Group seeks grant applications for $1.5 million Lowcountry Ministries Fund

16.0405.candleThe non-profit Palmetto Project is asking for community organizations serving Allendale, Hampton, Colleton, Jasper, and rural parts of lower Charleston and Beaufort counties to apply for grants from its $1.5 million Lowcountry Ministries Fund.   The Promise Zone includes Allendale, Colleton, Hampton and Jasper counties.

Directions on how to apply can be found at and must be received by 3 p.m. on Friday, April 15, 2016.

According to Steve Skardon, the organization’s executive director, the Fund was created in coordination with the City of Charleston to manage the overwhelming response to the tragic shootings at Emanuel AME last summer.

“In a small way, the Fund’s 2,600 donors are hoping to see something new and helpful emerge from that dark time,” he said. He estimated that the announcement of the grants would be made in August.

He said an advisory committee of community leaders has been formed to evaluate the applications, and that Mrs. Jennifer Pinckney, wife of the late Senator Clementa Pinckney, is consulting with the Palmetto Project on that process.

Lowcountry Ministries Fund is still accepting donations at However, prospective donors desiring to honor the life of the late Reverend Pinckney are invited to visit the Honorable Reverend Clementa C. Pinckney Foundation at

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 for residents of the same areas related to children, youth, and schools; health and access to care; economic empowerment; and food and nutrition. Applicants with other project ideas are also welcome to apply.

  • An informational webinar was held March 31, 2016.  Click here to review a copy of the PowerPoint presentation.
  • Please direct questions about applications to 843-724-7100 or

About the Palmetto Project. Palmetto Project is a statewide nonprofit organization whose mission is to identify innovative approaches to social and economic challenges facing South Carolina. Through special partnerships with governments, businesses, civic groups, schools, and religious organizations, Palmetto Project strives to bring a fresh entrepreneurial spirit to the challenge of building successful communities.

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