At a Glance

Central Carolina Community Foundation recognizes that to cultivate a community full of vitality and opportunity, organizations that work tirelessly to advocate for our diverse residents must be sustained. Our general operating grants support this work by investing in nonprofits that have been historically underinvested in by philanthropy to increase their capacity to carry out their mission. With that knowledge, the Community Foundation’s African American Philanthropy Committee, staff and board will provide multi-year General Operating Support grants for Black-led and Black-benefiting organizations.

General Operating Support grants fund Midlands-based Black-led and Black-benefiting organizations working in the services areas of arts & culture, education or human services (food, clothing, toiletries, shelter, safety and security).

Black-led and Black-benefiting Organizations

A Black-led and Black-benefiting organization is defined as:

  • At least 50% of the population the organization serves identifies as Black/African descent AND
  • At least 50% of the Board of Directors identifies as Black/African descent AND
  • The organization’s Executive Director identifies as Black/African descent OR at least 50% of the organization’s Leadership Team (senior management level) identifies as Black/African descent.

Eligibility Requirements

  • 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 have a physical location in one of the following 11 counties in the Midlands: Calhoun, Clarendon, Fairfield, Kershaw, Lee, Lexington, Newberry, Orangeburg, Richland, Saluda and Sumter.
  • Organizations must be Black-led and Black-benefiting.
  • Organizations must fall within one of three service areas: Arts & Culture, Education or Human Services (food, clothing, toiletries, shelter, safety and security).
  • Organizations must have been in existence for at least one year as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit.
  • Organizations must have at least one person who dedicates a minimum of 20 hours a week to the organization.
  • Grantees must agree to ongoing communication with Community Foundation staff, completing annual reports and expensing all grant funds annually. There are no other restrictions placed on grant funds.

Grants Guidelines

Nonprofits are encouraged to review the grant guidelines prior to applying.

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Grant Amount

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

How to Apply

Application is by invitation only. If your organization aligns with funding priorities and eligibility, please contact Jamesha Shackerford, program officer at CCCF, to discuss further.

Timeline

  • November 15 – December 15 — Applications accepted (Invite-only)
  • January — Round 2 interviews conducted
  • February 1 — Organizations notified of application status
  • Project Timeline — March 1-February 28

 

For further information, please contact Jamesha Shackerford at 803-254-5601 x301 or by email.