Grant Opportunities

Getting Started

Waccamaw Community Foundation serves Georgetown and Horry county nonprofits through a twice-yearly competitive grant program, disaster relief and recovery rapid grants, and through specialized donor-advised grants. We accept applications for our competitive grants in the second and fourth quarter of each year. The majority of our grants are awarded through donor-advised funds, which are given at the recommendation of the donor and do not have open applications.

If you have never applied for a grant from Waccamaw Community Foundation, please contact Mike before you submit your application by emailing or calling 843-357-4483.

 About Our Grants

Elsie Beavers Carver and E. Lois Carver Educational Fund

Horry and Georgetown Counties

The Elsie Beavers Carver and E. Lois Carver Educational Fund awards grants in the amount of $1,000-$10,000. The Carver Educational Fund gives children, grades K-12, access to programs that improve and enrich their education. These grants focus specifically on the core subject areas of language arts, math, science, social studies, health & physical education, and the arts. Funding is available for equipment & supplies, general operating support and special projects or programs.

Application deadline: January 7. 2022 at 12:00 Noon

Exceptional programs that provide educational opportunities outside of the parameters of the Carver Educational Fund may be eligible to apply for a grant from the Jonathan P. Kresken Educational Fund or Waccamaw Community Foundation Educational Fund.

Waccamaw Community Trust

Horry and Georgetown Counties

The Waccamaw Community Trust Fund awards grants in the amount of $1,000-$5,000. The Community Trust Fund supports a wide range of causes that share one common purpose: to improve the lives of individuals and families living in Horry and Georgetown counties. Funding is available for equipment & supplies, general operating support and special projects or programs.

Application deadline: January 7, 2022 at 12:00 Noon

Disaster Relief & Recovery Rapid Grants

Horry, Georgetown and Williamsburg Counties

During times of disaster relief and recovery, we accept applications for organizations providing disaster services in Horry, Georgetown and/or Williamsburg counties. Organizations applying to do disaster work should be members of their local VOAD or COAD.

John S. and James L. Knight Foundation Donor-Advised Fund Grants

Horry County

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation Donor Advised Fund, unlike other donor advised funds, accepts project proposals for programs within Horry County only. The Knight Foundation Fund seeks to support innovations at the local, grassroots level.

Knight invests in civic innovators who address the following funding priorities: help cities attract and keep talented people, expand economic opportunity and create a culture of engagement. Knight believes that the design of places plays an outsize role in achieving these goals. Grants range from $1,000 to $50,000.

Application deadline: Rolling. To be considered, please submit a short project description (1-page or less) to Mike Mancuso for consideration. Description must clearly explain connection to the Knight Foundation’s funding priorities, listed above, or the project will not be considered further. Applications for multi-year funding proposals may be considered.


Applying for Grants

Our next competitive grant cycle is open from November 1, 2021 with a deadline of January 7, 2022 at 12:00 Noon. In early 2020, we transitioned to a new grants portal. If you haven’t already done so, you may need to register within this new system. This new system, like our last, is being provided by our partners at Coastal Community Foundation, so rest assured that you’re in the right place when you see their logo on the page.

If you need help with the new Foundant Technologies portal, please watch the helpful videos or read the tutorial linked below.

Site access and account creation
How to apply
Applicant Dashboard
Written tutorial

Online applications open twice annually in early November and May with submission deadlines in January and July. To review our grant seeker guidelines and view our evaluation rubric, download the PDF here.

To apply for one of our competitive grants,  your organization must meet the following requirements:

  • Applicants must be nonprofit organizations with 501(c)3 designation.
  • Programs/projects must serve Horry and/or Georgetown Counties only.
  • If awarded a grant, you must supply a status report for the grant at your program’s conclusion or within one year.

If you are a recipient of a previous grant from Waccamaw Community Foundation, the following conditions must be satisfied for a new application to be considered:

  • One full year must have passed from your most recent successful grant.
  • All funds from your last award must be spent before submitting a new application.
  • If you received a grant prior to 2019, this Status Report from your last grant must be completed and submitted to
  • If you have received a grant since 2019, you must have filed our new RBA grant report from the year in which you received funding. If you need help understanding the RBA report, you can watch our webinar and download the accompanying slides from the RBA Workshop.