Coastal Community Foundation and its regional partners in the COVID-19 Relief & Recovery Fund announced May 27 that more than $2.1 million has been raised since the fund’s inception, and $641,745 has been awarded so far to nonprofits across coastal South Carolina to support communities impacted by the pandemic.
The funds have been deployed to 59 grantees serving all nine coastal counties since the fund was established two months ago on March 18. About half of the funds — or 49 percent— have been awarded to nonprofits distributing free meals and supplies to residents in need. About 35 percent of funds so far have been awarded to nonprofits providing financial assistance, which is helping many people pay rent and utility bills.
The fund has now raised $2.15 million in donations since its inception, with the fund balance now at $1.5 million. Donations continue to be accepted and grantmaking is ongoing. Every dollar is going directly to the nonprofits working on providing medical care, food access, financial support and more.
The awards in six rounds of grants so far have been distributed rather evenly across the three regions of Coastal Community Foundation’s service area, with:
· $189,000 awarded in the Tri-County area of Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester counties;
· $175,500 awarded in the Southern Lowcountry region of Beaufort, Jasper, Hampton and Colleton counties;
· $218,485 awarded in the Waccamaw region of Horry and Georgetown counties;
· $62,000 awarded to nonprofits serving all nine coastal counties.
Coastal Community Foundation and its partners would like to extend a special thank you to South State Bank for its recent contribution of $100,000 to the fund, and to the Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation for its contribution of $150,000.
“Whenever there’s a crisis in South Carolina, nonprofits do what it takes to quickly meet the increased needs in their communities — despite any financial or operational challenges they face,” said Darrin Goss, President and CEO of Coastal Community Foundation. “That’s why we are so grateful for all those who have donated to the COVID-19 Relief & Recovery Fund, so that we can continue to support the many organizations stepping up for South Carolinians in this incredibly difficult time.”