Club Grants

The Kiawah Seabrook Exchange Club, which was chartered on April 16, 1982, has been raising funds and disbursing them to local charities since its inception.  In the last 26 years of the club’s history, over $1,900,000 has been provided to agencies that have significantly improved the quality of life for the residents of Johns and Wadmalaw Islands.In 2014 the club has provided $117,225 for 28 charitable activities through a thorough application process.  Applications are received late in the summer and the grants are announced in the fall.The recipients for 2014/2015 school year include:

    • Angel Oak Elementary School to purchase books for the school library.
    • Backpack Buddies of both Kiawah and Seabrook Islands to provide nutritious food for low-income students for the weekend when they are not attending school.
    • Barrier Island Free Medical Clinic to underwrite some operational costs.
    • Charleston Symphony to provide music in the classrooms to area students.
    • Charleston Therapeutic Riding to provide a carefully supervised horseback riding program to children with disabilities
    • Church of Our Savior to provide a waterproofing water safety program to area students
    • Darkness to Light to provide scholarships to provide training in the prevention of child abuse for area individuals who work with children
    • Dee Norton Low country Center to provide child abuse prevention and treatment for area children
    • Florence Crittenton Center to provide a parenting program for young mothers
    • Full Faith Ministries to provide a shelter in a local garden area which to provide instructional space for youngsters to learn the value of gardening.
    • Low Country Orphan Relief to provide for children who are in danger of being abandoned or will be relocated by the court system to a foster home.
    • Our Lady of Mercy to provide dental care to the low-income residents of the area.
    • Respite Care, which provides day, services to adults who need supervision providing relief for their caretaker.
    • Rockville Presbyterian Church Meals on Mondays, which provides meals to low-income persons.
    • Sea Island Habitat for Humanity to provide funds to help the organization improve the profitability of the Re Store, which will help, provide more funding for local housing projects.
    • St. Johns Regional Library to continue to improve the children’s computerized learning center.
    • Stono Baptist Church Blessing Basket program that provides meals for low-income residents.
    • Sweetgrass Garden Coop that provides locally grown produce to area feeding programs.
    • Vets on Deck to provide upkeep funds for sailing vessels which are used as a vehicle to help veterans with post traumatic stress disorder
    • Wadmalaw Senior Center to increase its feeding program and its home repair program.
    • Youth education – The club provides funding for the youth of the month program and offers three scholarships for post high school education along with funding for some smaller projects for area schools
    • Angel Oak Award – In January each year the Exchange Club honors local citizens who have performed significant services to the community over an extended period.

Below are some details on the requirements and criteria for grant applications:

  • In order to receive a grant from the Exchange Club, the application must be sponsored by a Club member.
  • Grant application projects must be able to be categorized into one of the four program of service areas.
  • Grants are intended for provision of  services to the residents and or students of Johns and Wadmalaw Islands
  • Proof of not-for-profit status is required.
  • Non-school agencies must be a South Carolina recognized not-for-profit agency with an auditable and accurate accounting system.
  • Non-school agencies that are not 501(c)3 agencies are limited to a grant of not more than $750 annually.
  • Non School agencies that are not 501(c)3 agencies may qualify for funding as an affiliated agency with a related not-for-profit agency.
  • All previous grant recipients must submit a description of use of their last grant and provide an accounting of how the funds were used.
  • Schools that apply for grants must be an officially sanctioned educational intuition recognized by the state of South Carolina.
  • Scholarships are awarded to students after graduation from a Johns Island high school.
  • Applicants are to use the application form and follow the filing instructions found on the “Grant Request Form” tab on this website.
  • Allocation of grant funds is determined by the total funding available and a balancing of the needs of the requesting charities and how the requests match to the Exchange Club grant strategy.
  • Neither past recipients or new applicants are guaranteed funding.
  • Final annual grant information is expected to be released by early November of each year.