The mission of the Lowcountry Community COVID-19 Response Fund is to rapidly deploy resources to community-based nonprofit and equivalent organizations in Beaufort, Colleton, Hampton and Japser Counties that are addressing the COVID-19 pandemic.


The Lowcountry Community COVID-19 Response Fund advisory committee will review and recommend grants for eligible nonprofit organizations and equivalents that are providing services to citizens impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Applications must support health and human services nonprofits or equivalents working with residents without access to healthcare or who are food or housing insecure. Our grantmaking willl focus on increasing resiliency in affected populations by addressing the economic impact of reduced and lost work due to closures and the most vulnerable in our communities.

During the current phase of grantmaking, we have added education as a funding area, to benefit children who have increased educational needs relating to COVID-19.

Applications will be reviewed and decisions will be made on a regular basis.

Maximum amount per grant is $20,000.

Organizations may be eligible for multiple grants based on documented community needs and available funds after the grantee completes a final report.


An organization applying for a Lowcountry Community COVID-19 Response Grant must:

1. Be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, or equivalent, providing services with the four-county service area covered by Community Foundation of the Lowcountry (Beaufort, Colleton, Hampton and Jasper Counties in South Carolina).

2. Present an immediate need that is not fully met by state, federal or other nonprofit agencies and that is aligned with the mission statement of the fund.

3. Be willing to complete a profile on The Giving Marketplace by the time the grant term concludes, or agree to reimburse the Lowcountry Community COVID-19 Response Fund for the total amount of the grant.

Application Process

If your organization would like to apply for a grant, there are the items we'll need:

1. a completed application that includes a project budget form;

2. your organization's annual budget;

3. current financial statement*;

4. most recent audit or attestation statement*;

5. most recent IRS Form 990*;

*If your organization has a complete and up-to-date profile on The Giving Marketplace, you do not need to submit this information.

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COVID-19 Grants Awarded To Date

Our Lowcountry Community COVID-19 Response Fund has awarded more than $556,000 in grants to 41 organizations in Beaufort, Colleton, Hampton and Jasper Counties.

SEPTEMBER 17, 2020

In our eighth round of COVID-related grantmaking, $97,676 was awarded to 10 nonprofit organizations in Beaufort, Hampton and Jasper Counties.

Agape Family Life Center (Beaufort and Jasper Counties): for direct emergency financial assistance (rent/mortgage and utilities) for at least 25 families who are facing hardships due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Antioch Education Center (Jasper County):  to support education programs and food pantry, serving Jasper County residents with increased needs as a result of COVID-19.

Boys & Girls Club of the Lowcountry – Bluffton (Beaufort County): to support technology expenses required for the Virtual Hub Program that provides online learning programs for students who are attending virtual school at the Club while their parents work.

Boys & Girls Club of Lowcountry - Hilton Head Island (Beaufort County): to support the Distance Learning Assistance Program that provides educational support to students who attend virtual school at the Club while their parents work.

The Children’s Center, Inc. (Beaufort County): for an online school program created to support children who are learning virtually while their parents work, related to COVID-19 school closures.

First Estill Baptist Church (Hampton County): for food and supplies needed to support and expand the First Estill Baptist Food Pantry, serving Hampton County families who are facing food shortages due to COVID-19.

The LEGACY Foundation of SC (Jasper County): for their 3rd – 6th grade virtual tutoring program for students in Jasper County who are attending online school due to COVID-19 school closures.

Neighborhood Outreach Connection (Beaufort County): for technology and cleaning supplies necessary to provide a safe environment for virtual learning for low-income students at their northern Hilton Head Island location.

Programs for Exceptional People (PEP) (Beaufort County): for cleaning supplies to keep members and staff safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sandalwood Community Food Pantry (Beaufort County): to meet the substantial need for food for low-income residents of Hilton Head Island who face hardships due to COVID-19.

JULY 10, 2020

$61,155 was awarded to six nonprofit organizations in our seventh round of grantmaking.

Bluffton Jasper Volunteers in Medicine (Beaufort and Jasper Counties): to purchase medication and testing supplies to meet additional needs of low-income patients in Bluffton and Jasper Counties, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Greater Cherry Grove Food Pantry (Hampton County): to purchase food and upgrade equipment needed to expand services at their new location, providing food to low-income residents of Hampton County.

Gullah Geechee Initiative Foundation, Inc. (Beaufort County): for food and supplies needed for the Mandela Day Emergency Food Distribution Project for low-income, at-risk families and individuals on St. Helena Island.

Marshview Community Organic Farm (Beaufort County): for food to resource their collaborative food distribution program on St. Helena Island.

Mental Health America of Beaufort/Jasper (Beaufort and Jasper Counties): to fund food for Island House participants in addition to cleaning, sanitation and PPE to ensure the safety of staff, volunteers and clients.

Real Champions, Inc. (Jasper County): for food to be distributed to low-income families in Jasper County in collaboration with Hope Zone Resource Center.

JUNE 11, 2020

In our sixth round of grantmaking, a total of $40,050 was awarded to these four organizations:

Campbell Chapel Community Development Ministry (Campbell Chapel A.M.E. Church) (Beaufort and Jasper Counties): to rent a refrigerated truck to transport USDA food boxes from Atlanta to Beaufort and Jasper Counties for distribution for the Farms to Families Food Distribution Program.

Christ Lutheran Church (Beaufort County): for food and/or hygiene supplies to stock the “Little Free Pantry” for up to six months.

