Community Foundation of the Lowcountry has completed its first (competitive) Impact Grant cycle for the current fiscal year. We are excited to share opportunities for joint funding of applications that we were not able to fund fully.

Donations can be made to support the Grant Applications below from November 21, 2023 through January 25, 2024. Organizations will receive funding when the opportunity closes, or when the grant is fully funded, whichever comes first.

This process is managed by the Community Investment Office. If you have any questions, please email Debbie Cahoon or call 843-681-9100 and ask for Debbie.

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Grant Requests

Art and Culture

Arts Center of Coastal Carolina
Multi-Cultural and Multi-Disciplinary Humanities

The Arts Center requested $120,000 from the Impact Grant Process. They received $100,000 leaving an unfunded balance of $20,000.

The Arts Center of Coastal Carolina requested funding to become a site for the "August Wilson's: Fences" Monologue Competition featuring Hilton Head High School students. This landmark award-winning play explores broad social issues like racism, family conflicts, mental illness, and gender inequality as seen through the lens of a black family during the post-World War II era. The closest competition is currently in Atlanta. The competition may be expanded to other schools in the region in future years.

Additionally, the Arts Center requested funds to provide a Humanities Film & Lecture Series with the potential to eventually qualify as a sought-after Southern Circuit Independent Film site.


Families and Youth

Beaufort-Jasper YMCA of the Lowcountry
Jasper YMCA Childcare Wing

The Beaufort-Jasper YMCA requested $500,000 through the Impact Grant Process. They received an award of $150,000, leaving an unfunded balance of $350,000.

Request Summary: Beaufort-Jasper YMCA of the Lowcountry is scheduled to begin construction on a new 36K sq ft facility in Okatie in early 2024. The tentative completion date for this first phase is March 2025 and total costs for the initial phase are budgeted at $17.7M. The new YMCA is conveniently located in the Argent tract.

The YMCA will offer many programs to benefit individuals of all ages. They have entered into an agreement with Jasper County Schools and will offer free swim lessons for all public school second grade students. They will serve children in Jasper County and southern Beaufort County schools with their after-school programs.

The YMCA requested funds for the childcare wing of the Argent facility. They will offer three affordable childcare rooms for infants through pre-K. The childcare wing is included in the first construction phase. It will have a private entry to ensure students are safely away from others who are using the facility.


Historical Preservation

Daufuskie Island Community Foundation
Mary Field School Renovation

Daufuskie Island Community Foundation requested $50,000 from the Impact Grant Process. They received an award of $16,000 leaving an unfunded balance of $34,000.

Request Summary: Daufuskie Island is South Carolina's southernmost barrier island. The Island represents a substantial amount of Gullah history as it was home to many descendants of Africans who were enslaved on the rice, indigo and cotton plantations housed there. After Emancipation, many former slaves returned to the island, bought land, built cottages and worked in farming, logging and oyster canning trades. When those trades dried up, many had to move off-island to find new employment opportunities. The Island is listed on the National Historic Register and welcomes thousands of tourists every year.

There are many historical sites on Daufuskie, but one of the most popular for visitors is the Mary Field Schoolhouse. The school was built in the 1930's to teach Gullah students. Author, Pat Conroy taught at the MFS in 1969 and it was the inspiration of his memoir, "The Water is Wide" published in 1972 which naturally creates increased interest in that particular site.

Daufuskie Island Community Foundation has partnered with the First African Baptist Church and Daufuskie Island Gullah Trustees to spearhead renovations to this very important Daufuskie Island asset.