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.

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

2019 BEYOND THE TABLE GRANT RECIPIENTS

  • 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.