Waccamaw Community Foundation, the Grand Strand’s leading philanthropic organization, awarded its annual grants to fifty-six nonprofit programs as part of its annual Granting Day initiative.
The Competitive Grants, all awarded with the idea of making Horry and Georgetown counties a better place to live, support a wide range of initiatives that focus on everything from children’s reading programs to support for autism families.
“Our annual Granting Day is one of the most important days of the year for us,” said Mike Mancuso, Waccamaw Community Foundation’s executive director. “We were able to provide vital funds to many local nonprofit organizations and that is at the heart of what we do here at the Waccamaw Community Foundation.”
WCF administers the Waccamaw Community Trust; Elsie Beavers Carver and E. Louise Carver Educational Fund; and Waccamaw Community Foundation Educational Fund, all of which provide funding each year for nonprofits’ special projects or programs, equipment and supplies, and general operating support.
Recipients of the 2023 Competitive Grants are:
American National Red Cross (Carolina Lowcountry) – Disaster Cycle Services in Horry and Georgetown Counties
Barnabas Horse Foundation – Sponsorship of Therapy Horse Named Compliments
Baskervill Food Pantry – Continuing Food Distribution in Western Georgetown County
Boy Scouts of America Coastal Carolina Council – Scouting in Georgetown County
Boys & Girls Club of the Grand Strand – Project Learn: The Afterschool Initiative
Browns Ferry Community Outreach – Browns Ferry Community Outreach
Camp Happy Days – Family Financial Assistance
Carolina Human Reinvestment – Project Forward
Center for Heirs’ Property Preservation – Building Economic Mobility and Entrepreneurship Ecosystems within Underserved Communities
Champion Autism Network (CAN) – Sensory Friendly Movies for Autistic Families
Children’s Cancer Partners of The Carolinas – Georgetown/Horry County Childhood Cancer Safety Net
Children’s Recovery Center – Forensic Interviews of Child Abuse Victims
Coastal Conservation League – Equipping Georgetown County Communities to Advocate for Beneficial Conservation
Family Outreach of Horry County – Positive Parenting Education
Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum – Early Art Education and Afterschool Art Programs
Freedom Readers – 2023 In-person Program- Site Operations
Friendship Medical Clinic – General Operating Support to improve health of medically under-served adults in Horry County.
Georgetown County Diabetes CORE Group – Georgetown County Diabetes CORE Group (GCDCG)
Girl Scouts of Eastern South Carolina – Safety First!
Girls on the Run Charleston – Territory Expansion in Georgetown County
Grand Strand Down Syndrome Society – Buddy Walk-Educate, Advocate, Celebrate!
Grand Strand Miracle League – Sports Programs for Individuals with Disabilities
Ground Zero Ministries- Reach Downtown Youth and School Year Programming
Gullah Geechee Chamber Foundation – “Bring Harriet Home: Journey to Freedom”
Habitat for Humanity of Georgetown County – An equal opportunity for hope, stability, and generational wealth
Habitat for Humanity of Horry County – Financial Literacy
Helping Hand of Myrtle Beach – General Operating Support
Horry County Literacy Council – Turn Can’t Into Can – Horry Georgetown Technical College
Hugs for Horses – Learning and Healing with Horses!
Junior Achievement of Greater South Carolina – Inspiring and preparing students in Horry and Georgetown County
Lowcountry Food Bank – Fighting Hunger in Georgetown and Horry Counties
Meals On Wheels of Horry and Georgetown Counties – Feed the Forgotten
Mediation and Meeting Center of Charleston – Providing Affordable Mediation Services to Georgetown and Horry Counties
Military Officers Assoc. of America, Grand Strand Chapter – Emergency Support to Homeless and Disadvantaged Veterans
Miss Ruby’s Kids – Little Ruby’s Libraries
Multiplying Good (formerly the Jefferson Awards Foundation) – Students In Action
Murrells Inlet 2020 – Murrells Inlet Economic Impact Study
New Directions of Horry County – General Operating Support
North Strand Housing Shelter – Room Addition to Building #1
Palmetto Literacy Council – Palmetto Literacy Council’s Growing Pains
Pawleys Island Festival of Music & Art – TAKE3 & Sampit Elementary School
Pedagoworks, Inc. – Career Gateway Path Program in Horry and Georgetown Schools
Pee Dee Community Project – After School Program/Summer Academy
The Period Project – Advancing Menstrual Equity in Horry and Georgetown Counties
Project Golf – PGA HOPE (Helping Our Patriots Everywhere) Myrtle Beach Chapter
PURE Theatre – Upper Lowcountry Tour of Septima
Rape Crisis Center – Sexual Assault Services
S.O.S. Health Care – Horry & Georgetown Operations
St. Christopher’s Children – Orthodontic Program
St. James Intermediate School – Sensory Boards
Theatre of the Republic – Enhancements For The Coastal Youth Theatre Program
TWLUM TEENS PROJECT – Free Math Tutoring Program
United Way of Horry County – Mission Ready
The Village Group – Plantersville Summer Academy
YMCA of Coastal Carolina – Georgetown Out of School Program Support
For more information on the Waccamaw Community Foundation, visit WaccamawCF.org.
About the Waccamaw Community Foundation
Since 1999, local philanthropists have turned to Waccamaw Community Foundation to effectively manage their giving and meet community needs. The organization serves many people who share a common concern: improving quality of life in Horry and Georgetown counties.
WCF makes charitable giving simple and effective by offering individuals creative ways to establish and manage funds that will positively impact the Waccamaw Region for generations to come. WCF also offers advice about projects and organizations, helping donors meet their philanthropic goals.
Waccamaw Community Foundation has awarded more than $24 million in grants since the Foundation was established in 1999.