To inspire On the Table Participants to take action on ideas discussed, Beyond the Table grants are available for nonprofit organizations or individuals with a fiscal sponsor who are interested in shaping the future of our community.


2020 grant applications are now open! Click here to apply by November 15, 2020.

Central Carolina Community Foundation awarded $19,600 to 11 projects, all of which addressed at least one of the 10 issues identified as a community priority in the On the Table survey:

What makes our community a good place to live:

  • Quality public schools

  • Superb outdoor parks and recreation (including access to the riverfront)

  • Vibrant social community events (including online and print guides with information about local events and things to do)

  • Remarkable diversity and inclusiveness

What needs exist in our community:

  • Good jobs and economic development

  • Poverty and economic insecurity

  • Crime, violence and public safety

  • Race relations, racism and discrimination

  • Walkable and bikeable urban areas

  • Streamlining resources for entrepreneurs and small businesses


  • Columbia Children’s Theatre: The production of a family-friendly original play focused on seeing disabilities as abilities

  • Congaree Riverkeeper: Volunteer river and stream cleanups that will be focused on improving our local parks, educating the public, and collecting data.

  • Girl Scout Troup 1929: Construction of a kiosk in Sesquicentennial State Park that will inform people on the principles and importance of Leave No Trace.

  • Homeless No More: The creation of a community garden in the Two Notch Road area will create a space for the community to gather and will provide local food.

  • Ivy Heritage Foundation of Irmo, Inc.: Financial literacy workshops and entrepreneur training for Refugee Women from Democratic Republic of Congo.

  • Latino Communications CDC: A program, titled “Chicas Chat,” that will bring together young Latinas and mentors to address the cultural, generational, and religious rifts young Latinas face.

  • Midlands Fatherhood Coalition: A workplace program that will provide employers and employees information and resources on fatherhood and parenting.

  • New Bethel Foundation: A program focused on filling youth’s downtime during holidays and spring vacation with positive activities.

  • Reconciliation Ministries SC: Community meals will bring people together from various socioeconomic statuses, ages, races, and genders.

  • Serve & Connect: Programs and a community celebration for “Charlotte’s Girls,” a grassroots, community-led initiative that empowers young women.

  • Sustainable Midlands: Community meetings focused on bringing individuals together to discuss agricultural and ecotourism opportunities for Lower Richland Communities.