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Announcing our 2020 Grant Cycle



Scranton Area Community Foundation is proud to announce the 2020 grant cycle and invites charitable organizations working to address the needs of people living in the Lackawanna County region to apply.

The Scranton Area Community Foundation makes grants from our Unrestricted General Endowment Fund to foster good ideas that have the potential to strengthen our community and enrich the lives of the people of the Lackawanna County region. We respond to community needs and opportunities with grants in diverse fields such as children and youth, education, animal welfare, arts, seniors, environment, human services, housing, and veteran’s issues. 

Through our grants, we provide support to 501(c)(3) charitable organizations, schools, and government entities that work to address the needs of people living in the Lackawanna County region. We offer two grant opportunities annually from our Unrestricted General Endowment: Critical Needs Grants (up to $10,000)Innovative Impact Grants (up to $25,000)Critical Needs Grants (up to $10,0000) are made for emergencies or pressing, unanticipated needs. Letters of Intent (LOIs) for Critical Needs Grants are accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis throughout the year. Innovative Impact Grants (up to $25,000) seek to provide resources for a nonprofit or collaboration of nonprofits to make a measurable improvement within the region. LOIs for Innovative Impact Grants are accepted and reviewed twice annually.  All grants must be used for a charitable purpose.


Deadlines to submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) for an Innovative Impact Grant:
Saturday, February 15, 2020 (for first grant cycle)

If invited to apply, deadlines to submit a Grant Application for an Innovative Impact Grant are: 
Sunday, March 1, 2020 (for first grant cycle)

LOIs for Critical Needs Grants are accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis throughout the year. 


Ready to apply? As part of our ongoing commitment to building the capacity of our nonprofit professionals and to better serve our grant seekers, our grant application process is now streamlined through our online grant management portal. All grant requests are handled through the online portal.  No paper or emailed applications will be accepted.

The grant application process generally begins with submitting a Letter of Intent (LOI) through the online portal. To submit an LOI, you will need to log on to your organization’s account in our online grant management portal

If your organization does not have an account established, you will need to create an account. If you are unsure of your organization’s account credentials, please contact your organization’s leadership to inquire or email us at grants@safdn.org for further instruction.

If you have any questions about our grant application process, please contact our Grants and Scholarship Manager, Cathy Fitzpatrick, at 570.347.6203, ext. 301 or grants@safdn.org.



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