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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.

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


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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Meet our amazing grantees!

Learn what they’re doing to address poverty with the funds the foundation has awarded.


CMI Highlight: Our Lady of Mercy Community Outreach Services


Therapy Place Provides a Community for Families


Midlands Housing Alliance Helps People Transition to Toward Success


The Good Samaritan Clinic Provides Urgent Care for those in Need


Si Se Puede gives Latino students the Confidence to Succeed


Dedicated to Community – The Challenge Center of North, S.C.

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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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