Sisters of Charity Foundation Systems-Level Change Funding is intended for organizations that work to influence and guide change in structural systems that have created, sustained or reinforced the marginalization of families and individuals experiencing poverty in South Carolina. Organizations that qualify for this category of funding have identified one or more barriers to address and they are working with many parts of a system to reduce or eliminate that barrier long term.

Examples include organizations conducting research that can undergird systems-level change; organizations informing government policy that will result in more effective and equitable practices; and/ or organizations creating innovative solutions to address systemic issues that prevent families and individuals who are experiencing poverty to be healthy, safe and economically mobile.


  • The organization brings diverse people together to learn about the whole system and its parts more clearly and coordinates a range of interventions.
    Organization works collaboratively across sectors including but not limited to federal, state and local governments, faith-based organizations, social service agencies, funders, the business community, and the constituents being effected.
  • The goals and strategies of the organization will be long-term and based on extensive research, planning, evaluation, continuous learning, and integration of diverse perspectives.
  • Clear evidence exists that the organization has immersed itself in understanding what is holding the structural problem in place before tackling the problem.

For Inquiring Organizations:

  • Funding Parameters: Organizations should request the amount that meets their needs and will make the most impact on the proposed program, taking into consideration the median grant size for grants in this focus area is typically $25,000. Staff will work with eligible applicants to determine the best request amount.
  • Inquiries accepted: January 15-August 15, 2021
  • Application deadline: September 1, 2021
  • Funds disbursed: November 2021 
How to Apply