Posted on August 3rd, 2016

Community Foundation of the Lowcountry has received a $10,000 grant from Sisters of Charity Foundation of South Carolina to help fund its Project SAFE initiative.

Project SAFE (Sewer Access For Everyone) is a program to provide grants for public sewer connections to qualified, low-income Hilton Head Island households that still rely on septic systems. Collaborating with the Town of Hilton Head Island and Hilton Head Public Service District (PSD), the Community Foundation is spearheading efforts to raise both awareness of the issue and the dollars needed to connect these homes.

“Sewer access is a critical issue, not just for individual homeowners, but for the entire region,” said Denise K. Spencer, president and CEO of Community Foundation of the Lowcountry. “Malfunctioning septic systems impact our public health, our economic health and our ecological health. We all pay the price when septic systems fail, which is why the community needs to get behind this effort. Working together, with government entities and funders, like Sisters of Charity Foundation, we can help low-income homeowners get rid of septic systems and get connected to public sewer. Our goal is to have this problem solved by June of 2020.”

For more information about Project SAFE and how you can help, visit

For 21 years, Community Foundation of the Lowcountry has been connecting people, resources and needs by helping build stronger communities and assisting donors in making a difference through charitable giving. With over 300 charitable funds, combined assets totaling $63 million and grantmaking and scholarships reaching $58 million, Community Foundation of the Lowcountry is the largest source of unrestricted philanthropic resources dedicated to Beaufort, Colleton, Hampton and Jasper Counties.

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