According to the Knight Foundation’s Soul of the Community Study, ‘Welcoming Community’ is the respondent’s perception of how welcoming a community is to different types of people, including people with young children, senior citizens, college graduates and minorities, among other groups. Grant projects in this focus area support open and inclusive activities and programs.

2019 Connected Communities Grant Recipients

The following nonprofits received a Connected Communities grant for their work in the ‘Welcoming Community’ area. Check back to this page throughout the year for updates on these projects.

  • City of Cayce: “Art Lot,” –An empty lot on State Street will be transformed into a public space that will connect residents, local artists, and local government with arts-focused events. The lots will also add additional parking to allow more community members to enjoy State Street.
  • EdVenture’s: “Community Enrichment Initiative,” will present Pop Up EdVenture at 12 community festivals in the CCCF service area. Pop Up EdVenture will provide STEAM and literacy programs as well as promote the museums programs and services.
  • The Harriet Hancock Center’s program, “Out,” is a support group for LGBTQ+ teens in the Midlands. The program will offer group-led outings to local attractions in the Midlands.
  • Mt. Calvary Missionary Baptist Church’s, “Small Town – Great Beginnings,” project will bring inspirational speakers to Lee County to encourage and inspire Lee County youth.
  • Palmetto Luna Arts’: “The Latino Experience,” project is a cultural, social and educational initiative aimed to provide non-Latino Midlands residents with an in-depth experience that enhances their knowledge and understanding of the Latino community.
  • Serve & Connect ‘s: “Compassionate Acts” program, which equips officers with additional resources, tools, and knowledge to assist individuals and families who are facing challenges associated with poverty in Fairfield, Kershaw, Newberry and Orangeburg Counties.
  • Sumter County Museum’s: “Chamber Music at the Temple Sinai Jewish History Center,” will present two nationally acclaimed chamber music ensembles from New York City, Dccoda and Attaca Quartet. The concerts will expand the museum’s reach in the Sumter community, increase awareness of the center, and create a unique, shared experience for the community.