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For more information on grants offered by the Scranton Area Community Foundation, please see below:
Please Note: In this time of COVID-19 pandemic response and recovery, The Scranton Area Community Foundation recognizes that both the degree and the types of need in the communities we serve is unprecedented, and that most charitable organizations are impacted in some way.
We know nonprofits have been working hard at pivoting and reimagining programs and service delivery in the middle of the pandemic. We aim to help nonprofits move their essential work forward during this critical time.
During the first half of 2021, The Scranton Area Community Foundation will offer Critical Needs Grants on a rolling basis. Through this timeframe, we will continue to pause from offering Innovative Impact Grants in order to help address these critical needs. Reviews of incoming Critical Needs Grant applications will be conducted several times during the first half of 2021.
Note: COVID-19 does not have to be a direct reason for the need. We understand that the pandemic is driving much of the critical need at this time, however, the Foundation is also receptive to critical needs stemming from other issues.
Visit our page on Critical Needs Grants to learn more.
The Scranton Area Community Foundation makes grants to foster good ideas that have the potential to strengthen our community and enrich the lives of the people of Scranton, Lackawanna County, and Northeastern Pennsylvania. The Foundation responds to community needs and opportunities with grants in such diverse fields as health, education, arts, environment, human services, and civic affairs.
Organizations that 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.
As part of our ongoing commitment to building the capacity of our nonprofit professionals and to better serve our grant seekers, we have recently simplified our grant application process. Our grant application process is now streamlined through our online grant management portal.
The grant application process begins with submitting a Letter of Intent (LOI) through the online portal.
To submit an LOI, you will need to first create an account in our online grant management portal. All applicants are required to create an account. [Note that your LOI/grant application can be saved as a draft, and when you log on again it’s easy to return to that draft, make edits, and submit the application when you’re ready to do so.]
Scranton Area Community Foundation’s Online Grant Management Portal:
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Click the “Submit a Letter of Intent” button to access the online portal to create your new account and get started.
To create your account and begin the grant application process, enter the following information:
A username that is an email address
Your contact information
Your organization’s information, including the EIN/Tax ID number (required)
Contact information for the organization’s Executive Officer
We have provided additional resources, including a written tutorial, to help you with our new grant application process. To access the written applicant tutorial, visit Applicant Tutorial – Grants.
All submitted LOIs will be reviewed and select organizations will be invited to submit a full grant application through the online portal before the grant application deadline.
We offer two grant cycles throughout the course of a year.
Please note that the Scranton Area Community Foundation will ONLY accept grant requests through the online portal. No paper or emailed applications will be accepted.
Community Needs Grants are awarded to registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations that help to enhance the quality of life in Lackawanna County. Grant applications are evaluated according to specific criteria including community impact, organizational capability, and project feasibility and sustainability.
If you have any questions about our grant application process, please contact us at 570-347-6203 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
LOIs for Critical Needs Grants are accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis throughout the year.
This grant process will be in place until July 31, 2021.