Connected Communities Grants

What makes residents love where they live? What draws people to a place and keeps them there? The Connected Communities grant initiative funds innovative philanthropic projects that connects residents to our community.

We are pleased to announce our 2018 Connected Communities Grant Recipients.  The video below highlights their projects and impact on the community:

Central Carolina Community Foundation is working to make the Midlands more connected, vibrant, compassionate and engaged. The Foundation aims to inspire organizations to engage and invest in our community and build on the community's existing assets.

The Connected Communities grant initiative funds innovative ideas in three focus areas, identified by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and Gallup as the most important elements for an attractive community:

  • Welcoming Community, which supports open and inclusive activities and programs
  • Vibrant Social Offerings, which support the availability of community events and arts and cultural opportunities
  • Superb Public Spaces, which enhance the beauty and physical setting of the Midlands community

Central Carolina Community Foundation will award grants up to $75,000. In order to inspire innovation, the grants will serve as challenge grants; secured funding will not be required until a grant is awarded. Any 501 (c)(3) public entity that is located in one of the 11 counties the Community Foundation serves and, is working in one of the three focus areas, is eligible to participate.

Apply For A Grant

Click here for the full Connected Communities Grant Guidelines, including information on how to apply, the review process, eligibility requirements, and challenge matches.

2017-2018 Grant Process Timeline

  • August 1 - September 1, 2017 | Letter of Intent Accepted
  • August 10, 2017, 10:00 AM | Connected Communities Grant Information Webinar 
  • October 1, 2017 | Organizations invited to submit full application
  • November 3, 2017 | Full applications due from those invited
  • December 15, 2017 | Organizations notified of application status
  • January 2018 | Finalist presentations
  • March 2018 | Grant recipients publicly announced
  • March 2018 - February 2018 | Project Year

Want more information?

Click HERE to view the recording of our Connected Communities Information Webinar. You can also view the slides HERE.

Click here to learn more about current projects funded by Connected Communities grants. 

CLICK HERE for FAQ's on the Connected Communities Grant

Questions? Contact Erin Johnson at or 803.254.5601 x322

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