The Community Foundation of the Lowcountry will award $95,700 to six local charities through its tri-annual competitive grants, the organization announced Thursday.
The following grants were awarded:
$18,200 was given to OSPREY Village, a housing community for those with developmental disabilities. The money will be used to conduct a market analysis.
$15,375 to the Bluffton Historical Preservation Society for material and labor to build a handicap ramp for the Colcock-Teel house.
$12,500 to Bluffton Self Help, which supports low-income, underemployed or unemployed area residents. The money will be used to help people find career opportunities at local colleges and universities. Participants also will be given assistance with enrollment and financial aid, as well as help paying for books, child care and transportation.
$31,950 to Friends of the Hilton Head Branch Library for equipment and materials for a lab that allows public access to computers required for academic, job-hunting and work pursuits.
$7,000 to the Gullah Museum for marketing, signs and renovations. The museum depicts life in Hilton Head Island's post-Civil War farming and bartering community. It focuses its research on the families who left the nation's first village for freed slaves, Mitchelville, and moved into neighborhoods that were known to be the island's Gullah communities.
$10,745 to the Literacy Volunteers of the Lowcountry to expand its Bluffton Learning Center program to meet growing demand for adult-literacy services. The grant will enable the group to teach at least 30 additional students by offering two additional nights of small group instruction and expanding opportunities for computer-assisted learning, according to a news release.