ever-changing needs of our community through innovative approaches to meet community challenges. This year we are specifically wanting to support educational programs that aim to improve the lives of women and children. We urge you to be creative in your responses, i.e., can the program connect WAHHI women who wish to volunteer; is there an opportunity to collaborate on the project with other nonprofits? Grant Applications are accepted from September 1, 2023 to November 17, 2023.

Other Grants

A number of our funds carry out grantmaking. Guided by our expertise, they establish their own guidelines and timeframes. These funds include:

Disaster Recovery and Rebuilding Fund Grants

The Disaster Recovery and Rebuilding Fund was established to collect monetary contributions to support disaster response, recovery and rebuilding grantmaking to eligible regional, community-based 501(c)3 nonprofits, faith-based organizations or equivalents responding to community needs in the aftermath of an officially-declared disaster.

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