The Beaufort Fund Awards $700,000 to Lowcountry Nonprofits, many serve Colleton

Coastal Community Foundation, a grant making organization serving coastal South Carolina, announced that 2019 awards from The Beaufort Fund totaled $700,000 to 89 nonprofits from the Southern Lowcountry – Beaufort, Colleton, Hampton and Jasper Counties. This sum includes awards to 19 nonprofits that service Colleton County with nine of them being located within Colleton County. Nonprofits and supporters from the Southern Lowcountry community gathered at an annual reception on Thursday, January 31st to honor grantees at the Beaufort Inn’s Tabby Place. The reception brought together many guests to celebrate the success of grantees from across the region.

The Beaufort Fund is one of approximately 850 grant making funds managed by the Coastal Community Foundation of South Carolina. Established by generous anonymous donors in 1997, The Beaufort Fund provides support to charitable programs serving Beaufort, Colleton, Hampton and Jasper Counties. Over the past 21 years, the Beaufort Fund has granted over $9.3 million to over 200 nonprofit organizations. The Beaufort Fund supports a wide array of nonprofit programs, but the Fund’s Advisory Committee also provides general operating support to many organizations, an important building block of nonprofit capacity.

This year’s recipients that use at least 20% of their grant to better the lives of Colleton County residents are: Art Center of Coastal Carolina, Darkness to Light, Fennell Elementary School, Four Holes Indian Organization Edisto Tribal, Inc., Junior Achievement of Greater South Carolina, Inc., Lowcountry Area VITA Coalition, Operation Sight, Palmetto Project Inc., Polaris Tech Charter School and Teach for America Inc. This year’s 2019 recipients that are located within Colleton County are: the Colleton Civic Center, Colleton County Arts Council, Colleton County Council on Aging, Inc., Colleton County First Steps, Colleton County Historical & Preservation Society, Colleton County Memorial Library, Colleton County Habitat for Humanity, Inc., Hand in Hand Community Outreach and Father to Father Project, Inc.

All of the local organizations were very pleased in receiving money from the Beaufort Fund this year. Jean Harrigal with the Colleton Civic Center received $5,000 and says the grant money will be used for help with the programming at the newly renovated center. The Colleton County Arts Council wrote their grant to support four different areas. The Colleton Children’s Theatre, the Veterans Victory House, the summer food program and the disability program will all get a share of the $3,000 they were awarded. Sarah Miller is using the $3,000 the Colleton County Historical and Preservation Society received to share local history with others by making the Bedon-Lucas House more accessible to those who would like to come for a visit. The Colleton County Memorial Library is excited to be awarded $9,500 as it allows them to hire a part time assistant in the children’s area and also helps them pay to bring in cultural and informative programs for the residents of Colleton County. Cindy Riley received $11,000 on behalf of Colleton County First Steps and says the grant money help them in two ways. First, it helps support the “Parents as Teachers” programs and second it helps offset the cost of childcare training.
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