More than $1 million in donations from Emanuel shootings to be given away

More than $1 million in donations from Emanuel shootings to be given away

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A local non-profit group Palmetto Project will give away more than a million dollars in gr ants to community organizations that serve Allendale, Hampton, Colleton, Jasper, and rural parts of Charleston and Beaufort counties.

The Lowcountry Ministries Fund was set up through Palmetto Project and the City of Charleston to manage the overwhelming financial response that poured in following the shootings at Emanuel AME last summer.

Now, $1.5 million will be given away in gr ants to local charities who apply for gr ants.

Steve Skardon, executive director of  Palmetto Project said, "In a small way, the Fund's 2,600 donors are hoping to see something new and helpful emerge from that dark time,"

Tax-exempt organizations are encouraged to apply for the gr ants such as  501(c)(3) organizations, religious organizations, or those public entities that currently address issues of social justice and economic empowerment in the six counties.

Priority will be given to applications that address issues related to children, youth, and schools; health and access to care; economic empowerment; and food and nutrition. Applicants with other project ideas are also welcome to apply.

You can apply online at

Applications must be received by 5 pm Tuesday, April 12, 2016.

The announcement of the gr ants is expected to take place in August.

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