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 $19,500 to 10 projects. Each project addressed at least one of the 10 issues identified as a community priority in the On the Table survey and an element of community attachment, according to Knight Foundation’s Community Ties report.

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


Christ Mission Church, Planting Seeds to Unite Community: Ames Villas Prescott Manor Community Mural Project: Resident-led initiative to transform their community through community-based initiatives, including a mural for an outdoor space dedicated for community member meetings.

COLA Gives, Community Youth Force: Virtual learning sessions to teach youth about the value and power of collective and strategic giving by establishing student “giving circles.”

Columbia Green, Sowing Seeds of Hope and Health: Enhance and expand the “Tunnel House” community garden by creating a paved ADA-accessible pathway and adding native perennials, shrubs and fruit trees that serve as pollinators, habitat and wildlife food sources. In partnership with Lyon Street Neighborhood Association, Central Carolina Realtors’ Association and City of Columbia.

Columbia Housing, ConnectHome: Bridge the digital divide among families living in public housing by providing tablets and self-sufficiency training to more easily pursue educational and professional goals.

Earlewood Community Citizens Organization, Feeding People: Hyatt Park Farmers Market: Start-up local market to address food insecurity in the Eau Claire neighborhood of North Columbia.

Friends of Tapps Arts Center, FrameXFrame Film Club: An online space for discussion of films made by Black and people of color in the South.

Girl Scouts – Mountain to Midlands, Social Action Summit: Bringing together Girls Scouts, community leaders and social justice advocates to deepen knowledge of social action and create change.

Ivy Heritage Foundation, Irmo Community Garden: Planting a garden to serve as a “learning laboratory” for Irmo youth while providing fruits and vegetables for the local food bank and community.

Serve & Connect, It’s a Matter of Perspective: Bridging the Disconnect Between Minority Youth and Police: Youth-led project to foster meaningful discussion and understanding between law enforcement and minority youth.

Webgyrlz Code, Virtual HERO Kits: Supporting students during virtual learning by providing physical and virtual backgrounds for students who want to be on camera and engage more with their online classroom environment.