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

We are no longer accepting any more 2020 Grant Applications. Please check back in January 2021 for the next grant application cycle which will have an April 1, 2021 deadline. 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.

Please note, if awarded, images may be used, but are not limited to social media, print, communications. etc.

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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2019 DICF Grant Distributions

In 2019, the Daniel Island Community Fund (DICF) awarded more than $676,319 via grant making (events, grants, and community initiatives). Throughout the year, the Daniel Island Community Fund awarded a total of $464,302 in grant contributions to area nonprofits and supported 56 community events and/or initiatives. These events and/or initiatives can be anything from POA hosted events or special projects and events hosted by clubs and groups on the island. Below is a list of the Daniel Island 2019 Grant Contributions. …Read More

  • American National Red Cross – $30,000
  • Avian Conservation Center – $12,500
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Lowcountry – $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
  • Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry – $5,000
  • Church of the Holy Cross – $12,000
  • Coastal Crisis Chaplaincy – $2,500
  • The St Vincent De Paul Society – $5,000
  • Daniel Island School PTA – $25,000
  • DIS Band Booster Association – $5,000
  • East Cooper Community Outreach – $25,000
  • East Cooper Habitat for Humanity, Inc. – $5,000
  • East Cooper Meals on Wheels – $5,000
  • Girls on the Run Charleston – $5,500
  • Hearts of Huger Revitalization Effort – $15,000
  • Humanities Foundation – $7,900
  • Junior Achievement of Greater SC – $10,000
  • Lowcountry Food Bank -$8,400
  • Middleton Place Foundation – $2,500
  • Operation Home Inc. – $30,000
  • Palmetto Project Inc. – $5,000
  • Pattison’s Academy – $5,000
  • Philip Simmons Elementary School PTSA – $5,000
  • Philip Simmons High School Band Booster – $10,000
  • Philip Simmons High School PTA – $15,000
  • Philip Simmons Middle School – $5,000
  • Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing Inc. – $5,000
  • Providence Baptist Church – $5,000
  • Reading Partners South Carolina – $5,000
  • Slow Food USA Inc. – $5,000
  • South Carolina Aquarium – $10,752
  • South Coast lacrosse Association – $5,000

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 has 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.

Some examples of past organizations who were selected to be a part of the matching initiative are: Camp Happy Days, Dee Norton Child Advocacy Center, Sustainability Institute, East Cooper Meals on Wheels, Water Mission International, and Berkeley County Animal Center.

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