J. Marion Sims Foundation - Lancaster County, Fort Lawn, Great Falls - South Carolina

The Foundation accepts proposals in three categories of grants:

  • Responsive Grants are awarded to nonprofit organizations and agencies proposing innovative projects and programs in the areas of prevention and education to enhance health and wellness.
  • Adult Literacy Transition Grants are awarded only to those nonprofit organizations that received three-year seed grants in the Adult Literacy and Basic Skills Initiative from 2002-2004 and meet specific proposal requirements.
  • Teachers’ Pet Grants are awarded to certified teachers and support personnel throughout the academic calendar year for projects that enhance the existing instructional program.


Funding Priorities

  • All funded projects will serve the citizens of the Foundation’s service area of Lancaster County, Fort Lawn and Great Falls, South Carolina.
  • The Foundation will give priority to grant applicants for programs of community service that provide ongoing support.
  • The Foundation seeks to make grants that will have a significant and long-lasting impact on the community.
  • Prospective grantees are encouraged to propose innovative collaborations and partnerships that respond to community needs.
  • The Foundation will favor proposals for specific projects rather than for general operations.

Funding Guidelines

  • Awards can be granted only to organizations and institutions exempt from federal taxation under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
  • All grants will be in accordance with the Foundation’s status as a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization.
  • Single-year and multi-year grants will be awarded. “Seed grants” will not exceed three years.
  • While the Foundation has no limit on the amount that can be requested, trustees will consider the availability of funds and the impact of a large request.
  • Since the Foundation’s Board of Trustees feels strongly that the orientation of grants should be in the area of projects and programs, funding in the following areas may be limited:
    • Operations
    • Capital improvement projects
    • Scholarships, conferences, or seminars that result only in professional advancement but provide no benefit to the greater community
    • Seed grants that do not address an urgent community need and do not demonstrate the potential for ongoing community support

The Foundation does not make grants to or for the following:

  • Individuals
  • Indirect costs, including payments of a percentage of a grant to a local organization’s national affiliate
  • Indigent care
  • Programs or projects generally considered to be the role of the government
  • Endowments
  • Loans
  • Retirement of accumulated debt
  • Projects of organizations that primarily benefit their own members or adherents
  • Tickets to charitable events or dinners
  • Legislative lobbying or other political purposes



J. Marion Sims Foundation, Inc. | 800 North White St. | Lancaster SC 29721 | P 803.286.8772 | F 803.266.8774