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Sisters of Charity Foundation awards $129,500 to 10 community programs

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Staff Report
Published Sept. 30, 2015

The Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina has awarded 10 grants totaling $129,500 to provide financial support for community organizations whose services go beyond meeting basic needs and will help lift people out of poverty.

For the year, the Columbia-based foundation’s awards through the enrichment program totaled $344,078.52.

Receiving grants were:

  • Charleston Area Senior Citizens Services – A service for homeless or at-risk seniors that provides case management, assessment, and supportive services to enable clients to live safely and free from hunger. (Berkeley, Charleston, Dorchester counties)
  • Florence Crittenton Programs of South Carolina Bank – A residential program serving pregnant and parenting young women by providing them with safe housing, medical care, academic education, counseling, childbirth and parenting education, and job readiness skills. (South Carolina)
  • Foothills Family Resources – A program with an approach to help low income families reach financial stability and move up the economic ladder by providing job training and soft skills development. (Greenville)
  • Greenville County Human Relations Commission – This program provides tools and information on how to build budgets, create a savings plan, improve credit, reduce debt, gain and sustain assets, establish a banking history and close the gaps in financial literacy that can hinder home-ownership and long-term financial stability. (Greenville, Spartanburg, Pickens, Anderson, Laurens, Oconee)
  • Middle Tyger Community Center – A comprehensive program designed to break the cycle of generational poverty through early intervention in the lives of pregnant and parenting adolescents and their children. (Spartanburg)
  • Sea Haven – This program is designed to help struggling, homeless, or near homeless youth create and maintain an independent life through a five-step program which includes meeting personal goals for education, health, work, life skills and community service. (Horry, Dillon)
  • The Sustainability Institute – A program that addresses two critical needs in the Charleston metro area: 1) Rehabilitation of existing, low-income homes that utilizes a dual focus on direct energy efficiency upgrades and homeowner empowerment in order to significantly reduce and sustain energy costs for families and 2) Workforce training for economically disadvantaged or underserved populations that is focused on supplying certified workers for a burgeoning energy efficiency industry in South Carolina where specialized labor is in-demand (Charleston)
  • The Women’s Shelter – This program assists participants with overcoming obstacles that keep them from accessing higher education and skilled jobs. (Statewide)
  • United Ministries Inc. – The programs and services of the Learning Center aim to provide low-wealth individuals with the resources and opportunities they need to develop financial stability. (Greenville)
  • Work in Progress – Assists people who have a diagnosis of mental illness with obtaining, maintaining and retaining employment. (Lexington, Richland)

Grants are generally awarded in the $5,000-$20,000 range. Awards are for one-year with no guarantee of additional funding in subsequent years.

Funding requests may be for new programs, existing programs with proven success, strategic planning, collaborative projects, leverage or matching fund opportunities, or other justifiable programs. Applicants should have a 501(c)(3) tax exempt status and provide programs or services within the state of South Carolina.

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