Joanna Foundation Grant

The Joanna Foundation

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Grant amount: Up to US $10,000

Next deadline: Jan 15, 2019 2:00pm PST (Pre proposal)

Later deadlines: Apr 15, 2019 2:00pm PDT (Pre proposal), Sep 15, 2019 2:00pm PDT (Pre proposal)

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Applied Project / Program, General Operating Expense, Capital Project

Location of project: Counties in South Carolina: Berkeley County, Charleston County, Dorchester County, Laurens County, Newberry County

Location of residency: United States

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About the Foundation

The Joanna Foundation was established in 1945 as an eleemosynary corporation in the State of South Carolina with broad charitable purposes. At that time, The Joanna Foundation operated primarily for the benefit of the citizens of Joanna, South Carolina, home of Joanna Cotton Mills Company.

The founders were Mr. Walter Regnery, president of Joanna Cotton Mills Company, and Mr. William H. Regnery, president of the parent company, Joanna Western Mills of Chicago. 

Our Purpose and Mission

The Foundation is “dedicated to community betterment … promoting the causes of health and education, and other worthwhile improvements.” 

Our purpose is to support organizations and programs that strengthen community capacity and enhance individual involvement in achieving a better quality of life. The primary beneficiaries are residents of the following areas in South Carolina: Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester Counties as well as the communities of Newberry and Joanna, SC.

Types of Support

The Joanna Foundation will consider requests for general operating support or to help launch a new program, support specific projects conducted by the organization, match funds to leverage the impact of a challenge grant, and/or advance capital campaigns.

Grant Amount

There is no set limit that an organization may request. Most grants made by The Joanna Foundation are in the range of $1,000 to $3,000 for one year. Larger grants in the $5,000 to $10,000 range are less common and grants exceeding $10,000 are exceptional.

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  • The Joanna Foundation makes grants only to organizations qualifying as tax-exempt under the Internal Revenue Code and not classified as private foundations.
  • The funding area focuses on specific areas in South Carolina.
    • Eligible organizations should be located within or demonstrate significant impact in at least one of the following areas:
      • Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester Counties and the communities of Newberry and Joanna, SC.
  • Organizations may submit one pre-proposal per calendar year.
  • Organizations that receive a grant must skip a calendar year before submitting a new pre-proposal.
    • For example, an organization receiving a grant at any time during 2015 would be eligible to apply again in 2017.
  • The Foundation will consider requests for:
    • Seed money
    • Special projects
    • Matching funds
    • General operations
    • Capital campaigns


  • Proposals that demonstrate the support of other grantmakers are encouraged.


  • The Foundation discourages recurring-type grants, rarely considers multi-year commitments, and does not accept consecutive year requests.
  • The Foundation does not make loans or provide grants, scholarships or fellowships to individuals. Grant funds may not be used for lobbying or political purposes. 
  • In general, the Foundation does not make grants for:
    • Debt reduction
    • Research projects
    • Direct support to individuals
    • Conferences, symposia, or publications
    • Tickets, tables, or advertising for fundraising events