GoodSince its inception in 1948, the Trinity Bazaar has raised funds for Columbia’s neediest citizens.

The first Trinity Bazaar took place in 1948. It was dinner and an auction to raise funds for Columbian’s diagnosed with tuberculosis.

For over 70 years the Bazaar has continued its tradition of giving. Each year, Trinity Cathedral’s Daughters of the Holy Cross give virtually all monies raised by the Bazaar back to the midlands citizens in need via Bazaar Grants to select Columbia 501(c)-3 nonprofit service organizations.

How Are Grantees Chosen?

Grantee logo.jpegDuring the winter season, members of Trinity Cathedral’s general congregation propose local 501(c)-3 service organizations seeking operating or project-specific funds. These organizations complete applications detailing the purpose of their request and showing that they meet grant criteria. They also host a site visit. In May of each year, the Trinity Daughters of the Holy Cross Grants Committee select and announce final grant recipients for the upcoming Bazaar. Funds raised by the Bazaar are disbursed in the weeks after the Bazaar takes place.

The Grant application process has begun for the 2019 Bazaar. Please contact us at for further information.

The 2018 Trinity Bazaar Grant Recipients were:

fullsizeoutput_3b7a.jpegALALA – Helping post-surgical cancer patients stay in the continuum of care. Alala seeks to empower cancer survivors after initial diagnosis with  educational resources, support, and supplies for post diagnosis care.



JUMP START PRISON MINISTRIES –  42-week prison life skills program. Offered through Camille Graham Women’s Prison,  JumpStart life skills training reduces  recidivism and improves quality of life after incarceration.




SISTERCARE – Early intervention counseling for women leaving violent relationships. Sistercare provides services and advocacy for survivors of domestic violence and their children. Early intervention counseling training increases long-term success.



TOBY’S PLACE – Furniture for children’s rooms. A program of the Oliver Gospel Mission, Toby’s Place provides long-term transitional housing and life skills training for Columbia’s hidden homeless: women and children. Play areas for children are important to their growth and well-being.


fullsizeoutput_3b7b.jpegTRANSITIONS HOMELESS CENTER – A Youth Program for young residents aged 18-24. Transitions is the Columbia midland’s largest shelter providing homeless men and women aged 18 and older access to a day center, hot meals, showers, service providers and housing. 



All donations made to the Bazaar are committed to the Bazaar Grants.
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Previous Grant Recipients Include:


  • Columbia Free Medical Clinic: help purchase equipment to diagnose and treat skin disorders, including pre-cancerous lesions.
  • Fresh Start Ministry of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church: help provide free laundry service, showers, HIV testing and blood pressure screenings to homeless and working-poor residents of Columbia’s Waverly neighborhood. (Learn more about the ministry here.)
  • Growing Home Southeast:  help with rental subsidies for residents living at Leaphart Place, a 20-unit complex that provides housing and support services for young adults (18-28) who have aged out of the foster care system.
  • Keeping it Real Ministries:  create ‘essentials’ backpacks containing clothes and toiletries for people living on the streets of Columbia. Also, help fund two events featuring a hot meal, music, worship, and inspiration.
  • Lighthouse for Life: help open Karis House, a refuge for girls aged 12-21 who have been rescued from sex trafficking in South Carolina.










*Founded by Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in 1989, St. Lawrence Place is a primary program of Homeless No More, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization committed to offering a seamless continuum of services and housing to homeless and at-risk families in the midlands of South Carolina.