The Central Carolina Community Foundation’s Connected Communities Grants program funds innovative philanthropic projects that connect residents of South Carolina Midlands to community.
Grants of up to $75,000 will be awarded in support of new or expansion projects with the potential to enhance community connections in the South Carolina Midlands region that incorporate novel approaches to creating a vibrant, connected community, raising public awareness of the area/region, and providing a measurable level of community involvement (including volunteers or participants).
The foundation will award grants in the following focus areas:
Vibrant Social Offerings — Projects include art, theater and museum exhibits, free programming at Boyd Plaza, pop-up concerts, plays, art, and movies.
Welcoming Community — Projects include virtual reality empathy projects, field trips for marginalized communities, and family events at recovery centers.
Superb Public Spaces — Projects include bike/walk trail improvements, street beautification projects, historic gardens and sites, and reimagining existing spaces to increase their use and enjoyment by the public.
Letters of Intent will be accepted September 1 through September 30.
To be eligible, applicants must be tax exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, including public entities, educational organizations, and faith-based organizations; and be registered for Midlands Gives and provide services in one of the following eleven counties in South Carolina: Calhoun, Clarendon, Fairfield, Kershaw, Lee, Lexington, Newberry, Orangeburg, Richland, Saluda, and Sumter. Organizations are expected to match 30 percent of the CCCF request.
See the Central Carolina Community Foundation for complete program guidelines, application instructions, and a PowerPoint presentation from their grant information session.