Frequently Asked Questions
What is On the Table and why should I participate? +
On the Table is an exciting, region-wide initiative to explore the ways in which we have the power to collaborate in order to make our communities stronger, safer, and more dynamic.
On the Table allows community members to come together, collaborate more, and to become more involved and more committed to our community. While we know that there’s no “quick fix” to the issues facing the Lowcountry, progress will result from residents and organizations listening to each other and working together to create changes that will add up to help unite the place we call home.
What you do matters – and when we come together as a community to learn from and with each other, we have the power affect both neighborhoods and lives. That’s what On the Table is all about.
What is a Spark Grant and how do I get one? +
The Library Foundation of the Lowcountry is partnering with SC Federal Credit Union to provide Spark Grants to launch the best ideas that come up On The Table.
Applying is easy as taking a video with your phone. Simply record a 30 to 60 second video of you, or maybe you and your tablemates, talking about a good idea for community improvement. Upload that video using the instructions found [here]. A committee will review the videos and make final selections. Your idea might win an award.
Deadline for application is October 10th.
What should an On the Table gathering look like? +
Hosts are encouraged to be creative. The priority is to create an atmosphere conducive to meaningful conversation – a potluck in your dining room, a picnic in a nearby park, a gathering at a neighborhood restaurant, or a backyard barbecue are just some of the many possibilities.
What is expected of me during and after my On the Table gathering is over? +
We look forward to hearing about the stories and commitments discussed at your gathering. We encourage all participants to share insights, photos and videos on social media using #lowcountryonthetable.
At the conclusion of the On the Table discussion we’ll send every participant (hosts and guests) a short e-mail survey to learn more about their experiences and their commitments. You may also be asked to participate in a more in-depth post-event interview, where we hope to dive even deeper into some of the experiences, insights, and thoughts that arose from these conversations.
All On the Table participants can ask to receive an electronic copy of the summary report detailing the impact and outcomes of this initiative. Printed copies will also be available. Should you care to be included, you will also be invited to future civic engagement programs, initiatives, and events sponsored by the Library Foundation.