The Lowcountry Ministries Fund was created in response to the senseless attack on a Bible study class at Charleston’s Emanuel AME Church on June 17, 2015. Its purpose is to address issues of social justice and economic empowerment in mostly rural, underserved areas of Allendale, Hampton, Colleton, Jasper, Beaufort, and Charleston counties.
The Fund is managed by the Palmetto Project in consultation with Jennifer Pinckney, the wife of the late state senator, The Reverend Clementa Pinckney, and in cooperation with the Honorable and Reverend Clementa C. Pinckney Foundation, and a special Advisory Committee of community volunteers whose lives were touched both by those who died and those who survived.
The Fund has accumulated more than $1.5 million from donors from around the world. Many said they were deeply moved by the response of the people of the Lowcountry to this tragedy and hoped to see something good come from their donations. Click here to make a donation.
These funds will be allocated this Fall in the form of one-time grants to eligible organizations in the designated counties whose programs and projects align with the Fund’s focus on social justice and economic empowerment. All awarded funds will need to be expended or obligated by grantees before July 2018.
The Lowcountry Ministries Fund is not presently accepting any further applications.