Charleston Together Initiative

State Senator Marlon Kimpson and State Representatives Marvin Pendarvis and Wendell Gilliard have formed the Charleston Together Initiative to create a $100K fund with support from the community and anonymous donors. A portion of the funds will be made available to nonprofit organizations to enhance community and race relations by providing resources to programs and organizations that work with African American and other underserved communities. The remaining portion of the funds will also  support small, local businesses that have limited or no available insurance coverage to fully recover from damages suffered over the Memorial Day weekend demonstrations. To accomplish these objectives, Charleston Together has partnered with the Coastal Community Foundation and Lowcountry Local First to manage the applications, review process and distribution of funds.

Outside committees have been formed to review both portions of grant applications. The first grant cycle will take place in August 2020. Grant requests will be accepted between July 29 – August 15, 2020. Funding decisions will be made by September 5, 2020. Grants will range from $1,000 – $5,000.

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Nonprofit Eligibility

Applications are accepted from nonprofits that

– serve people who live in Charleston County;
– are recognized by the I.R.S. as a public charity, exempt from income tax with a 501(c)(3) designation under I.R.S. Code Section 509(a)(1);
– are not a political or lobbying organization; and
– do not discriminate on the basis of age, religion, sex, race, color, sexual orientation, national/ethnic origin or disability.

Grants will be given to organizations that are working to enhance community and race relations, and work with African-American and underserved communities. Preference will be given organizations that demonstrate potential for systemic change, reform, or long-range impact; leverage knowledge of unique local neighborhood/community dynamics and build upon trust-based relationships; or promote constructive dialogue, creative expression, public awareness, and/or positive interactions among diverse community members.

Small Business Eligibility 

– Business sustained physical damage and/or economic loss on May 30th and/or May 31st 2020, and has little to no insurance coverage to recover that loss.

– Business is locally-owned and operated, meaning no headquarters outside South Carolina and majority of ownership (51%) reside in the 8-county Lowcountry region.

– Business has been in operation at that location for at least six months.


If you have questions about the community nonprofit grants please contact Helen Wolfe of Coastal Community Foundation at 854-222-3458 or

If you have questions about the small business grants please contact Raquel Padgett of Lowcountry Local First at 843-442-5011 or

Media inquiries should be directed to Jordan Amaker of Lowcountry Local First at

Contributions to the fund can be made directly to the Coastal Community Foundation by going online and entering Charleston Together Fund in the “other designation” field when prompted, or by mailing a check and writing “Charleston Together Fund” in the memo line and sending to 1691 Turnbull Ave, North Charleston, SC 29405.

Recent Media Coverage:

Press Conference recorded Jul 29, 2020 to announce review committee and application process

• Charleston Together joins with Lowcountry Local First in hope to raise $100,000 for nonprofits and small businesses, in Charleston City Paper June 28, 2020

• Lowcountry Local First partners on Charleston Together Initiative Fund, in The Chronicle, June 25, 2020

Charleston Together Initiative raises more than $50,000 to help city, ABC News 4, June 3, 2020