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Now Accepting LOIs for Spring 2023 Community Needs Grants


501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations can submit an LOI by March 15th, 2023

Community Needs Grants (up to $25,000)

The Scranton Area Community Foundation makes grants from our Unrestricted General Endowment Fund (Community Needs Fund) to foster good ideas that have the potential to strengthen our community and enrich the lives of the people of Lackawanna County.

We respond to community needs and opportunities with grants in diverse fields such as children and youth, education, animal welfare, arts, human services, seniors, environmental, 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.

Applications will be reviewed by Foundation Leadership and the Grants Distribution Committee. Grant applications are assessed and evaluated according to specific criteria including but not limited to:

All grants must be used for a charitable purpose and be granted to a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

Spring 2023 Community Needs Grant Cycle Deadlines

Deadlines to submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) for a Community Needs Grant:


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.


Other 2023 Grant Opportunities

In addition to Community Needs grants, This year we will offer the following grant opportunities from our Unrestricted General Endowment Fund (Community Needs Fund):

All grants must be used for a charitable purpose and be granted to a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

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