Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina: Southeast (South Carolina) Grants

OVERVIEW: This funder supports efforts to reduce poverty in South Carolina. Most funding goes to social services, followed about equally by education and health.

FUNDING AREAS: Social services, health, education

IP TAKE: Social services grantmaking here extends to basic needs like food and shelter, as well as new programs from previously unaffiliated grantees in the state. Program Director Donna Waites is your resource for grant questions.

PROFILE: The Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina is dedicated to the needs of the state’s poor and underserved. South Carolina has the eighth highest poverty rate in America, and about 17 percent of homeless people in the state are children. It provides programs, grant and training for nonprofits in the region. The foundation was established in 1996.

At the time this profile was written, Sisters of Charity had awarded 2,106 grants totaling over $58 million to fight statewide poverty. In a recent year, the foundation made 155 grants totaling over $1.86 million. Most of these grants have been going to social services, 56 percent compared to 22 percent each to education and health that year. The following year, the foundation gave $361,576 to 37 groups for education, 18 grants totaling $365,043 to health groups, and $1,355,592 to 10 groups for social services. This funder has reported over $94.4 million in total assets.

This is a foundation that supports the needs of the poor, both directly and indirectly. It provides community enrichment grants for new and existing programs, Caritas grants for basic needs, and collaboration for ministry grants to support Catholic Nuns who help the poor. However, this foundation does not fund capital campaigns, multi-year grants, scholarships or anything outside the state of South Carolina.

Grants are made biannually for community enrichment grants, with deadlines for pre-applications the first Tuesday of February and the first Tuesday of August. Caritas application deadlines are the first Tuesdays of April and October, and Catholic Nun organization grants are awarded once per year and typically accepted in early summer. You can apply for a grant on each of these program area’s webpages.

In addition to these grantmaking areas, the foundation has also provided flood relief to communities affected by flooding in South Carolina. One of its initiatives is kinship care, as over 50,000 grandparents have primary responsibility for their grandkids in South Carolina. Another initiative supports immigrant families, which represent about 5 percent of the state’s population. Most immigrants in the state come from Latin America and many live below the poverty line. The foundation also supports fatherhood through an initiative that aims to reduce poverty through involved fathers.

Nonprofits in South Carolina should look into the events that this foundation organizes, such as webinars for fiscal fitness, facing conflict, leadership development and team building. If you have an idea for a project that you think this foundation might support, you’re welcome to share your idea via online form for consideration. General questions can be directed to the foundation at (803) 254-0230 or


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