Our investments are designed to benefit the community’s future.

All of our efforts are in cooperation with others.

Our small grants are designed to help people see and believe in positive change.

Our large grants focus on creating long term, significant change.

Community Indicators


J. Marion Sims Foundation, Chester Healthcare Foundation, USC-Lancaster and many other partner organizations are excited to embark on a new initiative: becoming a data-informed community so that we can better answer the question: Are we making an impact in the lives of residents living in Lancaster and Chester counties?


Indicators measure what the community cares about and track whether the community is moving in the right direction. Without indicators, it is difficult to know whether progress is being made on important issues. Those metrics provide essential guidance for action and key tools for appropriate engagement of the public. We are currently measuring the health and wellness of the communities we serve using a framework of 11 COMMUNITY INDICATORS. Please take a few moments to read through the  “Community Indicators” presentation here.

Our 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.

Our 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


We envision the communities we serve as places where all people join together to build on community assets for current and future generations, and where all people have the opportunity to reach their full potential. 


800 N White St.

Lancaster, SC 29720

Mailing Address

P.O. Box 818

Lancaster, SC 29721

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