Community Engagement Investment Announcement – 2016 Round II offers

Trident United Way Announces nearly $25,000 in Community Engagement Grant Offers

[North Charleston, SC]  DECEMBER 19, 2016

Today, Trident United Way (TUW) announced grant offers to 7 organizations totaling nearly $25,000 focusing on Community Engagement events scheduled to take place in the coming six months across Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester counties. Today’s announcement marks the second of two rounds of Community Engagement investments totaling $50,000 available from Trident United Way in 2016.

The slate of Community Engagement grant offer recipients includes activities and events provided by local nonprofits aimed to strengthen their volunteer engagement efforts and to connect individuals to resources and service in the three areas of critical need across the region: education, financial stability, and health.

“The interactive workshops, conferences, retreats and seminars provided by the grant recipients create innovative opportunities for learning, remove barriers to access and aim to improve the lives of people and families across the region,” said Chris Kerrigan, TUW president and chief executive officer.

Twelve trained community volunteers dedicated nearly 80 combined service hours reviewing and evaluating grant applications. “I am so thankful for the community volunteers who participated in the review process for community engagement applications. They were trained and reviewed 13 quality applications for this round of funding,” praised Bob Fei, chair of the TUW community impact committee, and member of the TUW board of directors.

During the last decade, the role of Trident United Way has transformed. It is no longer an organization simply focused on providing funding. Rather, it is a catalyst and a partner for achieving BOLD COMMUNITY CHANGE in critical areas of need. 

Today’s grant offers are only one part of TUW’s overall investment strategy. The $150,000 over three years in Community Engagement grant offers represent 1% of the total dollars the organization will invest to benefit the community during its 2016-2019 investment cycle.

In addition to these investments, TUW has added two new education innovation funding pools to support third grade literacy and kindergarten readiness. The organization will also continue to fund  mental health, basic needs and feeding programs in low-income schools through its Links 2.0 Initiative.

Recipients of today’s grant offers include:

Bradley Blake Foundation - Youth Summit

Charleston Promise Neighborhood - Family Enrichment Nights

Habitat for Humanity of Berkeley County - We Are Family Wellness Games

Mental Health Heroes - Mental Health First Aid Training

Palmetto Warrior Connection - Palmetto Women Warrior Connection

Charleston Pro Bono Legal Services - Landlord/Tenant Education Seminar

Youth Empowerment Services - Dream Girls Conference

“Trident United Way is enthusiastic to assist our partners as they embrace effective  practices for community engagement activities in the areas of education, financial stability and health,” said Amanda Lawrence, TUW vice president of community impact. “Together, we can enhance community connections for our neighbors and ensure access to the building blocks of a quality life.”

The next application period for the second round of Community Engagement grants will be available on TUW’s website in March 2017. Visit for more information.

Trident United Way works to make long-lasting, measurable community transformation around the issues that matter most in people’s lives: education, financial stability and health. To learn more visit