Foundation awards over $600,000 in state grants

COLUMBIA — The Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina has awarded eight Responsive Grants totaling $611,048 to non-profit and faith-based organizations across South Carolina.

Responsive Grants are designed to address the root causes of poverty by using strategic methods that allow the foundation to work closely with grantees. They develop collaborative relationships by offering focused technical assistance and monitoring through site visits. Responsive Grants are awarded once a year.

“These organizations are relentlessly working to address poverty in South Carolina through their programs and services,” said Kevin Hall, foundation board president. “It is our hope that the funding from the foundation will help strengthen and build their capacity to serve those in need.”

The 2008 Responsive Grants were awarded to the following:

Children’s Attention Home Inc. in Charleston received $150,000 for its independent living program;
East Cooper Community Outreach in Mount Pleasant received $50,000 for the East Cooper Poverty Initiative;
East Cooper Meals On Wheels Inc. in Mount Pleasant received $60,000 to provide daily nutrition for homebound residents;
Coastal Samaritan Counseling Center in Horry County received $30,000 for its planting organizational sustainability seeds program;
House of Destiny Inc. in Spartanburg received $25,000 for its Pre-Exit Community Extension Prisoner Program;
South Carolina STRONG, a state-wide program, received $115,748 for its Culinary Arts Training School;
Trinity Housing Corporation in Richland received $150,000 for the SLP Community Career Project;
United Methodist Relief Center in Berkeley County received $30,300 for Striva’s Community Youth Service.
Organizations wishing to apply for Responsive Grant funding should visit the foundation’s Web site,, for information on the application process. The next Responsive Grant deadline is the first Tuesday in April.

The Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina, established in 1996, is a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System. The foundation is committed to addressing the needs of the poor and underserved throughout the state by addressing the root causes of poverty, nurturing the growth of healthy communities, emphasizing youth and family, and measuring the outcomes of these efforts.