Posted on March 27th, 2017

Spartanburg, S.C. – The Mary Black Foundation announced today that it awarded $1,126,600 in grants to 10 nonprofit organizations serving Spartanburg County.

  • Boys and Girls Clubs of the Upstate was awarded $40,000 for general operating support to sustain the Chesnee Elementary After School Club.
  • Chapman Cultural Center was awarded $157,000 over three years to develop and implement a professional development program for early childhood providers to integrate creativity and the arts in their classrooms.
  • Habitat for Humanity of Spartanburg was awarded $7,500 to replace street lighting in the Una Habitat Neighborhood.
  • Middle Tyger Community Center was awarded $675,000 over three years to support general operating support for its work in the areas of teen pregnancy prevention and early childhood development.
  • Northside Development Corporation was awarded $25,000 to support a 14-week pilot program, The Northside START ME: Business Accelerator, which supports small businesses and entrepreneurs.
  • Project Hope Foundation was awarded $40,000 to help renovate a 12,000+ square foot facility in downtown Spartanburg into a therapeutic clinic for children with autism.
  • Spartanburg County School District Six was awarded $35,500 to purchase 45 hydroponic towers and a FarmBot to be used at the District Six greenhouse.
  • St. Luke’s Free Medical Clinic was awarded $40,000 for general operating support to provide healthcare to the uninsured.
  • United Way of the Piedmont was awarded $15,000 to provide training for the Compassionate Schools project.
  • Upstate Family Resource Center was awarded $91,000 over two years to form a partnership with PASOs, a statewide nonprofit organization, to enhance services for Latino children throughout Spartanburg County.

Molly Talbot-Metz, Vice President of Programs for the Mary Black Foundation said, “The Foundation is excited to support these organizations as they work to make Spartanburg a healthier and more vibrant community.”  The next opportunity to submit grant applications to the Mary Black Foundation will be in August 2017.  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 more than $48 million to improve the health and wellness of the people and communities of Spartanburg County. Additional information about the Foundation is available at