37 Tri-county Black-led and Black-serving non-profits awarded $685,000 through Grant for Sustaining Black Communities

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Center for Heirs Property Preservation, one of the Black-led nonprofits that received a grant. Image courtesy of Coastal Community Foundation

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – The Coastal Community Foundation of South Carolina (CCF) has awarded $685,000 to 37 Black-led and Black-servings nonprofit organizations in the Tri-county area in a Facebook funded grant to support efforts in creativity, innovation and resiliency within black communities.

According to CCF, Black-led nonprofits have historically been under-funded and under-resourced by the philanthropy sector in America. Facebook chose CCF to coordinate the grant because of its work through scholarships, grantmaking, advocacy, and internal efforts to decrease racial inequities in coast South Carolina.

“The Facebook grant opportunity allows us to invest in leaders and organizations that tend to be more effective in providing services and support within their own communities based on trust and cultural understanding,” says Darrin Goss, President and CEO of CCF. “Supporting Black leaders to do
more of the good they’re already doing is a step forward, and we are grateful for corporate funders like Facebook who are investing in it. We hope to see others regionally and nationally step in to do the same.”

Each nonprofit will be awarded an average of about $18,500, adding to Facebook’s list of supported nonprofits through their Grant for Sustaining Black Communities. These nonprofits include areas of arts, culture, humanities, civil rights, advocacy, community improvement, education and human services.

CCF will also help these grantees build their capital to seek new and sustainable funding.

The $1 million Facebook funding also supported four specific initiatives:

  • The Lowcountry Unity Fund of Coastal Community Foundation — a grantmaking program established after the Emanuel AME Church massacre that supports efforts in Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester counties that advance racial equity or that address structural racism
  • The N.E.W. (Neighborhoods Energized to Win) Fund of Coastal Community Foundation — a grantmaking program created in 1991 to support low-to-moderate income neighborhood groups in the Lowcountry that address key issues in the neighborhoods and strengthen residents’ leadership skills
  • Institutional support for Black-led nonprofits — collaborate on a new targeted effort with regional funders aimed at capacity-building and lending structural support to organizations and grassroots efforts led by people of color
  • Black Giving Circle — seed funding to create an endowed fund at Coastal Community Foundation for Black-led giving

A fact sheet is available to view all grantees.

To learn more, visit coastcommunityfoundation.org or call (843) 723-3635.

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