Minority-led Nonprofit Grants

The Community Foundation’s vision is to make Greenville County a thriving community where everyone can reach their full potential.

The Community Foundation of Greenville strives to make our leadership and grantmaking reflect a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. We hope to break down barriers that nonprofit leaders of color face in securing philanthropic funding by providing grants for unrestricted operating support for their organizations.

Criteria:

Grant recipients must be a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt agency located within Greenville County, South Carolina.  Grant recipients will be organizations led by people of color and/or organizations serving disadvantaged neighborhoods.

Priorities:

We are especially interested in organizations that:

  • Advance equity for the Black community in Greenville County through community-wide efforts.
  • Are neighborhood-based and provide needed resources to their communities.
  • Offer programming that serves students and/or older adults.

Grant Details and Timeline:

These grants are typically between $10,000 – $25,000. They are for unrestricted operating support and can be renewed. The Community Foundation will grant up to eight awards a year.

If you are interested in receiving a minority-led nonprofit grant, please submit a letter of interest to Bob Morris at rmorris@cfgreenville.org. This letter should include the primary activities and projects of the organization as well as its current priorities with current financial statements. Letters of interest are accepted for review by March 31st and September 30th.

Since 2020, the Community Foundation has granted $400,000 to minority-led nonprofits in Greenville County.

2023 Grants Awarded – $100,000 total

CommunityWorks – $25,000
Cultivating Minds Program – $5,000
Greenville Racial Equity + Economic Mobility Commission (REEM) – $5,000
Greer Community Outreach Center – $12,500
Nicholtown Child and Family Collaborative – $2,500
Phillis Wheatley Community Center – $12,500
Pleasant Valley Connection – $12,500
Upstate Circle of Friends – $12,500
Urban League of the Upstate – $12,500

Click here to see a list of past grant recipients.

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