St. Francis Thrift Shop Grants Process

St. Francis Thrift Shop begins requesting applications for Grants from the Hilton Head Island/Bluffton Community beginning on February 1st through March 31st 2017. Grants are allocated based on net profits for a fiscal year of the Thrift Shop. The Grant Director sends out the request for applicants to the Island Packet, and to St. Gregory, Holy Family, and St. Francis Catholic Churches via Church Bulletins.

In order to be eligible for a Grant, the organization must be non-profit and all applicants must be Tax Exempt for Federal Income Tax purposes and must request an application from the Grant Director.

All applicants are required to complete a “Donation Request Application” and provide a current Financial Statement covering the past year, a Budget for the next fiscal year, and proof of Federal Income Tax Exemption Status 501 (C) (3).

A brief history of the organization, the scope of its activities, and a detailed summary of the proposed use of the requested funds is also required.

Once the open season for accepting applications has closed, the St. Francis Thrift Shop Council Members and Manager are responsible for reading each application thoroughly. They must evaluate the merits of the individual requests keeping in mind the organization’s mission, intended use of Grant funds; financial assistance already received from St. Francis, Grant monies received in prior years, other donated income, and the impact of the organization on the local community. Each Council Member and Manager must then submit a vote on each individual request to determine whether the applicant will receive a grant along with the amount to be donated or whether the request will be denied. Grants and the amount designated are assigned based on the majority of votes received on each individual organization from the Council Members and Manager.

Grants are usually distributed in June or July of each year.


Recent St. Francis Thrift Shop
Grant Recipients

Bluffton Self Help
Child Abuse Prevention Association (CAPA)
Children’s Relief Fund (CRF)
Citizens Opposed to Domestic Abuse (CODA)
Heroes on Horseback
Hilton Head Citizens for Life
Hilton Head Heroes
Hilton Head Island Deep Well
Hilton Head Island Safe Harbour
Hope Haven of the Lowcountry
Hunger & Homeless Coalition -
  Backpack Buddies Hilton Head
Island House/Mental Health America
Island Recreation Association
Literacy Volunteers of the Lowcountry
Lowcountry Coalition Against Human Trafficking
Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation
Meals on Wheels
Memory Matters
Mt. Calvary Missionary Baptist Achievement
School National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI)
Neighborhood Outreach Connection
Operation R & R
Pregnancy Center of the Lowcountry
Programs for Exceptional People (PEP)
Room at the Inn of the Lowcountry
Sandalwood Community Food Pantry
Second Helpings
Special Olympics South Carolina Area 8
Treat the Troops
Volunteers in Medicine - HHI
Volunteers in Medicine (VIM) Jasper/Bluffton
YANA Club of Hilton Head