Foundation awards additional $78,000 in grants

COLUMBIA — The Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina has awarded nine Collaboration for Ministry grants totaling $78,362 to programs lead by women religious throughout the state. The awards came just after the foundation granted over $600,000 in funding to other non-profits in South Carolina.

The foundation recognizes the needs and challenges facing congregations of women religious, according to a press release. These grants were established to support the women in their efforts to help the poor and underserved across the state.

“These programs, organized by women religious, work daily to address poverty in South Carolina, and are invaluable to our community,” said Thomas C. Keith, executive director of the foundation. “It is our hope that the funding from the foundation will strengthen and ensure sustainability of these programs in order for them to continue to serve those in need.”

The additional grants were awarded to the following:

 Our Lady of the Hills Church, Columbia, $5,000 to Our Lady of the Hills Respite Care Program;
Franciscan Center, Allendale, $15,000 to Center of Hope;
Franciscan Sisters of Mary, South Carolina, $15,000 to Marketing Wholeness Holiness Retreats;
St. Anthony of Padua School, Greenville, $10,362 to Intergenerational Communication Program;
St. Cyprian Outreach Center, Georgetown, $5,000 to Creating a Collaborative Model for Hispanic Outreach Ministry;
St. Martin de Porres School, Columbia, $5,000 to Arts Alive;
The Catholic Community of St. Andrew, St. Francis, St. Paul the Apostle, Oconee, $15,000 to Bridging Language and Custom in a New Culture;
St. Michael School, Garden City, $3,000  to Live It, Learn It!;
“Under the Palmetto Tree,” South Carolina, $5,000 to Under the Palmetto Tree.