Since its creation in 1943, the Chapin Foundation has provided visionary grant making to four focus areas within the city of Myrtle Beach and a one-mile radius. From local food banks to world missions, construction to transportation, the Foundation strives to build a healthy and strong community. Read carefully below, and if your organization fits the criteria, please apply.

Four Focus Areas

  • Churches – Local, regularly organized religious institutions may apply for grants to aid in specific church needs as well as to support their local and foreign missions. Churches must be located within the city limits of Myrtle Beach or within a one-mile radius.
  • Non-Profit Organizations Sponsored by Churches – Non-profit organizations that hold a 501 (c) 3 designation by the IRS and are identified as a local or foreign mission of a regularly organized religious institution located within a one-mile radius of the City of Myrtle Beach.
  • YMCA – Mr. Chapin was an early and active participant in the national YMCA movement, serving on the national board from 1902-1940. His desire was for the Myrtle Beach community to have a vibrant YMCA. His wishes were realized in 1984 with the establishment of the Myrtle Beach YMCA. In recent years has the YMCA evolved into the YMCA of Coastal Carolina, serving Horry and Georgetown Counties. The permanent branch in Myrtle Beach is the Claire Chapin Epps Family YMCA, located off 62nd Avenue North and 17 By-Pass.
  • Public Libraries & Hospitals – The Chapin Memorial Library and school libraries located within the city limits of Myrtle Beach or within a one-mile radius. Currently, there are no public hospitals in this geographic area.


To qualify for funding, all grant applicants must be located within the city limits of Myrtle Beach or a 1-mile radius.

To inquire about the eligibilty of your organization, contact us.

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The Foundation does not make grants to or for the following:

  • Individuals
  • Indirect costs, including payments of a percentage of a grant to a local organization’s national affiliate
  • Programs or projects generally considered to be the role of the government
  • Endowments
  • Loans
  • Retirement of accumulated debt
  • Projects of organizations that primarily benefit their own members or adherents
  • Tickets to charitable events or dinners
  • Legislative lobbying or other political purposes