Community Foundation of the Lowcountry has Awarded More than $475,700 to Regional Nonprofit Organizations to Address COVID-19 Needs

Staff Report

Monday, July 13th, 2020

In its seventh round of COVID-19-related grantmaking since April, Community Foundation of the Lowcountry has awarded an additional $61,155 to six organizations that are addressing critical needs resulting from the coronavirus pandemic. To date, a total of $475,717 has been granted to 35 organizations in Beaufort, Colleton, Hampton and Jasper Counties.

Community Foundation of the Lowcountry established the Lowcountry Community COVID-19 Response Fund in mid-March to rapidly deploy funds to nonprofit organizations addressing the needs of individuals and families struggling from the challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

A grants advisory committee, comprised of community leaders from Beaufort, Colleton, Hampton and Jasper Counties, reviews the grant applications. 

The following organizations have received grants in this round of grantmaking: 

Bluffton Jasper Volunteers in Medicine: to purchase medication and testing supplies to meet additional needs of low-income patients in Bluffton and Jasper Counties, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Greater Cherry Grove Food Pantry: to purchase food and upgrade equipment needed to expand services at their new location, providing food to low-income residents of Hampton County.

Gullah Geechee Initiative Foundation, Inc.: for food and supplies needed for the Mandela Day Emergency Food Distribution Project for low-income, at-risk families and individuals on St. Helena Island.

Marshview Community Organic Farm: for food to resource their collaborative food distribution program on St. Helena Island.

Mental Health America of Beaufort/Jasper: to fund food for Island House participants in addition to cleaning, sanitation and PPE to ensure the safety of staff, volunteers and clients.

Real Champions, Inc.: for food to be distributed to low-income families in Jasper County in collaboration with Hope Zone Resource Center.

Because the needs created by COVID-19 will continue, the Lowcountry Community COVID-19 Response Fund is still accepting donations. If you’d like to make a tax-exempt donation to the Lowcountry Community COVID-19 Response Fund, you can do so by visiting the Community Foundation’s home page at or by going to the fund’s donation landing page at