Grantmaking Guidelines

The Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina invests in organizations that are committed to serving individuals and families in South Carolina who are living in poverty.  Whether our funding goes toward supporting a meal delivery program acting as a lifeline to seniors living in rural areas or a financial literacy program designed to lift families out of poverty through home ownership, we believe that a holistic, intentional, and multi-faceted approach to the complex issues faced by those living in poverty in our state allows us to do our part in supporting organizations committed to our mission.

While there are several grant opportunities that are only available by invitation, we also offer grants that are open to any 501 (c) 3 organization serving individuals and families in poverty in South Carolina.

Currently, we offer two open categories of funding, Caritas grants and Community Enrichment grants.

Please review the information below to determine if your organization is eligible for funding, what category you should apply for, how to apply, and what to do after you apply.  If you still have questions, please contact our Program Team to discuss funding opportunities.

 

Before You Apply

The Foundation invests in organizations that meet the needs of people living in poverty– either directly or indirectly. To determine if your organization should apply for funding from the Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina, explore our website thoroughly to ensure compatibility with our mission, purpose, and funding history.

The Foundation considers grantmaking to be an investment in organizations helping families live out of poverty. Therefore, the goal is to invest in strong, well-run organizations that are clear about what results they will achieve and how the results will be measured.  In order to apply, you must be a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit.

No, the Foundation does not fund individuals, scholarships, or capital campaigns. Funding is intended for program costs and direct services.
The Foundation considers grantmaking to be an investment in organizations helping families live out of poverty. The goal is to invest in strong, well-run organizations that are clear about what results they will achieve and how the results will be measured. If your organization is a very newly established 501(c)3 organization, we would advise you to e-mail the Program team before beginning the application process. Your newly established nonprofit will not qualify for application to Community Enrichment but may fit the criteria for Caritas application.
Yes, we can only fund organizations serving one or more counties in South Carolina.
All projects are considered equally with no special consideration given to geographical location within the state, religious affiliation, or category of programming.
Due to the volume of applications that the Foundation receives, we are not able to visit all applicants either on site or at the Foundation office. However, your organization is welcome to call our staff, schedule a conference call, or e-mail staff with questions, ideas, or updates. The staff at the Foundation will do its very best to get to know you and the needs of your organization. Additionally, newsletters, eNewsletters, annual reports, email updates, etc. are always welcome so that we may get to know you and be informed of the work you are doing.

If you are an established nonprofit who is using best practices to address root causes of poverty  and/or proven methods to try to break the cycle of poverty with your programming, you should apply for Community Enrichment.

If you are a grassroots organization and/or you are providing direct services to meet fundamental needs of the underserved (including but not limited to food, clothing, housing, and transportation) you should apply for Caritas.

Contact the Program Team if you are still unsure of what category your program fits into.

Caritas grants are awarded to organizations dealing with the immediate effects of poverty.  Community Enrichment programs address causes of poverty and possible solutions.  Click on the link to the pages below dedicated to each category to understand the intentions of funding for each and where your organization might fit.

The Foundation will support general operating costs for programming. We prefer not to fund administrative salaries or new positions.

 

Applying for Grants