Taylor Foundation of Newberry

OVERVIEW: This funder supports education, cultural, and humanitarian efforts in Newberry County, South Carolina.

FUNDING AREAS: Education, culture, humanitarian efforts.

IP TAKE: Taylor has a refreshingly easy grant application process and a quick turnaround time. New grant seekers just need to be aware that many of the same groups tend to get funded year after year. It accepts grant requests by email.

PROFILE: The Taylor Foundation of Newberry was established in 1985 and aims to support Newberry County, South Carolina. It seeks to “strengthen educational and cultural opportunities for the citizens of Newberry County (South Carolina) and to encourage the appreciation of [the] county's history.” Top priorities for this small, local funder include education and cultural opportunities, followed by humanitarian needs in the county. The first grant was made in 1986 to help locals who did not have running water in their homes, and the funder has continued its commitment to providing basic needs services close to home.

Past grantees include Newberry College, the Newberry Opera House, Free Medical Clinic, Newberry Young Life, Interfaith Community Services, and other local groups. These recent grants were between $1,000 and $25,000. The funder also awarded 10 small grants totaling $1,850 lately. Small grants, between $100 and $500, have recently gone to the Newberry Community Players and Newberry Soil and Water.

The Taylor Foundation also supports a teacher of the year program and awards scholarships to students to attend Newberry College, Piedmont Technical College, and the University of South Carolina. It has awarded more than $364,000 to Newberry College for capital projects that involve renovations and landscaping.

A few years ago, the foundation partnered with the Children Museum of the Upstate to underwrite the admission cost of up to 250 Newberry County public school children each year. Also, the foundation has been funding up to $2,500 per year to the Lions Charitable Services since 2003 to help restore hearing and sight to uninsured and underinsured county citizens. View a list of grants by year here.

The foundation typically awards 10-12 grants each year totaling approximately $60,000, based on the value of its assets. Taylor switched to an online application system in 2003, which has made the turnaround time for a grant application about nine days. As a rule, Taylor does not support fundraising organizations, like Red Cross or United Way.

It only accepts grant requests by email, and grant seekers can expect a reply within a few days. There are five board members, all family members: C. Otis Taylor, Jr., Ann C. Taylor, Amelia T. Webb, Clyde O. “Trey” Taylor, and E. Cannon Taylor. There does not appear to be a full-time staff.

Direct general questions to the foundation at 803-276-3752 or cot@tcafish.com. The mailing address is 739 Kendall Road, P.O. Box 399, Newberry, South Carolina 29108.

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