Grants for the Common Good

The Bunnelle Foundation offers Grants for the Common Good (GCG) in two cycles every year. 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. In other words, these funds do not require a new initiative or specific program – they are available for the basic operational needs of the organization.

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 GCG per 12-month period.

Spring Cycle focus areas:

  • 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

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How to Apply

  1. Eligibility Quiz and Letter of Intent

    The first section of the Letter of Intent submission form will help you determine your organization’s eligibility for the GCG 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.

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  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.

  1. Evaluation and Decision

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