Grants for the Common Good

The Bunnelle Foundation offers Grants for the Common Good in two cycles every year, Spring & Fall. This is a competitive program for organizations working in Georgetown County, South Carolina.

Requests may be made for up to $15,000. Funding is available for general operating or special project support.

  • General Operating support is funding directed to an organization’s operations rather than to particular projects.
  • Special Projects launch new programs, or help secure support from other funders.

Grant Details:

  • IRS tax status must be one of the following: IRS certified 501(c)(3) public charity, house of worship, government entity, or fiscal sponsor.
  • Grant term is 9 months.
  • Funding should be spent and a final report submitted 9 months after the Foundation’s check is received.
  • Organizations may receive no more than one Grant for the Common Good per 12-month period.

PROGRAM TIMELINE

SPRING CYCLE

Focus area:

  • Encouraging Positive Youth Development: access to opportunities, programs, and resources that help youth reach their full potential.

FALL CYCLE

Focus areas:

  • Addressing the Root Causes of Poverty: circumstances or inequities such as low literacy, teen pregnancy, inadequate parenting, or catastrophic life events;
  • Meeting Basic Human Needs: subsistence needs such as food, clean water and sanitation, shelter, health care, safety, and clothing;
  • Promoting Economic Vitality: promoting stable families, workforce development, and community wealth-building;
  • Preserving the Environment: the protection, preservation, management or restoration of natural resources.

View the program timeline

HOW TO APPLY

1. ELIGIBILITY QUIZ & LETTER OF INTENT

The first section of the Letter of Intent submission form will help you determine your organization’s eligibility for the Grant for the Common Good program. After you submit your Letter of Intent, Foundation staff will evaluate it. If your proposal is approved, we will invite you to submit a full application.

2. FULL APPLICATION

We will contact you via email to invite you to submit a full application. The application form allows you to further explain your proposal and requests detailed information about the organization.

3. SITE VISIT

We will visit every applicant organization. This visit with your organization gives staff and committee members a chance to meet with key members of your staff and board. The organizations are afforded the opportunity to show us your passion and how and where you do your work. Read more about preparing for a site visit.

4. EVALUATION & DECISION

Staff and a community-based Allocations Committee will read and evaluate all applications. The Committee will develop funding recommendations for the Foundation Board of Directors, who will make final funding decisions.

Grant requests are accepted online through our Grant Portal.