Nine Upstate organizations receive Barbara Stone Foundation’s Community Innovation Grants to support programming for people with disabilities

January 18, 2024

The Barbara Stone Foundation, a non-profit organization focused on supporting visionary and creative programs and initiatives for individuals with disabilities, recently awarded nine Community Innovation Grants to Upstate non-profits. The Barbara Stone Foundation invests in innovative programs that directly support individuals with disabilities through their bi-annual Community Innovation Grants program.

The following nine non-profit organizations were presented with grants totaling nearly $32,000:

  • Able SC – $2,050 grant to support Able SC’s Movie Nights & Cooking Classes
  • Adaptive Pickleball – $2,000 grant for their Project 500
  • Clarity Upstate – $8,800 grant for Pediatric Hearing Aids
  • Lions Vision Services – $3,000 grant to support their Vis-ABILITY Program
  • David’s Table – $5,000 grant to fund their Family Camp Scholarship Fund
  • International Ballet Greenville – $2,000 grant International Ballet Greenville’s Thrive Upstate Ballet Classes
  • Prisma Health Roger C. Peace Rehabilitation – $5,000 grant to Prisma’s Community Health and Wellness Space at Unity Park
  • Trailhead Community Farm School – $1,500 grant to support their Family Summit program
  • Upcountry History Museum – $2,000 grant for the museum’s Connections Cafe

“The Barbara Stone Foundation is dedicated to awarding creative organizations grants to help ensure our community is a place where individuals with disabilities flourish,” said Lara Ceisel, executive director of the Barbara Stone Foundation. “I am thankful we have a strong and engaged board of directors to help us achieve our mission of in investing in innovative programs that empower individuals with disabilities and enlighten our community.”

The 2023 Barbara Stone Foundation board members include Nick Skenteris, President, Michele Reeves, Vice President, Riku Oinonen, Treasurer, Brooke Schmidt, Secretary, Lee Sowell, Matthew Collins, Marion Elliott, Elizabeth Piper, Jimmy Kimbell, Amy Hallasy, Audra Vellucci, Jay Blankenship, Dana Gantt Moore and the Honorable Nick Theodore, President Emeritus.

To learn more about Barbara Stone Foundation grants, visit The deadline to submit Spring 2024 grant applications is March 15, 2024. Details are online at For questions contact, Executive Director, Lara Ceisel at [email protected].


About The Barbara Stone Foundation

Since 1991, the Barbara Stone Foundation’s primary focus is to influence community systems, policies, and culture to result in equitable opportunities for individuals with disabilities in South Carolina’s Upstate. We do this by identifying gaps in services, investing in or creating our own, innovative programs, leveraging partnerships in the community, and through our signature initiatives Greenville CAN (Collaborative Action Network) and the UP (Upward Professionals) Employment Initiative. To learn more, visit or find the organization on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn.