SC Ports Awards Grants to Nonprofits, Organizations

Staff Report From South Carolina CEO

Monday, December 2nd, 2019

S.C. Ports Authorityopens in a new window awarded $128,500 in grants to 71 charitable organizations through its annual Community Giving Program.

The program provides grants to organizations in regions where S.C. Ports operates with the goal of positively impacting maritime commerce, economic development, environmental awareness, community outreach, education and workforce development efforts.

S.C. Ports is providing more funding to more organizations than ever before through its fiscal year 2020 grants.

“Our continued growth and success as an economic development engine for South Carolina enables us to support charitable organizations through our Community Giving Program,” S.C. Ports Authority President and CEO Jim Newsome said. “Our grant recipients work to improve children’s literacy, cultivate a world-class workforce, enhance the environment and support students’ creativity and curiosity, among other critical initiatives. We are proud to partner with these organizations as they undertake incredibly important work for our state.”

Grant recipients apply for the Community Giving Program. A committee – made of members with various backgrounds at the port — review applications and prioritize funding. The program offers grants of $5,000, $2,500 and $1,000.

This year’s $5,000 grant recipients include: A Backpack Journalistopens in a new window, Greenville Tech Foundation, Wounded Nature – Working Veteransopens in a new window, Dillon County First Stepsopens in a new window and SC Future Makers.

A Backpack Journalist provides students with real-world journalism experiences, including the process of writing, storytelling, film making and promotion. The group plans to use the funding to further their mission, including telling stories about the maritime industry.

Greenville Tech Foundation received SCPA funds for its Truck Driver Training Program, a 10-week certificate program that trains entry-level commercial truck drivers in long haul, short haul and basic rules and regulations of the Department of Transportation.

Wounded Nature — Working Veterans received SCPA funds to help with its mission of protecting coastal habitats and wildlife. The group assembles volunteer boaters and veterans to remove debris from hard to reach coastal areas designated by the Fish and Wildlife Service and Department of Natural Resources as critical wildlife areas.

Dillon County First Steps is a nonprofit striving to help every student in Dillon County arrive at kindergarten ready to succeed. The programs offer a comprehensive approach to ensure children receive excellent care and develop an interest in reading from a young age. SCPA funds will help support this early childhood education initiative.

SC Future Makers exposes and connects the next generation of students to statewide career opportunities. The organization works to close the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) gap and retain emerging talent. SCPA funds will be used to engage high school students and connect them with businesses.

Fiscal Year 2020 Recipients

A Backpack Journalist


American Red Cross (Lowcountry SC Chapter)

Association for the Blind & Visually Impaired South Carolina (ABVI)

Audubon South Carolina (ASC)

Avian Conservation Center

Camp Happy Days

Camp Rise Above

Charleston Adult Education

Charleston Area Senior Citizens’ Services, Inc.

Charleston Habitat for Humanity

Charleston Leaders

Charleston Waterkeeper

Children’s Cancer Partners of the Carolinas

Communities In Schools of Greenville, Inc.

Communities In Schools of the Charleston Area

Dee Norton Child Advocacy Center

Dillon County Chamber

Dillon County First Steps

Dillon Historic School Foundation

Dorchester County Economic Development

East Cooper Community Outreach (ECCO)

East Cooper Meals on Wheels

Engaging Creative Minds

Florence Crittenton Programs of SC

Friends of Coastal South Carolina

Friends of Keep Charleston Beautiful

Greenville Tech Foundation

Greer Community Ministries

Greer Cultural Arts Council

Greer Relief & Resources Agency

Habitat for Humanity of Berkeley County

Help 4 Kids Florence

Helping and Lending Outreach Support dba HALOS

Home Works of America

Hospice and Palliative Care Foundation

Jasper County First Steps

Junior Achievement of Greater South Carolina

Kids On Point

Love Feeds

Lowcountry Food Bank

Lowcountry Habitat for Humanity

Lowcountry Local First

Lowcountry Maritime School

Meals on Wheels of Summerville

Multiplying Good (formerly the Jefferson Awards Foundation)

My Sister’s House

Operation Home

Orangeburg County Community of Character

Palmetto Project/BEGIN WITH BOOKS

Reach Out and Read Carolinas

Reading Partners South Carolina

Rebuild Upstate

Redux Contemporary Art Center

Respite Care Charleston

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Charleston, Inc.

SC Future Makers

SC School for the Deaf and the Blind Foundation

South Carolina Aquarium

South Carolina Operation Lifesaver

Teach for America South Carolina

The ARK of SC

The First Tee of Greater Charleston

The Green Heart Project

The Village Group

Trident Literacy Association

United Ministries

Water Mission

Wings for Kids

Wounded Nature – Working Veterans


Fiscal Year 2019 Impact

Community Giving recipients complete outcome surveys at the end of the fiscal year to be eligible for funding in the next giving cycle. The survey allows S.C. Ports to measure the positive lasting impacts of the grant program and fulfill its mission to be a strong community partner.

S.C. Ports awarded $106,000 to 54 charitable organizations in fiscal year 2019. Impacts of the funding include:

70,000 South Carolina students benefited from Community Giving grants.

5,685 people received meals through hunger-relief programs.

5,849 people received job skills training.

200,000 people were educated about environmental sustainability.

100,853 South Carolina students participated in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) activities.