The NEW Fund of Coastal Community Foundation is accepting grant applications for its 2013 funding year.

Grants ranging from $500-$3,000 are awarded to low-to-moderate income neighborhood associations in Charleston and Colleton counties for community improvement projects. Created in 1991, the Neighborhoods Energized to Win Fund is designed to support self-sustaining community development, leadership and pride within neighborhoods.

Applications are encouraged from both grass-roots and 501(c)(3) nonprofit neighborhood organizations. Priority will be given to programs focused on the fund’s desired outcomes of strong and healthy families, safe and supportive neighborhoods, residential pride, active community participation, and belief in residents’ power to shape their communities. Projects that have been funded in the past include after-school programs, neighborhood beautification initiatives and various community center plans.

At 10 a.m. March 2, the Foundation will host a mandatory preapplication session for all new applicants to the NEW Fund and prior grantees that have not received funding since 2011. Grantees that received funding in 2012 are encouraged to attend this session if they need assistance, but it is not required. In this session, foundation staff will review the application process and give advice to applicants.

Attendance is open to anyone, but reservations are required by noon on March 1 so that staff will know how many to expect.

Groups selected as 2013 NEW Fund grantees are also expected to send two representatives to an additional meeting to receive information about executing the grant project per the standards of the foundation. This session will be at 10 a.m. July 13 at the Coastal Community Foundation’s office downtown.

Applications are available at www.coastalcommunityfoundation.org/nonprofits/grants.html.

For more about the NEW Fund or to reserve seats for the informational meeting, contact Sydney Fowler at 723-3635, ext. 107, or sydney@coastalcommunityfoundation.org.