The Spartanburg County Foundation

OVERVIEW: This community funder supports nonprofits in Spartanburg County, South Carolina, in the areas of education, arts, health, human services, historic preservation, and youth. There are usually two grant cycles per year.

FUNDING AREAS: Education, arts, health, human services, historic preservation, youth.

IP TAKE: Nonprofit capacity building has been a big focus of SCF lately. Pitch a proposal that will help your group be more sustainable and secure funds from other sources.

PROFILE: The Spartanburg County Foundation (SCF) is based in Spartanburg, South Carolina, and dates back to 1943. Walter Scott Montgomery came up with the idea for a community foundation here and made the founding contribution of $10,000.

Interests are education, arts, health, human services, historic preservation, and youth. Grants are only available to groups that provide services to the residents of Spartanburg County. Multiyear grant requests are rarely considered, and most grants range between $5,000 and $15,000. Primary grantmaking consideration is given to projects that align with the Spartanburg Community Indicators Project, are collaborative, and enhance internal stability.

In a recent year, the foundation held over $115 million in assets. Current financial data is here.

Recently, there have been two responsive grantmaking cycles per year—in spring and fall. Each cycle tends to have a specific focus. For example, one focus was capacity-building grants in the areas of fundraising/funding diversification, technology/social media, strategic planning, and organizational development. Grants are not provided for fundraising events, individual schools (unless the project is district/countywide,) film projects, or annual operating support other than for start-up purposes.

Grants have gone to Girls on the Run Spartanburg, Junior Achievement of the Upstate SC, Spartanburg County Historical Association, Upstate Family Resource Center, and Children’s Security Blanket. A full list of recent grants is here.

In addition to grants, SCF awards scholarships through over 200 scholarship funds for students graduating from local high schools. Foundation initiatives include the Spartanburg Community Indicators Project, Strengthening Voices Initiative/Grassroots Leadership Development Institute, the Women Giving for Spartanburg giving circle, and Citizen Scholars.

General questions can be called into the staff at 864-582-0138, and staff email addresses are listed on the funder’s website. The mailing address is 424 East Kennedy Street, Spartanburg, South Carolina 29302.

Keep up with the funder and grant cycle openings on the In the News page. Email the grants manager, Ashley Whitt at awhitt@spcf.org to be added to their nonprofit mailing list.

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