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High Tide: Saving Thanksgiving

A true story about local siblings now enjoying Thanksgiving day together - after transferring management responsibility of their late father's inherited private foundation over to CCGF.

High Tide: CCGF + Glynn Haven Park

Paul White, CCGF President/CEO, discusses the Glynn Haven Park Project:

A story on how the local Community Foundation helped turn the empty lot into a park for the Glynn Haven neighborhood, instead of a mulit-house development.

CCGF on Page 8 - High Tide St. Simons Magazine, Summer 2022

2022 Winners: Halsey Music + Science Scholarship

The Halsey Family Scholarship: Music + Science, a component fund of The Communities of Coastal Georgia Foundation, awards two $8,000 scholarships over the course of 2-years to Camden County High School graduating seniors – 1 pursuing a music degree, 1 pursuing a science degree.

This year’s 2022 Halsey Family Scholarship recipients are Mary Margaret McNeil (Music) and Elizabeth Tran (Science). Mary Margaret will be attending the Manhattan School of Music, Bachelor of Music Program in Classical Voice - Soprano. Elizabeth will be attending the University of Georgia, majoring in Pharmaceutical Sciences.

Community Emergency Needs Fund makes first distributions

The Community Emergency Needs Fund has awarded a total of $100,000 in grant distributions to coastal agencies providing basic needs such as food, clothing, shelter, water, prescriptions/healthcare, and transportation to work and medical care to those who have been disproportionately impacted by the corona virus pandemic. The Needs Fund is managed in partnership by the Communities of Coastal Georgia Foundation and United Way of Coastal Georgia to serve coastal residents that have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic.

These funding awards represent Phase One of a multi-phase response to quickly deploy resources into the community. Phase One recipients are:

America’s Second Harvest, Boys & Girls Club of Southeast Georgia, Coastal Community Health Services, Coastal Outreach Soccer, Communities in Schools, FaithWorks Ministry, Golden Isles YMCA, Grace House, House of Hope, Morningstar Children and Family Services, Safe Harbor Street Outreach, Salvation Army Brunswick, St. Andrews Episcopal Church of Darien, and United Methodist Church of Darien.

Additional funding phases will occur in the coming weeks.

“We are so pleased to be able to quickly begin distributing resources to help Coastal Georgians weather the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic,” says Mary Jenrette, United Way of Coastal Georgia Board Chair.

For the full list of Phase One grantees and their funded programs, please visit

“As we look toward reopening our community, we are seeing so clearly that the COVID-19 pandemic will have a deep and wide impact on local economy,” Jack Kilgore, Communities of Coastal Georgia Foundation Board Chair. “We will see and feel the need continuing to increase for some time. We encourage all to consider making a gift to the Emergency Needs Fund.”

Individuals, families, businesses and other philanthropy organizations are invited to continue to give to the Needs Fund at

For more information, please contact:

Paul White, President & CEO
Communities of Coastal Georgia Foundation

Virginia Brown, President & CEO
United Way of Coastal Georgia

About the Communities of Coastal Georgia Foundation
The Communities of Coastal Georgia Foundation (CCGF) was incorporated in 2005, as a tax-exempt public charity created by and for the people of Glynn, McIntosh and Camden counties. The Foundation now has assets over $30 million and has awarded over $16 million in grants to community organizations in the three-county region and beyond. The Foundation serves ordinary citizens who have the extraordinary vision for a better life for their neighbors, friends, families, and fellow coastal Georgians - today and for future generations. The Foundation seeks to be the region’s trusted source for thoughtful philanthropic counsel, sound financial management and strategic community investment.

About United Way of Coastal Georgia

United Way of Coastal Georgia located in Brunswick, Georgia is the leading facilitator of community enrichment for both Glynn and McIntosh counties. The mission of United Way of Coastal Georgia is to bring diverse people and resources together to address the most urgent issues that the community faces. Through unique partnerships and approaches, United Way of Coastal Georgia seeks to invest in the building blocks of a good life; a quality education that leads to a stable job, income to support a family though retirement and good health. For additional information, visit


The Communities of Coastal Georgia Foundation's 2022 Community Impact Fund cycle opened January 3rd.  Funding is made possible through the Foundation’s Coastal Community Endowment and its Fundholders. Applications will be accepted through February 28th. All proposals and supporting documentation are due by the closing date. Awards will be announced in early May. 

The focus is on agencies working with at-risk youth and demonstrating measurable results. In 2019, the Foundation expanded its focus, taking into consideration that the success of young people is connected in part to the success of their caregivers. Using a multi-generational approach, the CCGF now also consider proposals from agencies that support the parents, guardians, and caregivers of at-risk youth.  

Eligibility: The Communities of Coastal Georgia Foundation invites inquiries from non-profit public charities and educational institutions serving the citizens of Camden, Glynn, and McIntosh counties. Governmental agencies, religious, and civic organizations will also be considered if the grant is to be used strictly for charitable purposes as defined by the Internal Revenue Code, Section 170.

