Guidelines for Discretionary Grantmaking

The guidelines below pertain to grantmaking with respect to the Areas of Interest established by the Foundation upon inception. These Areas of Interest can be found here. After reading these guidelines, if you believe your organization to be a good fit, you may apply online.


  • Organizations classified as tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and as public charities, under Section 509(a) of that code. Individuals and for-profit organizations are not eligible for funding.
  • Churches and religious organizations may be eligible to receive funding for activities that are non-sectarian and benefit the larger community.
  • Government agencies and public schools are eligible for funding but not for programs where public funding has been eliminated.
  • Organizations must be in existence for a minimum of 3 years. Financial reports should show breakeven or surplus budgets in the last 2 out of 3 years.
  • We do not fund:
    1. Institutions that discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, creed, gender, or sexual orientation in policy or practice.
    2. Scholarships and fellowships awarded by your organization to individuals.
    3. Sectarian religious activities, political lobbying or legislative activities.
    4. Direct replacement of government support.

In addition to the requirements listed above, applicants outside of Salem County must:

  • Have a presence established in the County; or
  • Have experience working with residents of the County; or
  • Have experience partnering with nonprofit organizations in the County.

The online application has basic sections to complete as well as the following:

    • Applicant Background – Provide a brief overview of your organization, its service area, participant/client demographics, overview of major programs and/or strategies, and how they further your mission.
    • Proposal Narrative – Project Description & Implementation Plan – Provide a full description of the project and how it aligns with and furthers your organization’s mission and addresses recognized community health needs. Provide documentation to show that specific services/interventions represent the most effective way to reach the greatest number of people needing the service/intervention. Describe the goals of the proposed project, what will be implemented throughout the project, and how the project will address program, policy and environment strategies for impacting the community which the program will serve. Outline a comprehensive plan for accomplishing the goals and objectives. Describe the population the project will directly serve. Please use actual numbers (vs. percentages) whenever possible and cite the sources for demographic data. Provide existing evidence-based practices you used to develop the project.
    • Collaboration with Local Community Partners – Describe your organization’s collaboration with other organizations in the community, and possible ways those collaborations can be strengthened through support from this grant.
    • Other Support – The Foundation will not support the entirety of any project, except for Pilot or Planning projects. If you have applied for, or intend to apply for other funds to support this project, list the donors and the pending requested amounts, date of application and projected date of notification of award. List other contributors and the amount pledged and/or received and your plans for sustaining the program in the future should it be successful.
    • Evaluation – Describe how you will measure the impact of the project on participants and/or the Salem County community. Describe the specific indicators of change you will track and how often you will measure this change. If you have a Logic Model or Theory of Change, please include it. If awarded the grant, discuss how your organization will implement evaluation.

Please note: the Foundation will not fund more than 20% of a project’s total budget.

  • Budget & Budget Narrative – Download, complete and attach the Project Budget Form. Include all indirect and direct costs for the project including personnel, training, equipment, program activities and program supplies. Indirect cost allowance may be included an as Expense line item but such cost should be assigned to the Applicant Contribution column. Indirect cost should not exceed 15% of direct costs. Documentation of the indirect cost rate should be provided. You can find the form below.

    Please note: the Foundation will not fund more than 20% of an organization’s total budget.

  • Additional Materials to be Submitted
    1. Copy of current 501(c)(3) letter (if applicable)
    2. List of Board of Directors and their affiliations
    3. List of Senior Management Team, positions and years of service
    4. Staff responsible for project planning and implementation and their qualifications
    5. List contributors and amounts that have been pledged or received to support (or partially support) this project. List pending applications.
    6. Audited financial statements for 3 years
    7. Current year budget, current P&L and current Balance Sheet
  • Attachments – Please provide articles from peer-reviewed academic journals, government publications, consensus reports from professional societies and/or other reports to show that the proposed services or interventions represent the most efficacious “best practices” to deal with the needs identified in the proposal.

Grant funds may only be used for planning new projects, implementation of new services or to expand upon existing services. Grant funds may NOT be used for the following activities:

  • Student Assistance Programs (SAP’s)
  • Capital expenditures
  • Lobbying
  • Extensive and costly playground, gym or pool upgrades
  • Replacement of existing funded programs or supplanting of general fund money for any purpose.

Download these documents to assist you in completing your application.

After reading these guidelines, if you believe your
organization to be a good fit, you may apply online.