Foundation awards Community Enrichment grants

COLUMBIA—The Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina has recently awarded 14 Community Enrichment grants totaling $248,980 in its first round of grant-making.

The Community Enrichment “open” grants process is designed to provide financial support to organizations whose services go beyond meeting basic needs and will help lift people out of poverty.

The 14 recently awarded Community Enrichment grantees are:

Columbia Oral Health Clinic: will fund a program that provides services to uninsured HIV/AIDS patients in the Midlands of South Carolina. (Richland, Lexington, Sumter, Newberry, Kershaw, Clarendon)

Indian Waters Council, Boy Scouts of America: will fund a program that helps at-risk youth develop literacy skills, positive character traits and citizenship skills while also collaborating with families and community volunteers to increase community engagement. (Lexington, Richland, Orangeburg, Fairfield, Kershaw, Saluda)

Institute for Child Success: will fund research and establish the foundations for a more just and effective tax policy for South Carolina’s young children and families. (South Carolina)

Midlands Housing Alliance: will fund costs associated with operating Transitions housing facility and day center for homeless men and women in the Midlands. (Richland, Lexington, Fairfield, Kershaw, Newberry, Chester)

Miss Ruby’s Kids (pictured): will provide support for a research-based, early intervention, family literacy program designed to eliminate the educational disadvantage of poverty through twice weekly structured educational play sessions. (Georgetown)

New Directions of Horry County: will support providing a continuum of care to help homeless individuals and families break free from the cycle of poverty and homelessness to live independent, productive lives. (Horry)

Pendleton Place: will fund a program that works with young adults between the ages of 17-26, who often have children of their own, to address crises and strengthen families through stability-focused, targeted case management and wrap-around mentor services. (Greenville)

Sunbelt Human Advancement Resources: will support a program that will tackle the persistent challenges of unemployment and underemployment among working individuals in the Pleasant Valley Neighborhood in Greenville. (Greenville)

The Therapy Place: will fund services and support to improve the financial circumstances, emotional well-being, and family interaction of more than 50 families receiving counseling. (Richland, Lexington, Kershaw, Orangeburg, Fairfield)

Trident Literacy Association: to support a literacy program for low-income adults. Instruction is in small groups and is individualized and self-paced.(Charleston)

Trinity Housing Corporation: will support career development and support to homeless families. (Richland, Lexington, Fairfield, Sumter)

Turning Leaf Project: will help fund evidence-based programming and re-entry center for currently and formerly incarcerated men. (Charleston, Berkeley, Dorchester)

University of South Carolina Educational Foundation: will support the South Carolina Collaborative on Race and Reconciliation whose mission is to foster racial reconciliation and civic renewal through on-going campus and community dialogues provided at the request of communities that desire to address problems and issues of race. (South Carolina)

WINGS: for an innovative after-school program with a curriculum that revolves around the five core competencies of social and emotional learning and integrating cognitive, affective, and behavioral skills into all aspects of programming. (Charleston)

Requests for Community Enrichment Grant funding may be for new programs within proven organizations, existing programs with proven success, strategic planning, collaborative projects, or other justifiable programs. Organizations applying for Community Enrichment Grant funding should have short- and long-term goals and objectives and be able to provide measurable outcomes.

Applicants should have a 501(c)(3) tax exempt status and provide programs or services within South Carolina. A requirement will be the submission of a specific budget and narrative to support the grant request. It is the responsibility of the grant seeker to justify a reasonable dollar amount.

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 in all 46 South Carolina counties, and strategically uses resources to reduce poverty through action, advocacy and leadership.


Photo: Miss Ruby’s Kids