About the Robert H. Spitz Foundation
Scranton Area Community Foundation has served as administrator of the Robert H. Spitz Foundation since 2016. The Robert H. Spitz Foundation is a tax-exempt, private foundation and supports initiatives and programs serving the residents of Lackawanna County and Northeastern Pennsylvania. Formed in 2015 through the estate of Mr. Spitz, the Robert H. Spitz Foundation supports an array of projects and programs that improve the Northeastern Pennsylvania region.
The Robert H. Spitz Foundation awards grants to nonprofit organizations, providing support for programs that aim to break the cycle of poverty, remove economic barriers, and encourage independence in adults and children through access to safe, affordable housing, transportation, and education. Priority areas for funding also include veterans’ affairs and veteran-oriented programs, animal welfare, and support for Jewish culture, heritage, community, and cemetery support. To date, the Robert H. Spitz Foundation has provided over $3.7 million in funding to the community.
Robert H. Spitz 2022 Grant Cycle
The Robert H. Spitz Foundation, administered by the Scranton Area Community Foundation, is excited to announce its 2022 grant cycle.
Registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations that support initiatives and programs serving the residents of Lackawanna County and Northeastern Pennsylvania are invited to apply.
Priority areas for funding include:
- Programs that aim to break the cycle of poverty, remove economic barriers, and encourage independence in adults and children through access to safe, affordable housing, transportation, education, and other important issues.
- Veterans’ affairs and veteran-oriented programs;
- Animal welfare, including but not limited to programs that support humane education, adoption for homeless animals, spay/neuter, rescue, veterinary care and which help the economically disadvantaged and the elderly to keep their companion animals;
- Jewish culture, heritage, and community
- COVID-19 Related Issues such as operational support for funding lost due to COVID-19, staffing issues, combating inflation or other emergencies arising from the pandemic
- Environmental programs that seek to preserve and/or protect the environment, seek to raise awareness and/or educate about climate/environmental issues, and mitigate the impact of harmful practices to the environment and promote recreation/public health.
The grant application process begins with submitting a Letter of Intent (LOI) through our online grant portal.
Please note that the Robert H. Spitz Foundation will ONLY accept grant requests through the online portal. No paper or emailed applications will be accepted.
- LOIs for the Robert H. Spitz Foundation grant cycle will be due by Sunday, May 1, 2022 at 11:45 PM.
- If invited to apply, application will be due by Wednesday, June 1, 2022 at 11:45 PM.
2021 Robert H. Spitz Foundation Grant Recipients
- Valley Youth House – Breaking the Cycle of Poverty for Young People Experiencing Homelessness in Lackawanna County
- The Salvation Army – (The Salvation Army – Scranton) Operational Support
- Outreach – Outreach – Center for Community Resources Operational Support
- Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeastern PA – Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeastern Pennsylvania Operational Support
- Valhalla Veterans Services – Valhalla Veterans Services Operational Support
- Dress for Success Lackawanna – Dress for Success Lackawanna Workforce Development Support
- Catherine McAuley Center – Family Support Program for the Prevention of Homelessness
- Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeastern Pennsylvania – Shuttle Program
- GAIT TRC – GAIT TRC – Veteran Equine Assisted Learning Outreach
- NativityMiguel School of Scranton – NativityMiguel Counseling Services to Support Mental Health of Middle School Students
- PAWsitively for the Animals – The Maddie Fund
- Junior Achievement of Northeastern PA – JA Career Pathways Initiative – Program Support
- SPCA of Luzerne County – SPCA of Luzerne County Operational Support
- Johnson College – Johnson College Spay/Neuter Clinic and Veterinary Services Educational Equipment
- The Humane Society of Wyoming County, Inc. – Humane Society of Wyoming County 2021 Spay/Neuter Program Grant
- Volunteers of America of Pennsylvania, Inc. – VOAPA Master Leasing Program for Scranton’s Homeless Young Adults
- Saint Joseph’s Center – Walsh Manor and Mother Infant Programs
- The University of Scranton – We Care Wednesday Meal Program
- FRATERNITE NOTRE DAME – Fraternite Notre Dame Operational Support
- Adopt A Boxer Rescue – “The Puppy Mill Project”
- Jewish Family Service of Northeastern Pennsylvania – Jewish Family Service of Northeastern Pennsylvania
- Wilkes University – Project STIR – Sparking Transformation using Information and Research
- Lackawanna Historical Society – Wholesale Block Documentary
- NeighborWorks Northeastern Pennsylvania – NeighborWorks Northeastern Pennsylvania Navigator position
- Allied Services Foundation – Implementing Pet Peace of Mind (PPOM) in Hospice Care Settings
- Indraloka Animal Sanctuary – NEPA Rescue Veterinary Clinic
- United Neighborhood Centers of NEPA – Emergency Assistance Program
- Treatment Court Advocacy Center of Lackawanna County – Treatment Court Advocacy Center of Lackawanna County Veterans Recovery Project Operational support
- Griffin Pond Animal Shelter – Griffin Pond Animal Shelter Operational Support
- Scranton Animal Shelter Association Incorporation – Scranton Animal Supply House Operational Support
- Women’s Resource Center – WRC Program Support
- St. Cats and Dogs of Scranton – St. Cats & Dogs Operational Support
- Scranton Lackawanna Human Development Agency, Inc. – SLHDA Pre-K Center Phase 2
- Scranton Area Community Foundation – Women in Philanthropy: Empowering and Lifting Disadvantaged Voices
- VNA Hospice and Home Health – OPERATION VNA MENTAL HEALTH OUTREACH: VNA MHO
- NEPA Pet Fund and Rescue – Heartworm and Senior Pet Grant
- Quigley’s Shelter Pet’s, Inc. – Quigley’s Shelter Pets Operational Support – The Next Right Thing
- Bread Basket of Northeast Pennsylvania – Food Storage Support
- Marywood University – “Students Together Achieving Remarkable Success (STARS) Operational Support”
- Luzerne County Animal Response Team – Luzerne County Animal Response Team Operational Support
- Temple Israel of Scranton – Community Shabbat Dinner Promoting Interfaith Acceptance and Understanding
- North Shore Animal League – Mutt-i-grees Curriculum – Expanding Digital Resources
- The Arc of Northeastern PA – Secondary Transition and Educational Trainings to Support Children, Adults with IDD/A and their Families
- Jewish Community Center of Scranton – JCC Swimming Pool Renovation