The Honorary Grace and Grits Fund

The Grace and Grits Fund was established to honor the history, traditions, and culinary arts that have shaped the cultural landscape of the South Carolina Lowcountry.

Annual contributions from the Grace and Grits Fund are directed to organizations that strengthen communities, support after-school programs, and benefit underserved members of the local community.

After-School Programs

  • Village Group – Providing youth development, literacy enrichment, STEM-based education, and recreation via after school programs.

Community Support Organizations

  • Smith Medical Clinic – Providing free of charge medical care to residents of Georgetown County who do not have insurance and cannot afford to pay for medical care
  • Friendship Place – Providing hot meals, job training, and shelter by working with religious groups, community organizations and volunteers
  • A Father’s Place – Their mission is to engage and empower fathers in the positive support of their children through goal-oriented programs that enable them to find stable employment, practice healthy parenting, and gain hope for the future of their family.
  • Helping Hands – Offers HOPE, HELP, and CHANGE in Georgetown County. On faith-based principles, we seek to create sustainable futures through job training and youth empowerment to relieve generational and situational poverty, while meeting immediate needs of food insecurity, utility support, and dental care.
  • Caring and Sharing – The purpose of this organization shall be to help disabled people and senior citizens on low income. We will do our best to help the disabled and senior citizens that live on a low, fixed income, with light bills, heating bills, medicine, water bills and the necessary bills they are unable to pay. We will furnish food on a weekly basis for those who need help in purchasing food that they may have to do without, if they do not receive help.

For more information about each of these organizations and initiatives, please visit



Brian and Sassy, you have been a constant supporter of our mission over years and we sincerely thank you for investing in our future leaders with your gifts and donations. This year, more than any other year that we have been involved with this program, is very important and critical to help stabilize the learning environment for our young people. This donation will be put to good use this summer as we resume our in person academy.
Thanks 🙏🏾

Ray Funnye
The Village Group