Posted on December 14th, 2018

For Immediate Release

Spartanburg, S.C. – The Mary Black Foundation announced today that it awarded $688,630 in grants to 5 nonprofit organizations serving Spartanburg County. These organizations will receive the funds for operating support in 2019.

  • BirthMatters was awarded $119,730 for its community-based doula program, a home visitation program that provides educational and emotional support to young expectant mothers.
  • Institute for Child Success received $142,500 for general operational support related to policy and research in support of Spartanburg’s young children and their families.
  • Spartanburg County First Steps was awarded $156,500 for services and supports offered through Quality Counts, a county-wide continuous quality improvement program for private and public early care and education settings.
  • Hub City Farmer’s Market was awarded $87,650 for general operating expenses and a strategic planning process.
  • Partner’s for Active Living received $182,250 for general operational support and for a dirt and mountain bike park to be located on the Mary Black Foundation Rail Trail.

Molly Talbot-Metz, President & CEO for Mary Black Foundation said, “The Foundation has been partnering with these organizations for many years to improve the health and wellness of all people in Spartanburg County.  Their missions are aligned with ours and we are pleased to provide support again for their operations in 2019.” To learn more about how to apply for a grant, visit

The Mary Black Foundation is an independent, private foundation. Since 1996, it has paid nearly $54 million to improve the health and wellness of the people and communities of Spartanburg County. Additional information about the Foundation is available

For more information, contact:
Molly Talbot-Metz
President & CEO
349 E. Main Street, Suite 100
Spartanburg, SC 29302