April 2020 Grant Awards

The Barbara Stone Foundation Gives Mini Grants To Upstate Organizations To Fund Programs During COVID-19 Pandemic


Greenville, S.C. (April 16, 2020) – The Barbara Stone Foundation, a non-profit organization focused on supporting visionary and creative programs and initiatives for individuals with disabilities, adjusted their grant application window so local non-profit organizations could apply for grants sooner due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Since 1991, the Barbara Stone Foundation has supported organizations in Greenville County who are committed to helping individuals with disabilities thrive through innovative programming, and with COVID-19, the Foundation saw an immediate need to give mini-grants that directly or indirectly help non-profits at this time.

The following non-profit organizations were awarded Barbara Stone Foundation mini grants on April 15, 2020:

Able South Carolina

Advanced Institute for Development and Learning (AID-L)

Center for Developmental Services

Greenville Tech Foundation 

The Meyer Center for Special Children

Upstate Adaptive Golf 

Upstate Warrior

Virtual Expressive Arts Group – Applied Theatre Center

“The Applied Theatre Center is using our grant from the Barbara Stone Foundation to create a three- month online program called “Zoom Into the Arts” for adults with disabilities,” said Dale Savidge, Executive Director of Applied Theatre Center. “We will use the grant to create virtual groups that will meet online to collaborate on art, drama and music activities as a way to maintain important social connections, make new friends, and have fun during this uncertain time.”

“Social distancing can be confusing and isolating for individuals with disabilities so the Barbara Stone Foundation board sped up our grant application process and timeline to get important funds in the hands of non-profits to support their innovative ideas and new programs needed for the disability community during an unprecedented time in our country,” said Mike Teachey, Executive Director of the Barbara Stone Foundation.

Teachey adds, “We encourage people to reach out to organizations they support at this time and consider making donations. If you want to help but don’t know which specific organizations to support, you can donate to Barbara Stone Foundation so we can continue supporting non-profits doing great work for individuals with disabilities.”