Compassion grants help rural citizens

By Sharon Crout

South Carolina Rural Communities Compassion Project Grant CeremonyFederal grants are helping nonprofit groups address issues related to homelessness, at-risk children, elders in need, and families in transition from welfare to work.

The South Carolina Rural Communities Compassion Project, administered by Clemson’s Institute on Family and Neighborhood Life, works with local grassroots and non-profit organizations to provide technical assistance and grant funding through the federal Capital Compassion Project.  Compassion grants range from $2,000 to $20,000.

This year, in partnership with The Spartanburg County Foundation, grants totaling $240,000 were distributed to 14 organizations in that county. Some of the funds will allow community organizations to offer couples counseling to support establishing and sustaining healthy marriages. Other funds will support services to individuals in need of intense rehabilitation, such as people with addictions, the incarcerated, prisoners re-entering the community, and children of incarcerated parents. 

“We’re grateful that South Carolina’s most vulnerable citizens can benefit from the services this program makes possible,” said Dr. Mark Small, project director. “To date, this is the longest sustained capacity-building program of its type in the country and serves as a tribute to Clemson’s commitment to public service.”

Since 2002, with federal funding and in partnership with seven different foundations, the IFNL project has distributed $1,750,000 to more than 140 organizations across rural South Carolina. 


For information: Sharon Crout, 864-250-4626, or