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Seven Local Organizations receive Beaufort Fund Grants

Seven local non-profit organizations were all smiles this past Thursday when they attended a reception in Beaufort hosted by the Coastal Community Foundation of South Carolina.  At the reception The Colleton Center, Colleton County Historic and Preservation Society, Colleton First Steps, Colleton County Memorial Library, Teach for America, Colleton Habitat for Humanity and the Colleton County Council on Aging all became recipients of the 2017-2018 Beaufort Fund Grant. The Beaufort Fund reception united dozens of grantees serving the community in diverse ways, from preservation to education, community development to arts and culture.

During the celebration Fred Washington, Committee Chair for the Beaufort Fund Committee, thanked those in attendance for all of their hard work for giving hope to the communities they serve.  He acknowledged that it takes a diverse group of people that knows how to work together to make the grant making happen.  In turn, Washington was thanked for his leadership and service to the Beaufort Fund.  Over the past twenty years the Beaufort Fund has granted out over $8.6 million to 200 nonprofit organizations, many which serve Colleton County.

Darrin Goss, President and CEO of the Coastal Community Foundation, is excited about the good happening across the lowcountry.  “I enjoy watching how groups like First Steps are working together and holding joint trainings bringing people together for a common solution,” said Goss on one of the groups that collaborate.  Goss went on to encourage other nonprofits to reach out to one another and work together to help grow their community towards a better future.

Sarah Miller, Historian for the Colleton County Historical and Preservation Society, was very grateful when she learned CCHAPS had received the grant.  “Receiving this grant will help the society continue to work to bring programs to not only our members but also to the community.  Nonprofits really rely on earning grants to help them keep moving forward and we are very happy we were chosen as a recipient this year,” said Miller on being named a recipient this year. 

The Beaufort Fund will be accepting grant applications for their next grant cycle during the month of May.  For more information on the Coastal Community Foundation or the Beaufort Fund visit their website at coastalcommunityfoundation.org.

Representatives from seven Colleton County organizations celebrated together in Beaufort as part of the Beaufort Fund reception. Over the past twenty years the Beaufort Fund has awarded $8.6 million to groups from Beaufort, Colleton, Hampton and Jasper counties. Photo by Christie Slocum

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