The first step is a Letter of Intent (LOI). The LOI is an opportunity for you to tell us about your organization and the program or project for which funding is requested. The LOI will also tell us if the applicant organization is a qualified applicant.
An informational webinar was held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, March 31, 2016. A copy of the PowerPoint presentation can be found here for your review.
We must receive your LOI by 3:00 p.m. on Friday, April 15, 2016.
The next and final step in the application process is the submission of a Full Proposal, which provides more detailed information and materials about your request. The staff of the Palmetto Project will contact you if this is needed. Otherwise, your LOI will simply become your Full Proposal. Only those whose LOI make it clear that they are qualified applicants will advance to this second step. Full Proposals from qualified applicants will be evaluated by the Advisory Committee and funding allocations will be made accordingly.
Qualified applicant organization.
Applicants must be tax-exempt organizations like a 501(c)(3) organization, a religious organization, or a public entity with a physical address in Allendale, Colleton, Hampton, Jasper, and rural parts of lower Charleston and Beaufort counties, and currently addressing issues of social and economic justice. Organizations with 501(c)(3) status must include a copy of their IRS letter indicating their non-profit status, as well as total income and expenses for 2014 and 2015.
If the applicant is a religious organization, a grant cannot be used for religious purposes. For example, it cannot be used for things like salaries of church employees, unrelated construction projects, or worship related activities. It can be used for activities that the church sponsors that benefit the wider community and do not generate profit for the religious activities of the Church.
The same restrictions apply to governmental agencies and schools. Costs associated with the administration, programming, or normal functioning of these entities cannot be funded. However, activities that benefit the community and do not generate operating income are within the guidelines.
If the applicant organization is a public school or classroom, the application should come through its school district.
If you are applying on behalf of a coalition or partnership, the application must come from a single lead organization that agrees to be held accountable for the management of the grant.
The Fund cannot make grants to individuals, scholarship funds, or foundations.
Grants from the Lowcountry Ministries Fund will give priority to eligible applicants that address the following issues for residents of Allendale, Colleton, Hampton, Jasper, and rural parts of lower Charleston and Beaufort counties:
- Children, youth, and schools
- Health and access to care
- Economic empowerment and revitalization
- Food and nutrition
However, this list of community concerns is not exclusive. If your organization has an idea for addressing other aspects of the Fund’s focus on social justice and economic empowerment, you are encouraged to submit it along with an explanation of why it is important.
Hint. Activities most likely to be funded will increase the capacity of a community to address these concerns. Start-up projects or programs can be considered, but may not necessarily receive the same priority as existing ones. Applicants not currently operating in the designated areas to be served may only apply through an eligible applicant organization located there.
Contact Thetyka Robinson for questions about the Letter of Intent, Application, and/or selection process: