The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, a longtime philanthropic partner to the Columbia community, has awarded $113,000 to two local nonprofit organizations. The projects – which include the... Read More
Love Where You Live
What makes residents love where they live? What draws people to a place and keeps them there?
Central Carolina Community Foundation is working to make the Midlands more connected, vibrant, compassionate, and engaged. We strive for a livable, equitable and just community to live, work, play and raise a family. Connected Communities grants support this work through funding innovative ideas from nonprofit organizations that will further knit our community together. The Foundation aims to inspire organizations to engage and invest in our community and build on the community’s existing assets.
Connected Communities is a challenge grant for interesting and engaging ideas to improve the community’s quality of life and livability and increase residents’ satisfaction and community attachment. More specifically, Connected Communities grants will fund the most important elements of an attractive community as identified by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Gallup, and On the Table community surveys.
What We Fund
Connected Communities projects should increase the quality of life, community attachment and satisfaction by increasing Midlands residents’ easy access to:
- Safe places to live and work
- Healthcare facilities and services
- Quality job opportunities
- Affordable housing
- Safe, proximal, high-quality recreational areas
- Quality arts and cultural events
Priority will be given to projects that promote equity, and incorporate policy, advocacy, institutional/systems change and/or social justice (equal rights, opportunity, and treatment for all). Central Carolina Community Foundation will continue to prioritize organizations outside Richland County and/or led by Black, Indigenous and people of color.
We Are Looking for Ideas That …
- Enhance community connections in the Midlands.
- Incorporate novel approaches to creating a vibrant, connected community.
- Raise public awareness of the area/region.
- Provide a measurable level of community involvement (volunteers or participants).
- Are new or expansion projects. Current programs from organizations will not be considered.
- Promote philanthropy across our region.
If your project/program relates to our criteria, we encourage you to apply.
Applicants are strongly encouraged to thoroughly review the Grant Guidelines prior to applying.
- Organizations must be determined as a charitable organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, public entities or other charitable, educational or faith-based organizations.
- Organizations must be physically located in one of the following 11 counties in the Midlands: Calhoun, Clarendon, Fairfield, Kershaw, Lee, Lexington, Newberry, Orangeburg, Richland, Saluda and Sumter
- Organizations must register for and participate in Midlands Gives
Applicants may request up to $50,000.
Funds are only available in the form of challenge grants. The challenge portion must generate an additional 30% of the award from the Community Foundation. For example, if your organization is awarded $50,000, you must match that award with an additional $15,000. The Foundation will not accept a transfer of internal funds or in-kind contributions. Participation in Midlands Gives can be used to assist in meeting the match goal.
Grant Process Timeline
- October 15-November 15 — Letters of Intent accepted
- December 16 — Organizations invited to submit a full application
- January 31— Invited full applications due
- March 3 — Organizations notified of application status
- March 23 & 24 — Finalist Presentations
- April 30 – Grantees notified
- Project Timeline June 1 – May 31