The Community Foundation awards grants to local organizations and students in our community. For information about specific grant funds, use the menu above or download a copy of the Foundation's Directory of Kirby Endowment Funds, Competitive Grant Funds and Donor Information.

For scholarship information visit the Scholarships page or view the Kirby Handbook of Polk County Area Scholarships.

Grant and scholarship applications are available on our applications page.

Our "Dates & Dollars" sheet below provides a quick snapshot of currently available funds. To open the file for printing or saving to your computer, click here.

Please contact our Director of Grants, Noah Wood, by phone or email grants@polkccf.org for more information.

Note: 2019 Dates & Dollars below is for reference only. 2020 version will be posted as soon as it is available.
See January and February 1st cycle 2020 deadlines below.

Applications due by January 21, 2020 at 11:59 pm:

  • Unrestricted Grants: for projects that enhance the quality of life  (Long Form Application)
  • Mary F. Kessler Fund Grants: for certain projects that benefit Tryon & Landrum  (Long Form Application)  
  • Bradley Breakthrough Grants: For projects that benefit many generations to come  (Long Form Application)  
  • Free Community Events: for free gatherings in Polk County & Landrum (Short Form Application)
  • Kirby Harmon Field Grants: for free activities for youth at Harmon Field (Short Form Application)  
  • Kirby Rogers Park Grants: for free events at Rogers Park (Short Form Application)
  • Saluda Community Fund Grants: for organizations located in and serving Saluda (Long Form Application)  
  • Student Intern Program: for agencies to hire local high school students as summer interns (Short Form Application)

Applications due by February 4, 2020
 at 11:59 pm:

  • Kirby Endowment Fund Non-Competitive Grants: for organizations designated by the Kirby family (Forms are mailed to beneficiary organizations)
  • Extended deadline for submitting required financials: For eligible organizations applying for January 21 first cycle grants (Contact the Foundation for guidance)