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Explore all of our available grant opportunities on our Online Grant Management portal:

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For more information on grants offered by the Scranton Area Community Foundation, please see below:

Scranton Area Community Foundation Grants

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.

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.

Available Grant Opportunities

Community Needs Grants (up to $25,000) are made to support programmatic needs due to challenging circumstances such as those programs which are struggling to receive funding, expanding due to a growing need in the community, and/or facing higher costs due to inflation or other financial factors.

Community Needs Grants will begin accepting LOIs in February.



Critical Needs Grants (up to $5,000) will be made for emergencies or pressing, unanticipated needs to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations.

Letters of Intent (LOIs) for Critical Needs Grants will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis throughout the year. These grants are intended to be (relatively) quickly deployed where and when needed.

Learn more about Critical Needs Grants >





Community Events Grants (up to $1,000) are made to Lackawanna County nonprofit organizations hosting community events which add value to the overall community and enrich the lives of those in our area. This program is not intended to support fundraising events. Letters of Intent (LOIs) for Community Events Grants will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis throughout the year.

Learn more about Community Events Grants >


Grant Application Process

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:

Apply for a Grant >


Submit a Letter Of Intent

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. We will also take into account the challenges nonprofits face in this turbulent time.

If you have any questions about our grant application process, please contact us at 570-347-6203 or grants@safdn.org.


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