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Grant Cycle for 2018 Announced

The foundation will accept applications for grants starting January 2018.   


Mini-Grants, those less than $5,000 will be accepted at any time and reviewed on a rolling basis as they come to the foundation.  

Community Impact Grants

Community Impact Grants, those greater than $5,000, will be accepted and reviewed on a quarterly basis.  Community Impact grant applications received and completed by the deadline of a cycle will be reviewed and responded to during that cycle.   Grant applications received past a cycle deadline will be reviewed during the subsequent cycle.   The Community Impact grant cycle for 2018 is:

•Cycle 1-January-March. Cycle deadline February 12, 2018
•Cycle 2-April-June. Cycle deadline May 14, 2018
•Cycle 3-July-September. Cycle deadline August 13, 2018
•Cycle 4- October-December. Cycle deadline November 12, 2018

Habitat for Humanity Grant

Habitat for Humanity applied for $15,000 to purchase building materials for new construction of a house in Nichols, SC. The 1,250 square foot three bedroom two bath home will be the 33rd home built in Marion County by Habitat for Humanity.

Marion County Habitat for Humanity is a locally-run affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, a non-profit Christian housing organization. It works in partnership with people in need to build or renovate affordable housing. The houses are sold to partnering families at no profit with no-interest cost.

“The Directors and I are pleased to be a participant in improving the living conditions and home ownership to one more Marion County citizen,” said Bruce Siegal, chairman of the Marion County Healthcare Foundation board of directors.

Wildlife Action's Internet Initiative

Marion County Healthcare Foundation Board of Directors also approved the Wildlife Action’s Internet initiative grant request for approximately $5,000 to install cable Internet connection, computers and audiovisual equipment in the Resource Education Center in their national headquarters at Fort Retch, S.C.

Wildlife Action is a private, non-profit grass roots organization that promotes public awareness about wildlife habitat, conservation, preservation and restoration of our natural resources.

“These funds will give the county a phenomenal full access meeting center for corporate retreats, business meetings, seminars and civic gatherings which highlights Marion County’s natural resources and history,” said Gault “Bunny” Beeson, founder and national president of Wildlife Action, Inc.

Marion County Healthcare Foundation awards Red Cross with disaster relief grant

The American Red Cross has been awarded $5,000 to support Marion County families that have suffered from  disaster. The money will bring relief in the form of temporary housing, food and clothes for family members.

The American Red Cross is a humanitarian organization, led by volunteers and guided by its Congressional Charter and the Fundamental Principles of the International Red Cross Movement, which provides relief to victims of disaster and helps people prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies.

“The Red Cross works hard to support Marion County in time of need and this money means a great deal to area families that are suffering,” said Linda Boone Smith, executive director, Marion County Red Cross. “I can’t say thank you enough to the Marion County Health Foundation for supporting our needs by funding our grant request.”

The Marion county Library receives money to enhance Summer Reading Program

The Marion County Library is a countywide system serving a population of 35,466 through the Marion headquarters library, branches in Mullins and Nichols, and a bookmobile. The Marion County Library is an essential community resource whose mission is to insure that all residents have access to the library resources that meet their educational, informational, cultural and recreational needs. The Marion County Library impacts positively the quality of life in the community through continually improved library services and outreach.

  “Summer reading programs put books in the hands of Marion County children which is so important to avoiding the ‘summer slide’ in children’s reading achievement,” said Gene Tucker, executive director, Marion County Healthcare Foundation. “We are happy to help provide access to books and library programs over the summer to help improve literacy and improved reading skills in Marion County.

Council on Aging gets much needed grant to repair senior van

The Marion County Council on Aging has been awarded its grant request of $4,000 to repair a van that transports senior citizens.

The Marion County Council on Aging is committed to improving the quality of life for older adults in Marion County by providing services that enrich, enhance, and promote independent living.  The Council on Aging provides funding for home and community-based services for Marion County residents age 60 and older, regardless of income.

“Our goal is to coordinate and develop a comprehensive program of local resources and services to best meet the needs of our citizens,“ said Ernistine Wright, director, Marion County Council on Aging. “We recognize the need to be respectful and responsive to our older adults and this money will help us be accountable to all Marion County citizens.”

Marion County Collaborative Action receive funds for their HELP Project

The HELP project grant funds will provide the research, design, compilation, promotion and distribution of a one-stop resource manual.  The funds awarded will be used in Phase I for a focus on locations, range and scope of services.

“We are proud to be helping our community in such a big way so soon. We haven’t been around that long and we are already making a big impact,” said Gene Tucker, executive director, Marion County Healthcare Foundation.

Art Council of Marion County receives $1000 in grant money

The Arts Council of Marion County was awarded its grant request for $1,000 to upgrade its computer system, purchase new printers and create a new website.

The Arts Council of Marion County is a non-profit organization whose mission is to cultivate, promote and preserve arts in education and the community by developing innovative programs and events by forming meaningful partnerships with other cultural, educational and business entities in Marion County.


“Our county is enriched by our artists and we want to bring new vibrancy to our residents,” said Tom Griggs, executive director, The Arts Council of Marion County. “I want to thank the Marion County Health Foundation for this grant, which will help us with our longstanding need. This equipment will greatly aid us in performing our duties.”
News & Events



Marion County Farmers Market to get new banners

Historic Marion Revitalization Association will use its grant reward of $4,125 to help pay for banners that will be displayed at the Marion County Farmers Market. In addition to the banners, the money will go towards newspaper advertising and a billboard advertising the farmers market.
The City of Marion's Historic Marion Revitalization Association, works with the City of Marion and the Marion Chamber of Commerce to ensure the master plan developed for the Historic downtown is carried out. The organization is committed to leading the revitalization of downtown Marion, making it a desirable place to live and work. The future of Marion depends on building a community that provides a higher quality of life for its citizens.
“We are very excited to receive this money that will help reestablish our farmers market,” said Chuck Wiegert, Historic Marion Revitalization Association. “We need to get the word out that the Marion County farmers market offers good organic food at good prices to help our citizens live a healthier life.”Celebrating Francis Marion Days

The Marion County Healthcare Foundation is pleased to sponsor Francis Marion Days.  The celebration begins Friday, February 24 and concludes Sunday, February 26.

Activities include reenactments, Fireside Chats, 10K and 5K runs, children's fun run, Chilli Cook Off and Opera House Musical.  Other demonstrations and exhibits to enjoy are Colonial Surveying Techniques, Revolutionary War Wapons, Colonial Coffee Shop, Soap Making, Candle Making, Militia Drills, and Militia Arms demonstrations. The festivities wrap up with special 18th Century service at Marion Presbyterian Church on Sunday morning at 9:30 AM



Foundation held Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and Open House on Wednesday, December 7 2011



Foundation helps Toys for Tots

The Marion County Healthcare Foundation collected Toys for Tots during the Open House and visitors were encouraged to drop off an unwrapped gift to be given to a needy girl or boy in the area. Along with the toys that were collected, the foundation made a charitable gift of $500 to Toys for Tots to help Girls and Boys in Marion County