Application Process

Our Grant Application Process

The Barbara Stone Foundation has established a new grant application process to consider grant requests from 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations in the Upstate of South Carolina. Our goal is to invest in innovative programs and initiatives that empower individuals with disabilities, bridge gaps in existing programs and provide solutions to issues faced by the disabilities community. Grant applications for new and innovative programs that meet these criteria will be given priority in our funding decisions. Our hope is that the creative individuals and organizations in our community’s amazing network of providers will develop new ways to ensure our community is a place where individuals with disabilities flourish.

Before submitting a grant application, please review the Frequently Asked Questions page (located under the “Grants” drop-down menu) for additional information and answers to FAQ’s regarding the Foundation’s funding priorities and grant application process.

Grant Application Requirements

 Application Deadlines:

Grant applications are considered twice a year. Completed applications are due to the Foundation by the end of the day on:

  • March 15
  • September 15

If a deadline date falls on a weekend or holiday, the deadline is considered to be the end of the following business day. If your grant application is received after the deadline, it will not be considered until after the next application deadline.

Application Requirements:

In order to submit a grant application to the Barbara Stone Foundation you must:

  • Be a 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations who serve individuals with disabilities
  • Submit a grant application in typewritten format, single-spaced and single-sided, not to exceed three pages (not including the required attachments)
  • Grant Recipients are strongly encouraged to participate as a Greenville CAN Community Partner, for one year following grant funding, by joining the Coalition Leadership Team or one of Greenville CAN’s Project Teams
  • Grant Recipients are required to attend the Community Innovations Grants Presentation at Bingo Bash on Sunday, May 7
  • Include the information described below.

Grant applications must be received by the end of the deadline day and can be submitted by email to Lara Ceisel at or by mail to: Barbara Stone Foundation, Attn: Grants, P.O. Box 26567, Greenville, SC 29616.

Please feel free to contact Lara Ceisel by email or by phone (864-214-5798) with any questions regarding the application process or requirements.

What to include:

  • A brief description of the organization, its EIN (Federal Tax ID Number) and website address, if applicable
  • A summary of the program, project, or initiative for which funding is being requested
  • The total funding amount being requested and a timeline for the use of the funds
  • A budget for the proposed program for which funding is being requested
  • If you are requesting, or depending on, grants or contributions from other organizations to fund the program please identify the anticipated sources and amounts of such funds
  • A clear statement of program/grant objectives and how they will be evaluated
  • A statement of how the program benefits individuals with disabilities

  • If the project or program is already established or will continue beyond the grant period, please describe you plans for sustainability beyond the grant from the Barbara Stone Foundation
  • Contact name and information, including email and mailing address, for further communication with regards to your organization’s application

  • As an attachment, a copy of your organization’s IRS 501(c)(3) Determination Letter
  • As an attachment, a copy of your organization’s budget for the current fiscal year or your organization’s most recent annual financial statements (including balance sheet and income statement)
  • Intended commitment to participating in BSF’s Greenville CAN collective impact model

What not to include:

Brochures, marketing materials, videos, thumb drives, etc. should not be sent with a grant application. Any such attachments will not be considered at this stage of review.

Final Report

If you are awarded a grant, you will be expected to submit a final report (not to exceed two pages) after the grant funds have been fully expended or the program/project timeline has ended, whichever occurs first. If your organization is a former grantee, please note that we will not consider any future proposals from your organization until a report is provided for any previous grants received from the Barbara Stone Foundation.