I just started a nonprofit organization. May I apply for a grant?
Yes. You may apply for a Good Samaritan grant. If your application is approved, the Foundation may require a fiscal sponsor. More information is available in Grant Opportunities.

After I submit a Letter of Inquiry (LOI), when can I expect to hear from you?
We will respond within two weeks.

What if a Letter of Inquiry (LOI) or application due date falls on a weekend or holiday?
If the due date falls on a weekend or holiday, the LOI and/or application may be submitted on the following Monday.

What time does my Letter of Inquiry (LOI) or application need to be submitted?
Any time before 11:59 p.m. on the due date is acceptable.

What questions are asked on the Letter of Inquiry (LOI) and application forms?
Please see the LOI questions and grant application questions on the Resource page.

Does the Foundation staff meet with applicants to discuss potential projects or proposals?
The staff does not typically meet with potential applicants until after a formal application has been submitted. Submitting a LOI allows our staff to determine whether your project aligns with the Foundation’s mission and is eligible to be considered for funding. Once a LOI is approved, a full application will be requested and a site or office visit will then be scheduled with Foundation staff. If you have technical questions at any time during the application process, please contact Anne Savastano at asavastano@scfcanton.org or at (330) 454-5800, ext. 304.

How much should I request?
Good Samaritan grants have a $10,000 limit. Responsive grants do not have a limit; their amounts are based on a range of factors. Budget considerations include:
1. Is this a reasonable cost for the proposed project?
2. Is the project budget proportional to the total organizational budget?
3. Are there other funding sources that could cover all or part of this project?

What happens after I submit my application?
1. Our grants manager will contact you within two weeks to schedule a site visit with our staff.
2. After the site visit, Foundation staff produce a written summary. The proposal and summary are given to the Foundation’s distribution committee to determine funding recommendations.
3. The distribution committee presents its recommendations to the full Board of Directors at the Board’s quarterly meeting, and the Board votes on whether to fund the request and at what level.
4. You will be notified of the Board’s decision after their vote.

If my organization’s application is declined, can we re-apply for future funding?
Yes, you may resubmit an LOI at any time.

If my organization is awarded a grant, when can we re-apply for future funding?
You may apply for another grant to begin when the current grant period ends. Please note that continued funding is not guaranteed.