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 27 years of the club’s history, over $2,000,000 has been provided to agencies that have significantly improved the quality of life for the residents of Johns and Wadmalaw Islands.In 2017 the club has provided $134,000 for 34 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 2017/2018  year include:

Community Service – Hunger

    • Backpack Buddies of Seabrook Islands to provide nutritious food for low-income students for the weekend when they are not attending school.
    • Sea Islands Blessing Basket providing monthly food distribution to those who struggle to provide for themselves
    • Bridges for End-of-Life supporting grieving children with school-based counseling
    • Fields to Families providing access to fresh foods and vegetables to those in need
    • Hebron Zion Presbyterian Church Emergency Food Pantry with multiple scheduled pantry access times
    • Kiawah Women’s Foundation
    • Meals on Monday’s
    • Meals on Wheels
    • Next Steps Johns Island
    • Sea Island Cares
  • Community Service – Health
    • Adaptive Expectations
    • Barrier Island Free Medical Clinic to underwrite operational costs for a low income patient clinic.
    • Camp Happy Days
    • 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 (swimming instruction) to area students
    • Our Lady of Mercy to provide dental care to the low-income residents of the area
    • Dee Norton Low country Center to provide child abuse prevention and treatment for area children
    • Florence Crittenton Center to provide a residential, medical and parenting program for young mothers
    • Low Country Orphan Relief to provide supplies for children who are being abandoned or will be relocated by the court system to a foster home.
    • Charleston Symphony to provide music access/instruction to local area students.
    • Rockville Presbyterian Church Meals on Mondays, which provides meals to low-income persons.
    • Sea Island Habitat for Humanity to provide funds for supplies to support the organizations local housing projects.
    • St. Johns Regional Library to provide materials for the new S.T.E.M. display/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
    • 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 – 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 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.