The Spartanburg County Foundation supports a wide variety of projects that clearly provide innovative responses to address the goals and priorities set forth by the Spartanburg Community Indicators Project, with a particular emphasis in the areas of education and social environment.
Each year, the Foundation sets an unrestricted grant budget to award funding to nonprofit and tax-exempt organizations and institutions that provide services to the residents of Spartanburg County. These funds are awarded through two competitive grant cycles and focus on Continuous Improvement Grants to improve the quality of life, educational achievement, and economic mobility for residents and Nonprofit Effectiveness Grants to grow the capacity of nonprofit organizations in their work to provide support services to Spartanburg County residents.
In addition to the Foundation’s annual grant cycles, the Foundation facilitates the Community Thanksgiving Grant where a local nonprofit is selected to receive the offering from the Community Thanksgiving Service. Applications for the Thanksgiving grant will open in late summer, 2024.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Who is eligible to receive a grant?
The Foundation considers only those organizations and institutions that are recognized as 501(c)(3) nonprofit and tax exempt entities providing services to the residents of Spartanburg County. By meeting these criteria, certain institutions and organizations located outside of Spartanburg County may be eligible for funding; however, funding is restricted to benefit Spartanburg County only. Organizations that serve multiple counties must clearly show that the funds will remain in Spartanburg County.
The Foundation does not provide grants to individuals or for-profit companies/organizations.
What projects are most likely to receive a grant?
Organizations applying for a grant must provide date to support the need and proposed activities of the grant. Organizations and proposed projects/programs should clearly align with The Spartanburg County Foundation’s vision and mission and the priorities outlined in the Request for Proposals.
Can individual schools apply for grants?
The Foundation does not generally award grants to individual schools unless the proposed project is district- or county-wide and is supported by the district superintendents. In order for a proposal to be considered, requests from public school systems must come directly from the superintendent’s office.
Does the Foundation award multi-year grants?
Except in unusual circumstances, multi-year grants are not considered. The Foundation will not normally make more than one grant within a 12-month period to the same organization.
Does the Foundation make site visits?
The Foundation will initiate site visits if necessary.
How do I stay informed about the Foundation’s grant opportunities?
All of the Foundation’s grantmaking updates are posted on the Foundation’s website. Additionally, you may sign up to be added to our nonprofit mailing list so you can stay informed about future funding opportunities and the work being done by the Foundation.
Please email Evan Petty, Grantmaking Officer, at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to be added to our nonprofit mailing list.
Since 1943, The Spartanburg County Foundation has worked to improve the quality of life for all residents in the Spartanburg County community. Realizing early on that education was the basis for progress, the Foundation established its first scholarship program in 1946. Today, the Foundation facilitates scholarship funds, established through the powerful generosity of many donors, to support students in our community.
The Foundation manages more than 200 scholarship funds benefiting Spartanburg County students. If you are a high school or college student seeking more information about scholarship opportunities, please contact your school’s guidance office or financial aid representative.
Homeschool Students: Scholarship applications are filtered to us through high school guidance counselors. We recommend that you contact the high school you are zoned for and speak with the guidance department to request any information they publish about scholarship availability, application processes and deadlines.
Each year, the Spartanburg County Foundation manages several scholarships applied for through high school guidance departments. Our volunteer scholarship committee reviews the applications sent in by the schools and the scholarship criteria set by the founder of the related scholarship fund.
We are pleased to announce the following recipients of the Bobby Chapman Junior Golf Foundation Fund Scholarships. To learn more about the fund and tournament that fuels these scholarships for students regardless of their involvement in the sport, watch this clip from the SCF film, “Cultivating Innovation.”
We are also pleased to announce the recipients of the Croft Rescue 18 Scholarships, supporting students in the squad’s area of service, and the recipient of a scholarship for a Spartanburg County student, provided by an anonymous SCF Donor.
SCF is pleased to work with guidance counselors from across the County to facilitate these scholarship awards.
2018 Spartanburg County Anonymous Scholarship RecipientThank you, Spartanburg County Anonymous Scholarship Committee, for believing in me! As a first generation college student, this money will be a tremendous help for me. I’ll remember your generosity through my years of college and after!Haley Mainville
From Recipient to FundholderSixty-one years ago, I received a $500 loan from The Spartanburg County Foundation which enabled me to return to college for my senior year. Today, Keith and I have two scholarship funds at The Spartanburg County Foundation to help local students attend college.Louise Parris