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Grant Application Process

The Process

  • Grant Cycle Begins

    Grant cycles occur twice a year.

  • Verify Eligibility

    Make sure your organization meets requirements.

  • Submit Letter of Intent

    Required step for all grant applicants to determine eligibility for funding.

  • Invitation to Application

    If your organization's letter of intent is approved, you will gain access to the online application.

First, verify eligibility.

To be eligible for a grant, you must be: 

  • A nonprofit organization that has a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status as determined by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). 
  • A government agency. 
  • An educational or research institution that is tax-exempt.
Then, submit a Letter of Intent.

If you are interested in receiving grant funding from the BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina Foundation, your first step is to submit the Letter of Intent form. 

We will only accept one Letter of Intent per nonprofit organization during each grant cycle. 

We will not accept a Letter of Intent from an organization that has an open grant on the date the Letter of Intent is due.


When To Submit

 2024 Fall Cycle2025 Spring Cycle
Letter of Intent DueAugust 7, 2024February 3, 2025*
Applications DueSeptember 13, 2024March 12, 2025*

*tentative dates

Please contact Lindsey Kilgo prior to submitting your Letter of Intent to discuss your proposed project. We recommend getting in touch with Foundation staff several weeks before the Letter of Intent deadline to receive feedback on your proposal.

Your Letter of Intent will be reviewed carefully. If your organization is a good match, you will be invited to submit a full application.

Submit a Letter of Intent


We do not accept unsolicited applications. 

An organization must first submit a Letter of Intent. We will notify an organization if it is invited to submit an application after reviewing its Letter of Intent.

Application Portal

Review and Approval

The Foundation Board reviews the applications approximately eight weeks after the application due date. We will advise you of your application's status following the board review.

Frequently Asked Questions

Funding Restrictions

We will not issue grants for:

  • doctor, dentist or pharmacist salaries.
  • capital campaigns including brick and mortar establishments.
  • one-time or annual events, including sports tournaments, camps or event incentives.
  • fundraising events, including purchase of tickets or tables, membership drives, raffles or auctions.
  • individuals.
  • political campaigns or activities that influence legislation.
  • advertising.
  • religious activities.
  • indirect costs.
  • other grant-making foundations.

Allowable costs outlined in any specific Request for Proposal may supersede these funding restrictions. Please review our FAQs page if you have further questions about grants.