Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Please review the frequently asked questions below. If you need additional information please contact our Executive Director, Lara Ceisel at

We are purposely vague about what we will fund and what we will not fund because we do not want to limit the vision of innovators.

What are the Foundation's funding priorities?

The Barbara Stone Foundation seeks to invest in innovative programs and initiatives that (a) empower individuals with disabilities and enlighten our community, (b) bridge gaps in existing programs and services, (c) provide solutions to issues faced by the disabilities community and (d) encourage collaboration among service providers. Our focus is all individuals with disabilities as defined by the Americans With Disabilities Act 2010 definition.

Our goals are to influence positive change through thoughtful and open-minded investment, by building connections between people and organizations, working with organizations to build their capacity and encouraging collaboration. We prioritize grants that serve as a catalyst for program development, and we encourage funding requests for pilot programs. If the project or program is already established or will be ongoing, applicants should be able to demonstrate a plan for sustainability beyond the grant from the Barbara Stone Foundation.

If you aren’t sure whether your grant request would align with our priorities, please feel free to contact our Executive Director, Lara Ceisel at to schedule a conversation to discuss the nature of your request.

Do you give grants outside of Greenville County?

The Barbara Stone Foundation prioritizes requests from Greenville County; however, we accept requests from the ten counties that comprise the upstate including: Greenville County, Oconee County, Pickens County, Anderson County, Abbeville County, Greenwood County, Laurens County, Union County, Spartanburg County, and Cherokee County.

Greenville CAN (Collaborative Action Network), an initiative of the Barbara Stone Foundation, will accept requests from any county in South Carolina for assistance replicating the CAN model, similar to Greenville CAN.  Foundation support may include use of the brand, technical assistance, and the possibility of limited financial support. Please contact Lara Ceisel at for more information.

Do you sponsor events or dinners?

The Barbara Stone Foundation is open to sponsoring events, dinners, trainings, etc. if these activities are in furtherance of the Foundation’s priorities. We handle these request on a case-by-case basis.

Do you make grants to individuals?

The Foundation is not able to make grants to individuals for any purpose.

Do you provide general operating support?

The Barbara Stone Foundation does not provide funding for general operating support or capital expenditures. The Barbara Stone Foundation is primarily interested in funding program related costs. If operational costs and/or limited capital costs are necessary to support a promising program meeting our funding priorities, the Foundation will consider such requests.

Do you have deadlines for letters of intent?

The Barbara Stone Foundation no longer requires a separate Letter of Intent in order to submit a grant application. Organizations are to provide similar LOI content within the grant application.

We have two grant deadlines per year:

  • March 15
  • September 15

If a deadline date falls on a weekend or holiday, the deadline is the end of the next business day.

May I send grant applications by fax or email?

Grant applications may be submitted via mail or email:

Applications may be mailed to:  Barbara Stone Foundation, P.O. Box 26567, Greenville, SC 29616.

Applications may be emailed to:

What is the average size and duration of your grants?

Grants are typically one year and generally range from $2,500 to $25,000.

Does your staff do site visits so we can present our project?

Our goal is to build a relationship with organizations who share our vision of a community where individuals with disabilities flourish.  Please contact our Executive Director, Lara Ceisel at to schedule a call an / or site visit.  There are many ways we may be able to help your organization achieve its goals beyond providing funding.

People under 65 in Greenville County with a Disability: Census 2012 - 2016

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People under 65 in Greenville County with a Disability: Census 2012 - 2016

Every donation, large and small affects positive change.

Within our generation, people with disabilities were locked away from society with a belief that they had nothing useful to contribute.  Although much progress has been made in the past fifty years, individuals with disabilities still struggle to be seen, heard, valued, and included.

YOU can be the difference.  Together, we can achieve our vision of a community where all individuals with disabilities flourish.

Thank you for being a champion for individuals with disabilities!

The Barbara Stone Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. All donations are tax deductible to the extent of the law.