The Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina will open the Community Enrichment grant process in 2015 to organizations interested in funding. This process was previously by invitation only. “We are excited to be able to provide another avenue for organizations to seek financial support from the Foundation,” Tom Keith, President of Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina, said. “In 2015, it is our goal to put four times as much money out into communities across the state to organizations addressing issues related to poverty.”

The Community Enrichment Grants are designed to provide financial support to organizations addressing poverty. Applicants should have a 501(c)(3) tax exempt status and provide programs or services within the state of South Carolina. Grants are generally awarded in the $5,000-$20,000 range, and a requirement will be the submission of a specific budget and narrative to support the grant request. Awards are for one-year with no guarantee of additional funding in subsequent years. Funding requests may be for new programs, existing programs with proven success, strategic planning, collaborative projects, leverage or matching fund opportunities, or other justifiable programs. Applicants should not apply for other categories of Foundation grant funding when applying for Community Enrichment Grants.

The Foundation encourages all potential applicants to review the website thoroughly to ensure compatibility with the Foundation’s mission, purpose, and funding history. This is a highly competitive process which requires the Foundation to make difficult funding decisions. Approximately 15 grants will be awarded per funding cycle.

All applications will go through a thorough screening and review process. Final decisions will be made within two months following the deadline and organizations will be notified in writing of the decision regarding their application. The deadline for applications will be the first Tuesday in March and the first Tuesday in September.