Through its grantmaking programs the Bunnelle Foundation partners with organizations working to improve the quality of life for Georgetown County citizens. Grants address the various focus areas of the foundation's mission:
- addressing root causes of poverty
- meeting basic human needs
- encouraging positive youth development
- promoting economic vitality
- preserving the environment.
The Foundation Board of Directors realizes that grantmaking programs must respond to community needs and issues and will, therefore, evolve over time. Current programs include Grants for the Common Good, Mini Grants, Disaster Recovery Grants, and Institution Specific Grants, which honor Mrs. Bunnelle's commitment to her "favorite charities:" Saint Frances Animal Center and Tara Hall Home for Boys.
Foundation support does not eliminate the need for organizations to continue to raise money from other sources.