The Hootie & the Blowfish Foundation has granted $90,000 in the second round of its multi-year grant cycle donations to three S.C. programs benefiting child welfare and youth arts. The grants will be awarded over three years.
This year’s recipients are:
- Epworth Children’s Home: Epworth’s Family Care Center. The center allows mothers and their children to remain together while receiving treatment as a family.
- Abbeville County School District: Putting Students First, One Beat at a Time. The program helps the district’s schools purchase musical instruments.
- Dillon School District Four: Stayin’ the Chorus. The program sends choral students to regional performances and competitions and helps purchase classroom music materials.
In its inaugural year in 2017, the Hootie & the Blowfish Foundation grant cycle funded the Carolina Youth Development Center, Growing Home Southeast, and the Long Bay Symphonic Society.
Hootie & the Blowfish band members Darius Rucker, Jim Sonefeld, Dean Felber and Mark Bryan created the endowment in 2000. The foundation has awarded more than $2.9 million in grants through a donor-advised fund at the Central Carolina Community Foundation.