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SCORE Charleston SC Announces the 2019 INVEST in VETS Grant Program Details

SCORE Charleston SC, a nonprofit small business volunteer mentoring organization, has revised its annual military grant program, INVEST in VETS, to a biannual award for area veterans starting or running a small business. New in 2019 is sponsorship for the program from the SunTrust Foundation.

Charleston, SC, March 13, 2019 --( Now entering its sixth year, SCORE Charleston SC has revised its annual military grant program to a biannual award. As an annual program, it has awarded more than $30,000 over five years to area veterans starting or running a small business.

The 2019 INVEST in VETS grant program is sponsored by SCORE Charleston SC with support from the SunTrust Foundation. The program’s objective is to provide local veteran entrepreneurs mentoring assistance, business education and grant funding.

“On behalf of the SunTrust Foundation, we’re proud to partner with SCORE Charleston SC to support our veteran community and its entrepreneurs and small business owners,” said Mark Lattanzio, SunTrust Bank region president. “We know the grants will help the recipients move toward financial confidence and contribute to economic growth in the community as they create businesses and jobs.”

The grant amounts will range from $1,000 to $2,500. The application period for the first grant is open March 1, 2019, through May 1, 2019. The second grant period will open Sept. 1, 2019, through Nov. 1, 2019. To view the grant application, past winners, success stories and more information, please visit

“We love helping startups and business owners with our mentoring and education services. Being able to also give money to help entrepreneurs fund a key business activity allows us to make an immediate impact in an area that may have been a significant challenge for the recipient,” stated Rick Norman, SCORE mentor and INVEST in VETS team member.

SCORE synthesizes the American entrepreneurial spirit and volunteerism. Since 1964, SCORE has provided expert volunteer mentoring to more than 11 million entrepreneurs and small business owners. SCORE is committed to helping any person succeed in their small business endeavor through confidential and free mentoring, workshops, and tools.

About SunTrust Foundation
The SunTrust Foundation is committed to SunTrust Bank’s purpose of Lighting the Way to Financial Well-Being by engaging with local and national organizations to advance financial confidence. Grants and activities focus primarily on financial education, financial counseling, career readiness and small business/entrepreneurship, in addition to local community grants. The SunTrust Foundation supports American Red Cross disaster relief efforts and contributes as a United Way Global Corporate Leader. Established in 2008, the SunTrust Foundation has proudly provided grants totaling more than $160 million throughout the United States.

Donna Temple, Admin.
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SCORE Charleston SC
Mary Butler
Donna Temple
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