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 on April 1st and August 1st, 2020 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.) Awards will be announced at the end of May and end of September.

**The April 1st Deadline has been postponed until further notice. Organizations are welcome to continue to submit applications, but at this point we do not have a date on which they will be reviewed. 

Click HERE for the 2020 Daniel Island Community Fund Grant Application. 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.

Foundation Match Program Temporarily Suspended: March 27, 2020

The Daniel Island Community Foundation is temporarily suspending the 2020 Foundation Matching Program and fundraising campaign for the predetermined 2020 nonprofits, Shifa Medical Clinic (met match a few weeks ago), PAALS, Soldiers Angels, Surf Riders, Dee Norton, Friends of Berkeley County Animal Center, due to unforeseen economic challenges as well as unforeseen non-profit needs due to Covid-19.

We hope to continue fundraising for these 6 amazing organizations when we have returned to operations as normal and have a better idea of our financial capability to match individual donations. We will strive to keep the community and the organizations updated throughout the process as best we can.

Thank you for your continued support. Stay safe, and stay healthy.

Moving Forward to 2020

Great Success

Since we have had such great success with our Foundation campaign in 2018 and 2019, we will:

  • Continue to fundraise for local nonprofits through the Foundation and DICF will match up to $5,000 per nonprofit
  • Continue to partner with nonprofit organizations that are near and dear to our residents
  • Continue to encourage resident, business and youth participation in any capacity

A New Year

Below are the nonprofits that the Foundation will be focused on for 2020. Residents are able to donate to any of the below nonprofits at any point throughout the year via the organizations Donate2it page (click the nonprofit name to donate) or by check at the POA office – 130 River Landing Drive, Suite 1C. At years end, the Daniel Island Community Fund (DICF) will match up to $5,000 per nonprofit organization.

Fundraising amounts are as of 3/9/2020 at 10 AM.

A Little Something New

In 2020, we will be adding some new opportunities for residents and businesses to get involved in by:

  • Expanding the Foundation Campaign to include volunteer opportunities as well as various drives (such as clothing, food, etc.)
  • Including a Volunteer/Drive calendar in the Philanthropy tab on our website where you can learn about different places to volunteer your time or donate items such as food or clothing
    • Inquiries can be sent to Dani Hermann at Danielle.Hermann@dicommunity.org

2020 Volunteer Opportunities:

March 2020

  • Friday, March 13th – Soldiers’ Angels – Supply Low-Income Veteran Families with Food Assistance at the Mobile Food Distribution – Click HERE to sign up
  • Friday, March 13th – Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry – Free Family Friday – CML opens its doors for free from 4-7 PM. CML provides every child with:

April 2020

  • Saturday, April 4th – Volunteer at the starting line of the Cooper River Bridge Run – Contact Caitlin (Caitlin@CoastalCrisisChaplain.org) for details and to sign up
  • Friday, April 10th – Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry – Free Family Friday – CML opens its doors for free from 4-7 PM. CML provides every child with:

May 2020

  • Friday, May 8th – Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry – Free Family Friday – CML opens its doors for free from 4-7 PM. CML provides every child with:

Opportunities without a specific date requirement:

  • Junior Achievement Programs at Phillip Simmons High School – Contact Bette Bronson to volunteer at bette.bronson@ja.org
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