Community Foundation of the Lowcountry offering disaster recovery grants

The Community Foundation of the Lowcountry is planning to award grants to eligible nonprofit organizations responding to community needs in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew, according to a release.

The foundation already has distributed $50,000 to several front-line organizations, including the Lowcountry chapter of the American Red Cross, Bluffton Self Help and the Deep Well Project, the release said.

An advisory committee made up of local government, business and community leaders will review grant applications and recommend grants to be considered by the foundation’s board of directors, executive committee or president/CEO.

The maximum single grant is $20,000 unless a memorandum of understanding already is in place, and some organizations could be eligible for multiple grants, according to the release.

To be eligible for a grant, an organization must be a regional, community-based, 501(c)(3) nonprofit, faith-based organization, or equivalent, that serves Beaufort, Jasper, Hampton or Colleton counties.

Those who want more information can visit the foundation’s website at or contact Kevin Smith, vice president for grantmaking and community leadership, at 843-681-9100.