Interested in applying for a grant from Central Carolina Community Foundation? Visit our Before You Start page to learn more about applying for a grant before continuing on this page.

FY23 Grants Overview Session

CCCF will hosted a virtual Grants Overview Session August 4, 2022 for nonprofits located in the Foundation’s 11-county service area. If you miss the session, you can watch the recording here. You can also download the PowerPoint presentation here.

Apply For a Grant

Central Carolina Community Foundation awards grants through several competitive application processes each year.

Our service area includes the following 11 counties in the Midlands: Calhoun, Clarendon, Fairfield, Kershaw, Lee, Lexington, Newberry, Orangeburg, Richland, Saluda and Sumter.

Over $240 Million in Grants and Scholarships awarded in the Midlands and beyond since 1984


All applications for grants will be submitted via grant portal. Grants for which we are accepting application are listed in the portal during their open period. If there are  no grants listed on the “Apply” page, then we are not accepting applications at that time. Refer to our calendar for when applications are open.

Livability Grants

Grants focused on making our community a stronger place to live, work, and play.

Connected Communities Grants – Funds innovative projects to improve the community’s quality of life and livability and increase residents’ satisfaction and community attachment.

Place-Based Grants

Grants for specific counties in the Midlands

Greater Chapin Community Foundation – For nonprofits that serve the Greater Chapin area.

Knight Foundation Advised Fund – For projects that attract and keep talented people, expand economic opportunity, and create a culture of engagement in the greater Columbia area.

Orangeburg and Calhoun Counties Community Foundation – For nonprofits that serve Orangeburg and/or Calhoun counties.

Sumter Community Foundation – For nonprofits that serve Sumter County.

Programmatic Grants

Grants for specific program areas

Aflac – For nonprofits serving South Carolina with programs in the areas of health, well-being and education.

Hootie & the Blowfish Foundation –  For organizations and projects that  benefits children of South Carolina through education and music programs.

Lynches River Conservation – For projects that improve the water quality and ecological integrity of the Lynches River watershed.

Mary Seibert Charitable Trust – For organizations that support the humane treatment of animals and birds within the state of South Carolina.

Midlands Community Response Fund – Provides relief, recovery, and rebuilding in response to a community-wide crisis or disaster in our 11-county service area.

One SC Fund: Hurricane Response – Funds disaster relief and recovery assistance programs throughout South Carolina.

One SC Fund: COVID-19 Response – Funds nonprofits throughout SC to respond to community needs stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Capacity Building Grants

Capacity Building Mini-Grants – Funds to assist with organizational and financial stability, improved governance and growth.

Fundraising School – A six-week course to build fundraising capacity for nonprofits.

General Operating Support – Funds Midlands-based Black-led and Black-benefiting organizations working in the service areas of arts & culture, human services, and education, OR Midlands-based organizations with a clearly stated organization mission to serve women and girls, OR organizations in one of the following counties:  Calhoun, Clarendon, Fairfield, Kershaw, Lee, Newberry, Orangeburg, Saluda, and Sumter.

Jumpstart Grants – To build fundraising capacity for nonprofit organizations with donor relations management software and coaching.