Grant Application Process

Scranton Area Community Foundation Announces 2019 Grant Cycle

The Scranton Area Community Foundation invites charitable organizations in Lackawanna County to apply for grants.  In general, grants will be awarded to 501c3 or related organizations which enhance the quality of life in Lackawanna County.  This is the first of two grant cycles in 2019.

The Scranton Area Foundation is a 501c3 public community foundation.  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.

Application Process

The application process begins with a Letter of Intent (LOI) submitted via email to

DEADLINES for letters of Intent are:

February 15th for the March 1st grant application deadline 

September 15th  for the October 1st grant application deadline

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:

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.


Grant Opportunities & Deadlines

The Scranton Area Foundation is pleased to announce two grant opportunities for the 2019 grant cycle.  Corresponding requirements and deadlines are as follows:

Community Needs Grants fund a wide range of nonprofit programs that respond to a particular community need or issue and which enhance the quality of life in Lackawanna County. SAF will conduct two open grant cycles annually for Community Needs Grants.  In order to be considered, complete applications for Community Needs Grants must be received by either  March 1st  or October 1st.

Criteria for Community Needs Grants

As a Community Foundation, The Scranton Area Foundation responds to needs and opportunities with grants in such diverse fields as education, arts, environment, human services, animal welfare, 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.

Critical needs grants will be made for emergencies or pressing, unanticipated needs. Critical needs grants will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis throughout the year.

*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.


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.  Any questions regarding the Grants Cycle should be sent to, or by calling the Foundation at 570-347-6203 extension 301.

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