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Grant Application Process

The Scranton Area Foundation is the community foundation of Lackawanna County.  We proactively work with the community to solve problems, driving the process of social change, while responding to our community’s greatest needs.  As a community foundation, we provide funding based on a variety of issues which serve to best enhance the quality of life, and which define our community. In general, grants will be awarded to 501c3 organizations which enhance the quality of life in Lackawanna County.

Grant Opportunities & Deadlines

The Scranton Area Foundation is pleased to announce three distinct grant opportunities for the 2017 grant cycle.  Corresponding requirements, and deadlines are as follows:

 *In general, critical needs grants will be made at a level at or below $10,000.  In specific instances where the organization wishes to apply for a larger grant, it is important that they contact the foundation in advance of submission of a Letter of Intent.

The Scranton Area Foundation recognizes the additional funding available to area non-profits for health care related projects through the NEPA Health Care Foundation, The Moses Taylor Foundation and the AllOne Foundation. The Scranton Area Foundation serves as Administrator of the NEPA Health Care Foundation.  In light of this, the Scranton Area Foundation will give preference to non-health related grant requests, and recommends that health care related projects are submitted to the NEPA Health Care Foundation.

Application Process

The application process begins with a Letter of Intent (LOI) submitted via email to cathyf@safdn.org. .

Deadlines for letters of Intent are:

Applicants invited to submit a full application will be notified by SAF and assigned login credentials to access the online application through the SAF Website.

What a Letter of Intent should include:

Criteria for Community Needs Grants and Critical Needs Grants

As a Community Foundation, The Scranton Area Foundation responds to community needs and opportunities with grants in such diverse fields as health, education, arts, environment, human services, and civic affairs.  Applications will be reviewed by Foundation Leadership and Grants Distribution Committee. Grant applications are assessed and evaluated according to specific criteria including but not limited to:

In general, the Scranton Area Foundation does not fund capital campaigns*, annual campaigns, or multi-year grants.

*In situations where capital improvements can be directly related to program impact or are integral to enhancing the quality of life of our area, they may be considered.  Please contact the foundation before submitting a LOI.

Criteria for Collaborative Impact Grants

The Scranton Area Foundation would like to foster our local non-profits to work together.  Once a year Collaborative Grants are available to fund large-scale projects developed and implemented by three or more organizations working together to address an issue in our community.  One organization must be identified as the lead fiscal agent and the roles of all organizations involved must be clearly defined.   Four joint meetings of the collaborative shall be required during the grant period with minutes submitted to the Foundation periodically.  Up to half of the grant amount will be distributed at the time of the award.  The remaining funds will be disbursed pending receipt of documentation from awardees.  The funding period is one year from the date of the award.  Grant applications are assessed and evaluated according to specific criteria including but not limited to:

In general, the Scranton Area Foundation does not fund capital campaigns*, annual campaigns, or multi-year grants.

*In situations where capital improvements can be directly related to program impact or are integral to enhancing the quality of life of our area, they may be considered.  Please contact the foundation before submitting a LOI.

 

Current Community Needs

As always, organizations which serve the needs of residents in Lackawanna County are encouraged to keep the Foundation informed of their programs and services and to share their ideas about addressing community needs and opportunities. Additional grant opportunities may be available through other Foundation initiatives such as Women in Philanthropy and Tomorrow’s Leaders Today and will be announced at various times during the year. Any questions regarding the Grants Cycle should be sent to cathyf@safdn.org, or by calling the Foundation at 570-347-6203.

Organizations may apply for multiple types of grants at the Scranton Area Foundation within the same funding period.