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Community Grants Program

Grants to Georgia and South Carolina
Nonprofits for Community Programming

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Community Foundation for the Central Savannah River Area (CSRA)

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Deadline Date:

08/31/20 3:00 PM


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Grants of up to $15,000 to Georgia and South Carolina nonprofit organizations in eligible locations for community programming. Eligible organizations are those that address the areas of arts, culture, and history; education and youth enrichment; health and the environment; and people in need. Organizations must provide programs and services to the following counties in Georgia: Richmond, Columbia, McDuffie, Burke, and in South Carolina: Aiken and Edgefield.

  • Arts/Culture/History
    Recognizing the positive impact art, cultural and historical organizations have on a community, welcome innovative and high-quality applications in this area are welcome.
  • Education/Youth Enrichment
    Applications from organizations that provide enrichment and educational opportunities to disadvantaged children, youth and adults are welcome. Examples include: job skill training and/or placement, after school or summer programs, leadership, tutoring, GED and literacy programs.
  • Health/Environmental
    Some examples of programs in this funding area include: environmental research or management, animal services, programs that support sustainable community and backyard gardens, medical clinics, drug rehabilitation programs and medical programs for persons with disabilities or mental illness.
  • People in Need
    This category is generally, but not exclusively, for human service programs that work with people in need. Examples include: feeding, housing, financial assistance, programs serving the homelessness and programs for recently incarcerated individuals.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 181288

Estimated Size of Grant:

-There is no minimum amount for grant awards.
-The Foundation asks that requests not exceed $15,000.

Term of Contract:

-Generally, a project receives funding for one year.
-If you receive funding for two consecutive years, the organiczation is not eligible for a grant in the third year.
-After taking a year off you can apply again

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Foundation considers grant applications from organizations that:
-Are determined as charitable under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, public entities or other charitable, educational or cultural organizations.
-Provide programs and services to the following counties in Georgia: Richmond, Columbia, McDuffie, Burke and in South Carolina: Aiken and Edgefield.
-Organizations that are in good standing with the Foundation.
-Will consider start-up
-Can’t duplicate services unless an unmet need can be documented
-Reviewed on a case by case basis for such things as significant, measurable need; organization can effectively address the need; organization’s likelihood of achieving outcomes; organization has plans to ensure its long time viability

Ineligible for Funding:
- Grants for individuals;
- Capital campaigns;
- Deficit financing and debt retirement;
- Endowments;
- Political organization or campaigns;
- Lobbying legislators or influencing elections;
- Special fundraising events/celebration functions;
- Personal research, unless it is directly connected to the program in your grant application;
- Core operating expenses for public and private elementary and secondary schools and public and private colleges and universities;
- Projects that are typically the funding responsibility of federal, state or local governments;
- College and University scholarship programs; however, we do fund scholarships for summer camp, afterschool programs and some other types of adult scholarships (call if unsure);
- Programs that have already taken place or will be completed in the current calendar year;
- Religious education or programs that require participation in religious services as a condition of receiving program services.

Pre-proposal Conference:

The Grant Seeker Sessions for 2021 Community Grants program will be done remotely on July 28th.

A link to that live remote training will be posted on the URL for Full Text link below prior to the 29th. Video of the training will also be posted on the website after the 29th. Those attending the remote live session will have an opportunity to ask questions during that training.

Pre-Application Information:

-Applications are reviewed and released for changes if in by the early deadline of July 19th at 3:00 p.m.
-Applications submitted after early deadline are reviewed and either declined or sent to Grants Committee.
-All applications must be submitted by 3:00 pm Monday, August 31st
-Applications are approved by Grants Committee
-Panels receive applications for review
-Site visits or Zoom interviews conducted in October.
-Panel recommendations given to Grants Committee for approval
-Full Board of Directors affirm vote by Grants Committee
-Written notification of grant decisions and Award Press Conference
-Checks are mailed no later than the end of January 2020

Starting this year with the 2021 grant cycle the Community Foundation will no longer require a nonprofit to take a year off if they've been funded the two previous years.

-It is preferred, but not required that grants are matched by funding from other sources.

Grant Seeker Guidelines:
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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Rebecca Wallace
Director of Gants and Community Engagement

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