The Community Foundation Grants for the Good of Greenwood

The Greenwood County Community Foundation (GCCF) recently awarded $26,000 in grants to ten nonprofit organizations in Greenwood County in its Youth & Education granting cycle. Recipients are Alston Wilkes Society, Bowers-Rodgers Children’s Home, Children’s Museum of the Upstate, Community Initiatives, Greenwood Family Y, Healthy Learners, A Place for Us, La Puerta de Esperanza, SC Governors’ School of Science and Mathematics, and the United Way of Greenwood and Abbeville Counties. All funding awards will support programs and projects that directly benefit residents of Greenwood County.

A diverse committee of community members reviews GCCF grant applications and funding determinations are finalized by the GCCF Board of Directors.

Applications for the GCCF Community Enhancement grant cycle will be received during the month of June, with awards to be given in August.

Since its founding in 2012, GCCF has awarded more than $2.5 million in grants to nonprofit organizations.

This announcement was published in the Index-Journal on 5.2.2017.

2016 Open Granting Cycle Grant Awards Announced

The Greenwood County Community Foundation (GCCF) awarded grants to nine nonprofit organizations in Greenwood County in their recent Open Granting cycle. Recipients are: Aviation Expo, Beyond Abuse, Community Initiatives, Greater Greenwood United Ministries, Meg’s House, The Museum, Ninety Six National Historic Site, Salvation Army, and the SC Festival of Flowers.

In 2016 alone, 21 area nonprofits have received a combined $115,425 in grants from the Foundation’s Community Impact Grants. Donor Advised and Designated Funds held by GCCF account for substantial support of many area nonprofits as well. These contributions totaled nearly $260,000 this year.

In its five year granting history, GCCF has allocated more than $2.5 million in grants, primarily for projects and programs in Greenwood County.

GCCF Grant Cycle Press Release

The Greenwood County Community Foundation will be accepting grant applications October 1-31 for funds to be awarded in the annual Open Granting cycle. Granting guidelines and application information can be found at www.greenwoodcf.org/grants.

To date, 13 area nonprofits have received a combined $90,425 in grants from the Foundation’s Community Impact Grants in this year alone. Awards between $775 and $50,000 (Innovation Grant) were disbursed, for purposes as wide-ranging as: establishing a behavioral therapy center for children with autism; scholastic and life skills training for young women in crisis; art, science, water safety, and music enrichment programs for children and youth; outreach stage performances; medical resources for school-age children with limited means; and a high school student leadership conference.

In its five year granting history, GCCF has allocated more than $2 million in grants, primarily for projects and programs in Greenwood County.

In the most recent granting cycle, Community Enhancement, funding was approved for community enrichment, service, and outreach projects through the Arts Council of Greenwood County, Festiva, Greenwood Community Theatre, Greenwood Festival Chorale, Greenwood Performing Arts, and Healthy Learners.

From left are: Jeff Smith, GCCF president; Mary Woodiwiss, GCCF projects and grants manager, Lisa Lane, Project Hope co-executive director; Mamie Nicholson, GCCF board member; Susan Sachs, Project Hope co-executive director; Martha Barnette, GCCF board member; and Amaryllis Turman, GCCF board member.

Project Hope Receives Grant

From left are: Jeff Smith, GCCF president; Mary Woodiwiss, GCCF projects and grants manager, Lisa Lane, Project Hope co-executive director; Mamie Nicholson, GCCF board member; Susan Sachs, Project Hope co-executive director; Martha Barnette, GCCF board member; and Amaryllis Turman, GCCF board member.

From left are: Jeff Smith, GCCF president; Mary Woodiwiss, GCCF projects and grants manager, Lisa Lane, Project Hope co-executive director; Mamie Nicholson, GCCF board member; Susan Sachs, Project Hope co-executive director; Martha Barnette, GCCF board member; and Amaryllis Turman, GCCF board member.

Project Hope, a Greenville-based organization that offers a wide range of services to individuals who fall along the Autism spectrum, was awarded $50,000 through the Greenwood County Community Foundation’s Innovation granting cycle to be used for the start up of an Applied Behavioral Analysis therapy program in Greenwood.

ABA therapy has proven to be transformative in the lives of those with Autism, as well as their families. GCCF’s Innovation Grant supports creative ideas that foster strategic change within the Greenwood County community, generate collective excitement because of their originality and courageous approach to addressing root causes of systemic problems or deficiencies, and contribute to a healthy, thriving community.

The foundation’s board of directors actively seek proposals that stretch the imagination and enrich lives, while fostering collaboration and partnerships among organizations when considering applications for the Innovation Grant.

Merrill Joins Community Foundation Board

Linda Dolny, Chair of the Greenwood County Community Foundation (GCCF) Board of Directors announced recently that Jane Merrill had been accepted as its newest member.

A Greenwood native and local attorney, Merrill is a Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude graduate of the University of South Carolina where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and a Juris Doctor. She clerked for the late Circuit Court Judge Wyatt T. Saunders, Jr., and has litigated cases in both civil and criminal courts.

Jane opened Hawthorne Merrill Law in 2013. She practices adoption and assisted reproductive technology law, criminal law, and represents Veterans before the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims in Washington, D.C.

Jane actively participates in her church community at The Episcopal Church of the Resurrection. She enjoys playing mandolin and performing in community theater productions.

Jane is married to Albert Merrill and they have two bright and spirited daughters.

According to Dolny, Merrill represents a transition in the makeup of the Foundation’s Board. “Our current Board consists of individuals who were instrumental in getting GCCF up and running, and very successful, in a short period of time. These are true community leaders, people of vision who have made a tremendous impact. Jane is part of a new generation of Greenwood leaders who will step in as these current leaders begin to transition off of the Board.”