At a Glance

Central Carolina Community Foundation recognizes that to cultivate a community full of vitality and opportunity, nonprofits that work tirelessly to advocate for our diverse residents must be sustained. Our general operating grants support this work by investing in these nonprofits to increase their capacity to carry out their mission. In 2021, CCCF began providing multi-year General Operating Support (GOS) grants and has continued to explore ways to promote, facilitate, and increase philanthropy to create sustainable impact within our community.


GOS grants fund Midlands-based nonprofits. We are still determining eligibility for this year’s GOS grants and that will be shared via our newsletter and website at a later time. In general, our GOS grants support organizations and communities that have traditionally been underserved  by philanthropy.



To be eligible to apply for a General Operating Support grant, nonprofits must:

  1. Be determined as a charitable organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
  2. Have at least one person who dedicates a minimum of 20 hours a week to the organization (paid).
  3. Have 501(c)3 nonprofit status for at least one year (based on date application submitted).
  4. Have a physical location (based on EIN address) in CCCF’s ten priority counties (Calhoun, Clarendon, Fairfield, Kershaw, Lee, Lexington, Newberry, Orangeburg, Saluda, and Sumter).
  5. Be registered on
  6. If funded, agree to ongoing communication with CCCF staff, completion of annual reports and assessment, and expensing all grant funds annually. There are no other restrictions placed on grant funds.

Grant Amount

$10,000 per year for up to three years ($30,000 total)

How to Apply

Application will open January 1. Prior to completing the application, please determine if your organization aligns with funding priorities and eligibility.

If eligible, organizations must complete a two-step application process which includes a Round 1 online application and Round 2 interview (by invitation).



  • January 1- January 31- Applications accepted
  • January 4, at 10am –Applicant Interest Webinar|Register here!
  • March 12 – Applicants notified of Round 1 status
  • March 20 (9AM-3PM) – Hold for Round 2 interviews
  • April 17 – Applicants notified of application status
  • Project Timeline – June 1, 2023- May 31, 2026

For further information, please contact Trimease Carter at 803-254-5601 x315 or by email.


FY23 grants were made possible through funding from:

  • CCCF Community Impact Fund: to support CCCF community impact grants.
  • CCCF Field of Interest for the Arts: to support the arts.
  • Milford H. Wessinger Building Better Tomorrows Fund: health & human services for the needy in Lexington and Richland Co.
  • Key and Penny Powell Endowment Fund: for the benefit of outreach programs to underserved children or adults in the Metropolitan Columbia area offered by Christian organizations.
  •  Nell V. Mellichamp Fund: to promote music education and youth.
  • Pierrine and Hootie Johnson Field of Interest Fund: for the benefit of art, music, dance, and youth
  • Pied Piper Fund: for the benefit of art, music, dance, and youth
  • M.B. Kahn Construction Company Fund: for the benefit of general philanthropy in the field of education
  • Lester L. Bates Fund: to benefit education.
  • Dove Fund for Women and Children:  to support nonprofits in the 11-county service area of CCCF that support women and children.
  • Palmetto Center for Women Foundation: Support organizations that reflect the mission of Palmetto Center for Women and to put Christian principles into practice through programs that focus on building a healthy mind, body, and spirit for women & girls.