Women in Philanthropy, a women’s charitable giving circle administered by Community Foundation of the Lowcountry, recently awarded $75,000 to three Beaufort County nonprofit organizations.

The three grantees receiving funding for their new programming that fit the criteria of “New Major Impact Program for Assisting in Recovery from the COVID-19 Pandemic in Three Areas: Medical and Mental Health Issues, K-5 Grade Education Issues (including Special Needs) and Employment Issues.” 

The following three grantees were each awarded $25,000:

Antioch Education Center (Employment Issues) – to fund a “Getting to Work” program to provide express bus service at a reduced rate between Jasper and Beaufort Counties to address high unemployment and a void in transportation since the start of the pandemic, and to decrease travel time for riders. Initially, 200 workers a day will be transported via two busses to Bluffton and Hilton Head Island to alleviate worker shortages in those areas, with capacity for 400 workers a day.

Foundation for Educational Excellence (Education Issues) – to fund a program to provide high quality reading instruction to 60 third, fourth and fifth grade students who have been identified as three grade levels behind in reading skills at two low-income Beaufort County schools.

Volunteers in Medicine Hilton Head Island (Medical and Mental Health Issues) – to fund a program to expedite the vaccination of the at-risk, low-income population served by the Clinic.

Women in Philanthropy is dedicated to promoting the power of collective giving, engaging and inspiring women along their philanthropic path, growing an endowment to ensure grantmaking into perpetuity, and supporting new approaches to address community needs. For more information, visit cf-lowcoutry.org.