June 1, 2011

Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina Awards $79,500 in Grants

The Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina has awarded 31 Caritas grants, totaling $64,500, and three other grants, totaling $15,000, to nonprofit and faith-based organizations across South Carolina.

Caritas grants are for organizations providing outreach services to the poor and marginalized. They are one-year grants designed for organizations with annual budgets of less than $250,000.

In addition to the 31 Caritas grants, Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry, Harvest Hope Food Bank and The Cooperative Ministry each received a grant for $5,000.

“We hope these grants will make a small impact and benefit these organizations in meeting the immediate needs of the underserved in our state,” said Yvonne Orr, board chair of the Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina.

Organizations wishing to apply for funding should visit the foundation’s website, www.sistersofcharitysc.com, for information on the application process. The next Caritas grant application deadline is November 1.

About the Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina

The Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina, established in 1996, is a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System. The foundation is committed to addressing the needs of the poor and underserved in all 46 South Carolina counties, and strategically uses resources to reduce poverty through action, advocacy and leadership.


May 2011 Caritas Grants


Clover Area Assistance Center – ($1,500) Helping low-income families in crisis meet basic needs. (York County)


Coastal Community Foundation of South Carolina – ($1,500) Providing food to students and their siblings who are identified as food insecure. (Charleston County)

Coastal Rescue Mission – ($3,000) Funding to purchase a walk-in freezer for this program that provides food to the hungry. (Horry and Georgetown Counties)

Columbia Oral Health Clinic – ($1,500) Providing comprehensive dental services to poor adults. (Richland, Lexington and Sumter Counties)

Diligent Hands Gracious Hearts – ($3,000) Providing assistance to elderly urgent care clients who are in desperate need of emergency repairs to their home or property. (Greenville County)

EmmanuWheel ($1,000) This program builds wheel chair ramps for those in need. (Richland and Lexington Counties)

General Instruction for Tomorrow – ($1,500) Funding to provide meals to at-risk children. (Abbeville, Anderson and Greenwood Counties)

Good Neighbor Free Medical Clinic ($3,000) Providing free medical care to the uninsured. (Beaufort County)

Good Samaritan Clinic – ($3,000) Providing dental services to the poor. (Richland and Lexington Counties)

Good Samaritan House of Fairfield County ($1,500) Funding to provide food and clothing to the poor. (Fairfield County)

Hands of Christ ($1,500) Providing clothes and school supplies to students in need. (Charleston, Berkeley, Colleton, Dorchester and Williamsburg Counties)

Helping Hands of Goose Creek – ($3,000) An emergency food program serving families and individuals in crisis. (Berkeley County)

Jump Start – ($1,500) Funding to provide help with emergency nutritional needs to new residents of this transitional housing program. (Aiken and Spartanburg Counties)

KOBAN Columbia – ($2,000) A curriculum based after school program that couples the City of Columbia's Police Department safe haven concept with education support and assistance services. (Richland County)


Lancaster County Outreach Project – ($1,500) Meeting emergency needs of foster children and their caretakers. (Lancaster and York Counties)

Lutheran Social Services – ($3,000) Funding for an emergency feeding program that consists of a soup kitchen, food pantry and homebound meal program. (Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester Counties)

MedNeed of SC – ($1,000) Providing durable medical equipment and related items to the uninsured and indigent. (South Carolina)

Mercy Medicine Clinic – ($2,500) Funding to provide medical care, dental care and medication assistance to low-income and uninsured patients. (Florence and Dillon Counties)

North Strand Helping Hand ($2,000) Helping low-income senior citizens with their home heating costs. (Horry County)

Orangeburg Calhoun Free Medical Clinic – ($3,000) Providing medication to the indigent. (Orangeburg and Calhoun Counties)

Restoration Outreach and Community Development Corporation – ($1,500) This program provides hot meals to homebound seniors, a soup kitchen and food pantry and GED assistance. (Newberry and Union Counties)

Rural Mission – ($3,000) Emergency home repairs for low-income families with children and the elderly. (Charleston County)

Sea Haven – ($3,000) Providing outreach to homeless/near-homeless youth. (Horry County)

Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Deacon Thomas J. Berney Conference – ($2,000) Funding to provide emergency assistance to the poor. (Beaufort and Jasper Counties)

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