Scranton Area Community Foundation Grants

The Scranton Area Community Foundation makes grants to foster good ideas which have the potential to strengthen our community and enrich the lives of the people of Scranton and Lackawanna County. 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 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.


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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. LOIs will be accepted from charitable organizations in Lackawanna County through Sunday, September 15, 2019.

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.]


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:

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.

The deadline to submit an LOI for the second grant cycle of 2019 is Sunday, September 15, 2019.

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

Video Tutorial 1: Site Access & Account Creation

Video Tutorial 2: Applying for Funding

Video Tutorial 3: Your Applicant Dashboard

Current Grant Programs

To see a list of our current Grant Programs, please see Our Grants.

Scranton Area Foundation Scholarships

If you would like more information on Scholarships, please see Our Scholarships.