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Trident United Way Announces Second Round of Community Changemaker Grants. 20 local nonprofits were awarded grants in first cycle

CRBJ Biz Wire //November 1, 2023//

Trident United Way Announces Second Round of Community Changemaker Grants. 20 local nonprofits were awarded grants in first cycle

CRBJ Biz Wire //November 1, 2023//

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North Charleston, SC – Trident United Way, a leading local nonprofit organization committed to fostering positive change and development within the Tri-County, is pleased to announce their second round of funding in their Changemaker Grants program.

The Changemaker Grants program offers investments toward an agency’s effectiveness, efficiency and future sustainability by providing resources to improve or expand the organization’s mission. Last quarter, Trident United Way began their first grant cycle with a pool of $100,000, but increased to over $200,000 after receiving extensive interest from area nonprofits. Awardees of the first quarter grants are listed below.

Trident United Way plans to award Changemaker Grants in four cycles before June 30, 2024, with a minimum pool of $100,000 per cycle. Each grant cycle will have a specific focus. Individual grant totals awarded will vary based on the particular project and monetary request from each winning agency.

The second cycle of Changemaker Grants will focus on supporting local nonprofits’ ability to expand beyond their current eligibility requirements for those in our community living below the ALICE Threshold. ALICE®, an acronym for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed, represents the growing number of families who are unable to afford the basics of housing, child care, food, transportation, health care, and technology. Learn more about ALICE here:

This grant pool of funding will focus on making a positive impact in the Tri-County community by supporting four local nonprofits with a minimum of $25,000 each, to expand services beyond current eligibility requirements and provide much needed services for those falling below the ALICE Threshold, particularly:

• Transportation
• Childcare
• Technology
• Other services in the categories of ALICE Household Survival Budget: Childcare, Transportation, Technology, Housing, Food, and/or Healthcare

The following criteria is required for applicants in this particular round of funding:

• Organization is currently providing services with client navigation, case management and follow up support in the areas of Financial Hardship
• Organization physically provides these services in the county it is applying for, either Berkeley, Charleston or Dorchester County
• Organization has been established for at least one year and able to provide 990 or 990EZ for documentation
• Other standard documentation required (501c3, Sec. of State Registration, BOD, and Non-Discrimination Policy.

Additional details on eligibility, requirements and the application process can be found here:

To apply, an agency representative must attend at least one info session to receive the application link. Dates and times for the info sessions are as follows:

• Monday, November 6th from 2:00 – 3:30 pm (in person at Trident United Way)
• Thursday, November 9th from 8:30 – 10:00 am (in person at Trident United Way)

Click here to register for an info session:

Applications open on November 9, 2023 and close November 28, 2023. Grantees will be notified by the end of the calendar year.

For questions, please contact:

Additionally, Trident United Way is very pleased to announce the Q1 Changemaker Grants, which were awarded for Capacity Building to the following organizations. We are thrilled to be working with each of these incredible community-focused nonprofits.

• AMOR Healing Kitchen
• Barrier Islands Free Medical Clinic
• Camp Happy Days
• Charleston Area Senior Citizens
• Charleston Habitat for Humanity
• Charleston Legal Access
• Charleston Pro Bono Legal Services
• Dorchester Children’s Advocacy Center
• Dee Norton Child Advocacy Center
• East Cooper Community Outreach [ECCO]
• Origin SC
• Habitat for Humanity of Berkeley
• Helping Hands of Goose Creek
• Shifa Free Clinic
• James Island Outreach
• Meals on Wheels of Summerville
• Palmetto Community Care
• Park Circle Cares, Inc.
• Second Chance Bikes
• Vision to Learn

About Trident United Way – Celebrating more than 77 years of service, Trident United Way is a catalyst for measurable community transformation in education, financial stability and health. In 2021 The Chronicle of Philanthropy once again voted United Way as America’s favorite charity.