County grants Beaufort County Distance Learning Fund additional $100,000


From staff reports

Beaufort County has allocated an additional $100,000 to the Beaufort County Distance Learning Fund of Coastal Community Foundation.

The Beaufort County Distance Learning Fund will support nonprofits in Beaufort County that are currently providing educational support services such as virtual learning, socially distanced learning, and supplemental academic enrichment, or those that would like to begin offering these components.

“With the ongoing fluidity of the pandemic, it’s hard to know what the learning environment will look like week to week,” Director of the Southern Lowcountry for Coastal Community Foundation Veronica Hemmingway said in a release. “Our goal is to continue supporting organizations that are providing all types of academic support to Beaufort County students, and we are grateful that Beaufort County is committed to providing the resources to make that happen.”

“It’s always a privilege, as a public servant, to be able to work alongside the County Council to quickly solve problems that meet the needs of the community,” Beaufort County Administrator Eric Greenway said. “This additional funding of the Distant Learning Grant program allows the positive impact on the quality of life of many Beaufort County citizens to continue as we navigate the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Launched in January with $100,000 in seed money from Beaufort County, the Beaufort County Distance Learning Fund awarded five grants in June to nonprofit organizations supporting students in Beaufort County.

The Beaufort-Jasper YMCA of the Lowcountry was awarded $25,000 to support its eLearning Support Program, which provided students the time and space to complete their virtual coursework while their parents continued to work throughout the pandemic.

“Our trained staff made sure each student attended their scheduled live video instruction, tutoring, small group, and independent learning opportunities as assigned by their teacher,” Branch Executive Director for the Beaufort-Jasper YMCA of the Lowcountry Kaylin Garst said. “Without the financial assistance of the Beaufort County Distance Learning Fund of CCF, our Y would not have been able to offer this program that provided 940 hours of learning assistance to 180 children for 25 weeks.”

With another round of funding now available, the Beaufort County Distance Learning Fund is accepting applications from 501(c)3 nonprofits and recognized houses of worship in Beaufort County serving Beaufort County students. Coastal Community Foundation began accepting applications on an ongoing basis beginning Tuesday. The funds will continue to be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, and organizations are encouraged to apply as early as possible to secure funding.

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