The mission of the Lancaster County Community Foundation is to inspire philanthropy and strengthen our community by supporting initiatives that address local needs and providing quality services to donors and constituents.

The Board of Trustees supports their mission through the annual competitive grantmaking program. The Foundation is an investor in the community and is interested in creating the highest possible levels of community gain, focused on improving the lives of Lancaster County, South Carolina citizens.

Grant dollars are available through the Lancaster County Community Foundation's endowment fund, as well as the Citizen Law Enforcement Fund. The Community Investment Guidelines more clearly reflect how the board makes grant award decisions.

Community Investment Guidelines

To decide how to invest the limited dollars of the Foundation, the Board will look for effective programs and strategies that strive to support the target areas listed below. The success of a grant is predicted by reviewing the expected results of the proposal and results tracking approaches. Programs that are capable of attaining results receive higher consideration. Grant requests are reviewed with the following questions in mind:

  • What results are we investing in?
  • What are the chances we will get results?
  • Is this the best possible use of money?

Grant Cycle Timeline and Target Areas

The 2014 grant cycle is now closed. Applications are no longer being accepted.

For more information about the grants process, contact Karen Coppadge, Grants Specialist, at or 704.973.4559

Additional Notes
The Lancaster County Community Foundation has limited discretionary funds; therefore, many exemplary proposals cannot be funded. Because of the volume of requests, we do not provide written feedback on proposals that are not funded.

To conduct a fair and ethical grants program, a conflict of interest policy is followed and requires that volunteers and/or staff not participate in the grant process for an organization with which they are affiliated. Please do not lobby board or grant committee members on behalf of your organization. If an individual or organization wishes to express support for your project’s application, please have them contact Karen Coppadge, Grants Specialist, at or 704.973.4559.

Donate to the Lancaster County Community Foundation

For more information about Lancaster County Community Foundation, contact:

David Julian
Vice President
Philanthropic Advancement