Grant Making

Released March 27, 2019



                Hartsville, SC – The Byerly Foundation will open the 2019/2020 grant cycle on May 1, 2019. The Foundation will accept grants through June 7, 2019. The Board generally begins discussion on grants in July and begins to  distribute grants for the new cycle in October.

The Byerly Foundation is a hyper-local Foundation meaning that nearly all grant funds are focused strictly on the greater Hartsville, South Carolina area. The Foundation Board primarily funds grants working with education, economic development and social needs in the area.

Who is eligible?

The Byerly Foundation can make grants to qualifying 501-C-3 organizations and certain other public, governmental units for charitable and community focused programs. The Foundation does not make grants to individuals and it does not fund any scholarship programs. The Foundation’s mission is to help make Hartsville, S.C., one of the best communities for living, working and raising a family

What is involved in the grant request?

The Byerly Board focuses on grants that can demonstrate the potential for a lasting impact on the community to improve areas in education, economic development and social needs.  As the board members review grant requests this year they will be looking for answers to five basic questions borrowed from national grant making strategists. We hope these questions will help organizations develop their case for grant requests.

The questions:

1 – What is the project the organization is considering and what will be its impact on Hartsville and how much is being requested?

2 – What strategies are being planned to accomplish the goals of the program?

3 – What are the organization’s capabilities for making the project happen and delivering results? What are plans for sustaining the program?

4 – How will the Foundation and the organization be able to measure progress toward anticipate outcomes?

5 – What is the track record of the organization in making positive things happen to this point?

What should the grant request include?

What are the steps involved in submitting a grant?

If you have any questions about a potential grant the executive director of The Foundation, Richard Puffer will be glad to discuss your ideas. He can be reached at the Foundation 843-383-2400 or his mobile at 843-229-1492. It often saves time if you contact the Foundation prior to beginning your grant-writing process.

Grant requests can be sent by email to  They may also be sent through the mail to The Byerly Foundation, P.O. Box 1925, Hartsville, SC 29551. The Foundation is located at 101 North Second Street at the corner of Second and East Carolina in Hartsville and grants may be dropped off at the office.

The deadline for submission for this grant cycle is by noon on June 7, 2019.

What happens after grants are submitted?

The Board of the Foundation reads all the grant requests. There is often questions and need for more information.  When that happens a committee of the Board may explore the grant further or the Executive Director will work to further develop the information needed by the Board.  The Board reviews the grant requests at meetings during the summer and is generally ready to make grant announcements in September and October.


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