Daniel Island Community Fund (DICF)

The Daniel Island Community Fund (DICF) was established as a means for supporting community enhancement projects and philanthropic initiatives on Daniel Island and in the surrounding Cainhoy peninsula communities. This private 501 (c) 4 organization is financially supported by a Community Enhancement Fee on all resale transactions on the island. The structure of the DICF allows its financial resources to grow as the island grows, creating a legacy for the community for generations to come. Zero funding from Annual Property Owner Assessments goes toward the Community Fund.

The Daniel Island Community Fund Grants Committee is made up of Daniel Island residents, who are involved with all grants made.

Grant Applications will be accepted annually on April 1st and August 1st for project funding from qualified non-profit organizations. Organizations may apply once annually with a maximum award of up to $5,000. (*Additional funding for special projects may be considered on a case-by-case basis.)

The 2021 Grant cycles have now closed. The 2022 Grant Application will be available in January 2022. 

Grant Application is search engine specific, please use Internet Explorer when completing your application. Other search engines have previously caused issues with the application process and are not recommended for use. If awarded, images may be used, but are not limited to social media, print, communications. etc.

Address Change:

If your mailing address has changed, please email Danielle Hermann at danielle.hermann@dicommunity.org to update your organization account as the address you include in your Grant Application does not update your organization’s account information.

For more information about the Daniel Island Community Fund, please contact Danielle Hermann at Danielle.Hermann@dicommunity.org.

Daniel Island initiatives and events seeking funding from DICF can send requests directly to Danielle Hermann.

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2020 DICF Grant Distributions

In 2020, the Daniel Island Community Fund (DICF) expended over $1.5 million in grant awards, special projects (Waterfront Park), and community initiatives. DICF funding for 2020 events that were not able to take place due to the pandemic has been rolled into the 2021 DICF budget.

Community initiatives include special projects or events hosted by clubs and groups on the island Special projects include park improvement projects, such as Waterfront Park and the new docks which represent over a $5 million dollar investment on Daniel Island.

Read more in our 2021 Philanthropy Report (download)

Below is a list of the Daniel Island 2020 Grant Contributions. …Read More

  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Lowcountry – $10,000
  • Cainhoy Elementary School – $10,000
  • Camp Rise Above – $2,500
  • Charleston Field Hockey – $5,000
  • Charleston Gaillard Management Corporation – $5,000
  • Charleston Jazz – $5,000
  • Charleston Promise Neighborhood – $5,000
  • Charleston Stage Company – $5,000
  • Charleston Symphony Orchestra – $5,000
  • Charleston Young Life – $10,000
  • Children’s Museum Of The Lowcountry – $5,000
  • Daniel Island Library – $5,000
  • East Cooper Community Outreach – $50,000
  • East Cooper Meals On Wheels Inc. – $5,000
  • Florence Crittenton Programs Of South Carolina Inc. – $5,000
  • Girls On The Run Charleston (Coastal South Carolina) – $5,000
  • Humanities Foundation Inc. – $7,900
  • Junior Achievement of Greater SC – $5,000
  • Lifeline Children’s Services, Inc. – $12,000
  • Lowcountry Food Bank Inc. – $8,422
  • Lucy Boyle Memorial Fund – $15,000
  • Magnolia Blossom Fund – $10,000
  • Operation Home Inc. – $29,590
  • Philip Simmons High School Band – $5,000
  • Philip Simmons High School PTSA – $10,000
  • Reading Partners South Carolina – $5,000
  • South Carolina Congress Of Parents And Teachers, Daniel Island School PTA – $25,000
  • South Coast Lacrosse Association – $5,000
  • Teachers Supply Closet – $2,000

The DICF is funded through a half percent enhancement fee that is collected from every real estate transaction on Daniel Island. No money that homeowners pay to their annual property owner assessment goes towards the Community Fund.

Daniel Island Community Foundation

The Daniel Island Community Foundation is a nonprofit corporation duly organized under the laws of the State of South Carolina. This private 501 (c) 3 organization is financially supported by donations from Daniel Island Residents, businesses, and employees.

The Daniel Island Community Foundation was set up as a vehicle for Daniel Island Residents and Businesses to fund non-profit initiatives. A resident advisory committee has been established to assist in identifying charitable causes and organizations important to Daniel Island residents.

In the past few years, the Daniel Island Community Foundation and its resident advisory committee have created a matching initiative in which select organizations are challenged to fundraise $5,000 for their organization which was then matched up to $5,000 by the Daniel Island Community Fund.

In 2021, we will continue to fundraise for the four organizations chosen in 2020 that we’re unable to fulfill their $5,000 matching goal.

To donate to any of the above organizations, please click the name of the organization and you will be redirected to our donation platform Donate2It or you may donate by check at the POA office – 130 River Landing Drive, Suite 1C. If you choose to donate by check, please include the organization’s name in the memo section of your check.

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