A little-known Lowcountry group is looking to make a fresh round of grants this summer to those working on scientific or cultural pursuits.

The Charleston Scientific and Cultural Education Fund awards grants to native-born South Carolina residents between 21 and 60 years of age.

The awards are typically about $2,500 and last a year.

The fund was created about 80 years ago, after the death of Charles Hughes, a young businessman whose father founded Hughes Lumber Co. in downtown Charleston on Mary Street. While his estate was about $167,000 at the time, the fund has grown to about $450,000 — despite awarding grants regularly.

Those interested in applying may get a form by requesting one via email from tsuggs@hsblawfirm.com before June 15. The applications themselves must be submitted by July 1, and the awards will be announced by July 31.

Reach Robert Behre at 937-5771.