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Addressing the needs of our state’s poor and underserved.

The Sisters of Charity Foundation serves the unmet needs of children, families and communities in South Carolina through a variety of programs, grant opportunities, collaborative ventures, education and training for nonprofit organizations.

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SC has the 8th highest poverty rate in the nation.
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We’ve awarded 2938grants to fight poverty in our state.
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We’ve awarded $67 million to fight poverty since we began.
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Nearly 17% of all homeless in SC are children.

FOUNDATION EVENTS

Feb
22
Thu
Poverty Factor Workshop (SOLD OUT) @ Sisters of Charity Education Center
Feb 22 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

This leadership opportunity, hosted by The Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina and facilitated by Resource Solutions, is for all community members who want a deeper understanding of generational poverty and how it impacts the people we serve.

Whether we encounter it on a daily basis or choose to believe that it has no impact on our lives, poverty is a part of our reality. It is easier to discuss what “they” could or should do to change, rather than explore the self-imposed and systemic barriers that hinder individuals in generational poverty from achieving self-sufficiency.

The Poverty Factor, facilitated by Resource Solution’s Kimberly Jowers and Dr. Katrina Spigner, is an interactive experience that is designed to help individuals, leaders, organizations and communities examine the experiences of individuals in generational poverty, discover hidden personal biases and develop strategies for change.  It challenges each participant to discover their limits and then go beyond them at the individual and community level to redesign programs and approaches that better serve the individuals with whom we have contact.

This one-day training offers a deeper understanding of the challenges and needs of people in poverty and the know-how to partner with them to create successful outcomes that build healthy individuals; thereby creating healthy communities.

Mar
1
Thu
Immigrant Families Initiative Applications Due
Mar 1 all-day

The Immigrant Families Initiative seeks to improve the health, well-being and economic mobility of first and second generation immigrants, mixed status families and refugees working alongside our grantees, community stakeholders and philanthropic partners by achieving the following results:

  • boost resources of families living below 200% of the poverty line to meet basic needs of a safe, stable place to live, access to enough food, affordable health coverage and quality child care;
  • build inclusive, welcoming communities increasing social capital of newcomers;
  • employ two generation strategies to strengthen and support families;
  • improve educational outcomes from early childhood to postsecondary educational pathways;
  • enhance workforce and career skills for family-sustaining employment or entrepreneurship;
  • support DREAMers positioning them for success and next generation leadership;
  • bolster efforts to obtain citizenship, naturalization or other legal statuses;
  • increase civic engagement to strengthen communities and create social change.

Funding in this category is for strong nonprofit organizations whose work aligns with our mission and two or more of the above targeted results we seek to achieve. Each applicant must present a solid, established plan for measuring their goals, outcomes and results to demonstrate targeted impact. We partner with nonprofits willing to collaborate, share emerging ideas and promising practice models for potential replication. We welcome opportunities to dialogue and partner with other funders for greater leverage and deeper grantmaking impact.

Mar
6
Tue
Caritas Application Due
Mar 6 all-day

Just as the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine lived by these words, (which mean in all things charity) so do we, as the Foundation that bears their name.

  • Caritas Grants provide support to organizations dealing with situational poverty and/or fundamental needs of individuals and families in South Carolina.
  • Programs that focus on providing food, clothing, shelter, free health services, necessary home repairs, basic educational programming transportation and other direct services fall under the criteria for consideration for Caritas Grants.
  • Applicants should have a 501(c)3 tax exempt status and provide programs or services within South Carolina.
  • Caritas grant awards vary in size (proportional to an organization’s operating budget) and are generally designed for organizations with annual budgets of less than $900,000.
  • However, if your organization focuses on fundamental needs like those listed above but your operating budget is larger than $900,000.00, you may still qualify for consideration.  Contact the Program Team to discuss the possibility of waiving this requirement for your application.
  • Applicants should not apply for other categories of Foundation grant funding when applying for Caritas Grants. Funds are limited and the grants process is competitive.
  • The Foundation accepts applications for Caritas grants biannually: The deadlines are the first Tuesday of April and October.
  • All applications must be received by the Foundation no later than 11:59 p.m. on the date due.
May
1
Tue
Community Enrichment Application Due
May 1 all-day

Community Enrichment Grants are designed to provide financial support to organizations whose services go beyond meeting fundamental needs and will help lift people out of poverty.

