Our organization’s physical office is located outside of Allendale, Colleton, Hampton, Jasper, and rural parts of Beaufort and lower Charleston counties, but our program serves residents within those counties. Does that eliminate us from applying?
You would not be qualified on your own as the LM Fund will award grants to qualified applicant organizations located AND operating in the geographic footprint of the areas identified above. However, you can apply by partnering with a qualified applicant organization that is located in these communities. This partnership would need to be explained in the Letter of Intent so that we may understand how you plan to work together, including how you will account for grant funds and meeting project goals.
Can you clarify “rural parts of Beaufort and lower Charleston counties”?
The LM Fund footprint includes underserved, rural communities in lower Charleston County south of the city of Charleston on or near U.S. Highway 17 and on down into Beaufort county. If you have any doubt about your geographic eligibility, please ask us.
There seems to be a lot of funding opportunities connected to the Emanuel AME Church shooting. How is the Lowcountry Ministries Fund different from the others?
The LM Fund was created in coordination with the efforts of the City of Charleston to provide structure and direction to monetary contributions coming into the Lowcountry from around the world after the tragedy at Mother Emanuel last summer. The purpose of the Fund is to channel these donations into programs and projects that have the potential to affect social and economic progress in underserved, rural communities within the six counties listed above.
Will there be an information session for questions?
Yes, an informational webinar was held on Thursday, March 31, 2016. Slides from the webinar are available here.
What is the difference between a Letter of Intent (LOI) and the Application?
The LOI is an opportunity for you to tell us about your organization and the program or project of the qualified applicant before going through the complete application process. This also allows us to see that you have thoroughly thought through your program and how it will benefit the community long term. The application may require additional documents and questions that support your organizations goals and operations, but we will contact you if that becomes necessary.
What is the deadline to submit my Letter of Intent?
Letter of Intents must be received by 3:00 p.m. on Friday, April 15th. See specific details here.
When will I know if my Letter of Intent was accepted?
Qualified applicant organizations will be notified if they have been invited to move forward in the application process no later than April 22.
Can I still donate to the Fund?
Of course you can! Donations can be made on our website at http://palmettoproject.org/donate-to-lmfund/.
Can I talk to someone about our project idea?
We would be happy to discuss ideas with you, and answer any other questions about the application process. Please call 843-724-7100 to leave a message or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.