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The Springs Close Foundation, Inc.


Last Updated: 2016-03-31

At A Glance

The Springs Close Foundation, Inc.

(formerly Springs Foundation, Inc.)

951 Market St., Ste. 205

Fort Mill, SC United States 29708-6529

Telephone: (803) 548-2002


Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation

Additional Descriptor

  • Celebrity: Entertainment; Other
  • Family foundation

Financial Data

(yr. ended 2013-12-31)

Assets: $43,862,310

Total giving: $880,900





Additional Contact Information

Lancaster, SC, office address: 201 W. Gay St., Lancaster, SC 29720, tel.: (803) 286-2197, fax: (803) 416-4626; Chester, SC, office address: 109 Gadsden St., Chester, SC 29706, tel.: (803) 581-7874, fax: (803) 581-2431


Incorporated in 1942 in DE - Founded by the late Elliot W. Springs and members of the Springs and Close families. Elliott White Springs was the 5th-ranking American flying ace of World War I, and a successful author, best known for his book "Warbirds: Diary of an Unknown Aviator," largely based upon a collection of letters written by his friend, John McGavock Grider, who was killed in action while serving with 85 Squadron.

Purpose and Activities

In response to high unemployment rates and growing economic distress, the foundation shifted its charitable efforts toward helping local citizens who need basic and emergency needs, such as shelter, food, and medical assistance.

Program Area(s)

The grantmaker has identified the following area(s) of interest:

Community Service

Committed to increasing communities' capacity to care for citizens, grants are made to community service organizations in York, Chester and Lancaster counties.

Grants to Individuals Program

Student loans to residents of Lancaster County or the townships of Fort Mill and Chester, SC, for undergraduate study, or medical or dental school.


Grants are made to local programs that support and enhance the quality of life by promoting health and well-being for all segments of the community.

Leroy Springs Student Loan Program

Provides interest-free loans of up to $3,000 per year toward undergraduate education and $4,000 a year toward medical and dental schools. Participants must live in, or parents must work in, Lancaster County, Chester, or Fort Mill, SC, and students must attend four-year colleges or universities in SC. Interest-free loans of up to $1,000 are available to students attending York Technical College; same restrictions apply. An additional book allowance of $500 is available to those who qualify.

Quality Schools Initiative Program

A reimbursement program to help classroom teachers and teachers' aides take additional college courses to upgrade skills and to pursue masters degrees.


Grants are made to support local programs that provide opportunities that recognize the importance of recreation to physical fitness and lifelong physical and mental health.


Grants are made primarily to small rural churches and to support capital projects and cannot be used for operating expenses or to pay off debt.

Fields of Interest

  • Christianity
  • Community and economic development
  • Early childhood education
  • Family services
  • Health
  • Senior services
Population Groups
  • Low-income and poor people

Financial Data

Year ended 2013-12-31

Assets: $43,862,310 (market value)

Gifts received: $12,100

Expenditures: $1,327,877

Total giving: $880,900

Qualifying distributions: $1,244,052

Giving activities include:

$880,900 for 102 grants (high: $100,000; low: $200)