The Foundation accepts proposals for up to $7,500 from agencies with:

1) Programs serving at-risk youth and which specifically address one of these areas: Early Childhood Literacy and/or Quality-Rated Child Care; Teen pregnancy and births to unwed young mothers; Juvenile Crime and Gang Activity; High School Graduation and Workforce Readiness; Youth Development and Innovative Education Strategies; or Risk Reduction, including child protective, substance abuse, and/or mental health services.

2) Services that concentrate on parenting, job skills and financial security for caregivers.

For questions about the application process, please contact Kaitlyn Cenicola - Manager of Programs & Communications:

(912) 324-4120 or

Deadline: February 28, 2022

2022 Grant Guidelines and Application

For those who received 2021 grants:  Grant Report Form



The Communities of Coastal Georgia Foundation manages and administers the following scholarship funds with award opportunities for students in Coastal Georgia.


The Christ Church, Frederica Episcopal Church Women Fund - $2,500 - 1 year

A scholarship fund created in 2017 by the Christ Church Frederica Episcopal Church Women. Annually, the scholarship will provide $2,500 to a female graduating high school senior or current college student pursuing a degree through an academic or technical college or university. The applicant must be of the Episcopal faith and hail from Glynn or McIntosh County.


2022 CCF ECW Winners: (left to right)

*Evie Akridge

*Maggie Jenkins

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The Halsey Family Scholarship Fund - $8,000 - 2 years

A post-secondary scholarship program offered to graduating seniors at Camden County High School, pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in either a Biological or Physical Science Field or a Music, Music Education, or Music related Field.

The Halsey Family Scholarship was established by John F. (Jack) Halsey, PhD, and Sandra M. (Sandy) Halsey in recognition of the significant influence that both science and music education have had on their lives. The Halsey Family Scholarship awards up to four (4) academic semesters of support to undergraduate students beginning their freshman year in college, based on continued progress and academic achievement. 

The scholarship provides up to $2,000 per semester (maximum, $4,000 per year), which is paid directly to the post-secondary institution, to offset costs of tuition, fees, books, room & board. Any excess funds are distributed to the student through the institution’s student accounts services to pay for living expenses.


2022 Halsey Winners: (left to right)

*Elizabeth Tran - Science

*Mary Margaret McNeil - Music

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The Correll Scholars Program Fund - $20,000 - 4 years

Applicants for the Correll Scholars Program must be Glynn County high school seniors pursuing a two or four year degree at one of Georgia’s public universities, and members of the Elizabeth F. Correll Teen Center/Boys & Girls Club of Southeast Georgia or The Gathering Place.  

The Correll Scholars Program provides an annual scholarship of $5,000 to 4 students enrolled in four-year academic degree programs and an annual scholarship/stipend of up to $4,000 to students enrolled in a two-year academic/technical degree program.


2022 Correll Winners: (left to right)

*Justis Kuykendall - GP

*Kylie Dallas - GP

*Grace Hagen - GP

*Saje Alston - B&GC

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The Glynn Academy Class of 1969 Scholarship Fund - $2,500 - 1 year

The Glynn Academy Class of 1969 scholarship, a component fund of the Communities of Coastal Georgia Foundation, will award a $2,500 academic scholarship to a graduating Glynn Academy senior who has been accepted to attend a Georgia academic college or university.

The graduating senior must meet the following criteria:

1. Applicants must have a cumulative HOPE GPA between 2.70 and 2.99.
2. Applicants must supply family background and demonstrate financial need.
3. Applicants must be a good school citizen with no demerits, excellent attendance, and no failures.
4. Applicants must demonstrate active involvement in extracurricular school and community activities.


2022 GA Winner:

*Marisela Guerreo-Gomez

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Financial Overview

In 2021, The Communities of Coastal Georgia Foundation (CCGF) invested more than $3.9 million in grants throughout Camden, Glynn, and McIntosh counties. From our founding in 2005 through 2021, CCGF has distributed over $22.5 million in grants across a broad range of programs, services, and opportunities. Our investment in hundreds of nonprofits in our area strengthens and underscores our mission to build a better community. The images below highlight our activity through the end of 2021:

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How We Work

The Communities of Coastal Georgia Foundation (CCGF) is a tax-exempt public foundation created by, and for, the people of Camden, Glynn, and McIntosh counties.  Community foundations enable people with philanthropic interests to easily and effectively support those interests.  

Upcoming Event - November 1 Coastal Funders Roundtable

Join the Georgia Center for Nonprofits and area funders to learn about systems for collecting program data and generating impactful success stories.
Lucas Ramirez, executive director of The Gathering Place, will discuss his organization’s focus on data and outcomes, sharing lessons learned and benefits gained, alongside local funders Paul White of the Communities of Coastal Georgia Foundation, Jeff Barker of the St. Marys United Methodist Church Foundation, and Virginia Brown of the United Way of Coastal Georgia.
Don’t miss this free opportunity to learn how to create a data driven culture in your own organization.
To learn more and register, click here