Healing Waters Mission & Wellness Center (Jasper County): for food and a walk-in cooler that will expand services needed for low-income residents in Jasper County for their Compassionate Food Project.

Huspah Missionary Baptist Church (Hampton County): for a freezer, food and PPE needed to increase emergency food boxes for low-income, at-risk individuals and families in Hampton County for the Feed the Need Program.

MAY 28, 2020

In our fifth round of grantmaking, $42,700 has been awarded to four organizations helping their communities deal with the coronavirus. These organizations are:

Greater Faith International Ministries (Hampton County): to provide food and shelter for Hampton County residents who have been adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Edisto Indian Free Clinic (Colleton County): for cleaning and disinfecting costs and/or PPE to maintain a healthy clinic for low-income patients in Colleton County.

Neighborhood Outreach Connection (Beaufort County): to provide rental assistance for member families in Southern Beaufort County who are unemployed or underemployed as a result of the coronavirus.

Society of St. Vincent de Paul Holy Family Conference (Beaufort County): for rental and/or utility assistance for Southern Beaufort County residents who are unemployed or underemployed as a result of COVID19.

MAY 1, 2020

Two local organizations received a total of $31,700 to address COVID-19. 

Meals-on-Wheels, Bluffton-Hilton Head (Beaufort County): for food costs related to expanding weekend meal service to low-income, infirm and homebound clients. The grant will provide one weekend meal to up to 120 individuals for 13 weeks.

Volunteers in Medicine (Beaufort County): for personal protective equipment to ensure the safety of staff and patients who seek care when the clinic reopens to serve low-income members of the community.

APRIL 24, 2020

Two organizations received $34,250 to provide relief to Colleton and Hampton County residents:

Love Abound CDC (The Joseph Storehouse) (Hampton County): for food pantry expenses and emergency housing relief for Hampton County residents who have increased needs due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

CCEDC Two, Inc. (Colleton Commercial Kitchen) (Colleton County): for food to expand their services to reach an underserved segment of the Colleton County population which faces increased food insecurity caused by the coronavirus.

APRIL 17, 2020

Six organizations received more than $90,000 in grants from our Lowcountry Community COVID-19 Response Fund. They are:

Bluffton Community Soup Kitchen (Beaufort County): to purchase food and necessities for the Hot Stuff Food Program that provides meals for low-income, at-risk community members in Bluffton and Yemassee.

Hampton United Methodist Church (Hampton County): to purchase food and supplies to expand the Hampton School District One Backpack Buddy Program to 300 participants, adding additional family members and additional meals for families which are food-insecure.

Hilton Head Regional Habitat for Humanity (Beaufort County): to fund insurance and tax escrow payments, for up to two months, for approximately 30% of Habitat for Humanity homeowners who have lost employment as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Lowcountry Strong Foundation (Beaufort County): to fund meals for unemployed or underemployed hospitality workers in Beaufort County. The program keeps restaurants open while providing meals to workers who face insecurities caused by the impact of COVID-19 on the local hospitality industry.

Margaret F. Curtis Food Pantry (Colleton, Hampton and Jasper Counties): to increase capacity due to the tremendous increase in need because of school closings and stay home orders. This food bank is a resource to low income residents in Colleton, Hampton and Jasper Counties.

New Destiny Center (Jasper County): to provide hot meals to low income, at-risk Jasper County seniors who are confined to their homes due to COVID-19.

APRIL 8, 2020

Eleven local organizations received the first grants from our Lowcountry Community COVID-19 Response Fund. They are:

Antioch Education Center (Jasper County): to purchase food to be distributed to Jasper County families through the food banks operated by Antioch Education Center and/or with backpacks to Jasper County School District students during 2020 spring break.

Beaufort-Jasper YMCA of the Lowcountry (Beaufort and Jasper Counties): to provide funding for supplies and program staff to support the Grab-and-Go program, in April and May, for students in Northern Beaufort County.

Bluffton Self Help (Beaufort County): to provide food and/or housing for clients impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

HELP of Beaufort (Beaufort County): to purchase food and provide for housing-related hardships for the increased number of clients caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Neighborhood Outreach Connection (Beaufort County): to pay landlords on behalf of individual low-income tenant families in jeopardy of eviction as a result of COVID-19 related unemployment in the neighborhoods Neighborhood Outreach Connection serves.

The Hilton Head Island Deep Well Project (Beaufort County): to fund mortgage/rental assistance needs of clients, including food and beverage employees who have lost employment, directly relating to COVID-19.

Hopeful Horizons (Beaufort, Colleton, Hampton and Jasper Counties): to transport, feed and/or shelter abuse victims as needed in our Beaufort, Colleton, Hampton and Jasper Counties.

Lowcountry Food Bank (Beaufort, Colleton, Hampton and Jasper Counties): to purchase additional food required as a result of COVID-19 to supply to partner agencies which are experiencing increased need.

St. Stephens Outreach Foodbank (Jasper County): to purchase food for clients in Jasper County and fuel to transport food because of substantial increased need due to COVID-19.

Sandalwood Community Food Pantry (Beaufort County): to purchase food and to purchase supplies to ensure the safety of volunteers and clients.

Second Helpings (Beaufort, Hampton and Jasper Counties): to employ displaced food and beverage workers to deliver food to agencies, filling the gap caused by volunteers who can no longer serve due to age or health-related vulnerability to COVID-19.

An advisory board, with representatives from each of the four counties, will continue to review grant requests on a regular basis.

Additional Information

If you have additional questions, please email Debbie Cahoon, Vice President for Community Investment.