  • Community Enrichment Grant funding requests may be for new programs within proven organizations, existing programs with proven success, strategic planning, collaborative projects, or other justifiable programs that go a step further than meeting immediate needs.
  • Organizations applying for Community Enrichment Grant funding should have short and long term goals and objectives and be able to provide measurable outcomes.
  • Additionally, Community Enrichment Programs are implementing best practices to address root causes of poverty and an understanding of the complexities of the issues surrounding poverty.
  • Applicants should have a 501(c)(3) tax exempt status and provide programs or services within South Carolina.
  • Applicants cannot be newly established nonprofits.
  • A pre-application to determine eligibility.  After a thorough review process, the Foundation will extend invitations for full applications to be submitted.
  • Submission of a specific budget and narrative to support the grant request. It is the responsibility of the grant seeker to justify a reasonable dollar amount.
  • Awards are for one-year with no guarantee of additional funding in subsequent year. Applicants should not apply for other categories of Foundation grant funding when applying for Community Enrichment Grants. Funds are limited and the grants process is highly competitive.
Jun
1
Fri
Collaboration for Ministry Initiative Application Due
Jun 1 all-day

As a ministry founded by the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine, our Foundation supports Catholic Nuns who help the poor and underserved in our state. Our Collaboration for Ministry (CMI) grants are designed to strengthen the ministries of these women.

Do you qualify?

If you are interested in applying for a CMI grant, please review our mission and focus as well as the eligibility guidelines to see if you are a suitable fit and apply on or before the deadline.

Make sure to submit your application by the deadline date:

  • Online – by 11:59 pm on the deadline date
  • Mailed applications must arrive by the deadline date
  • Hand-delivered by 5 pm on the deadline date
Sep
4
Tue
Caritas Fall Application Due
Sep 4 all-day

Just as the Sisters of Charity of St. Augustine lived by these words, (which mean in all things charity) so do we, as the Foundation that bears their name.

  • Caritas Grants provide support to organizations dealing with situational poverty and/or fundamental needs of individuals and families in South Carolina.
  • Programs that focus on providing food, clothing, shelter, free health services, necessary home repairs, basic educational programming transportation and other direct services fall under the criteria for consideration for Caritas Grants.
  • Applicants should have a 501(c)3 tax exempt status and provide programs or services within South Carolina.
  • Caritas grant awards vary in size (proportional to an organization’s operating budget) and are generally designed for organizations with annual budgets of less than $900,000.
  • However, if your organization focuses on fundamental needs like those listed above but your operating budget is larger than $900,000.00, you may still qualify for consideration.  Contact the Program Team to discuss the possibility of waiving this requirement for your application.
  • Applicants should not apply for other categories of Foundation grant funding when applying for Caritas Grants. Funds are limited and the grants process is competitive.
  • The Foundation accepts applications for Caritas grants biannually: The deadlines are the first Tuesday of April and October.
  • All applications must be received by the Foundation no later than 11:59 p.m. on the date due.
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“Our accomplishment is being a place where all are welcome, loved, clothed and fed. It may not lead them out of poverty, but it at least allows them to sustain the nutrition they need along with the fellowship of being treated with the utmost respect and dignity.”
Caritas Grantee, Sisters of Charity Foundation

“Not only are you increasing the faith of women in the area, you are also paving the way for us to be successful in all areas of our life.”
Community Enrichment Grantee, Sisters of Charity Foundation

“Our goal is to find the root of the problem to try to provide resources or referrals to help these individuals and families find a way out of poverty.  It is an absolute privilege to work in the community where we live and be able to assist our neighbors in need.  Our hope is to make a significant impact on our community as a whole to do our small part in breaking the cycle of poverty and making our community a better place for all of our residents.”
Caritas Grantee, Sisters of Charity Foundation
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