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SC Ports Authority Community Giving Program Awards $85,000 in Grants

[ September 9, 2016   //   ]

The South Carolina Ports Authority announces $85,000 in grants to 49 charitable organizations through its annual Community Giving Program. The program provides grant support in regions where SCPA operates in order to positively impact maritime commerce, economic development, environmental awareness and community outreach.

“The Port’s mission extends well beyond our gates,” said Jim Newsome, SCPA president and CEO. “As we grow in our role as an economic development engine for the state, so does our commitment to be a strong community partner and neighbor. The organizations selected to receive grant funds will support critical programs and initiatives across the state.”

At $85,000, this year’s grants represent the most funding ever awarded by the Port. The program includes grants of $5,000, $2,500 and $1,000.

Recipients of a $5,000 grant included Charleston Waterkeeper, Chucktown Squash Scholars and Team Backpack Journalists.

Charleston Waterkeeper, whose mission is to protect and restore Charleston’s waterways for our community and for future generations, will use the grant funds to conduct six weeks of sample analysis as part of their Recreational Water Quality Monitoring Program.

Chucktown Squash Scholars is a year-round sports-based youth development organization that uses the sport of squash, in combination with academic tutoring, fitness education, civic engagement and mentoring to make a difference in the lives of Charleston’s under-served youth population. SCPA grant funds will provide support and services for under-served students and families throughout the Charleston community.


Above: $5,000 Community Giving grant recipient Charleston Waterkeeper will utilize funds to administer six weeks of sample analysis as part of the Recreational Water Quality Monitoring Program.