Grant Application Guidelines


The Foundation considers new applications by invitation only.

Application Deadlines

Invited applications: no later than February 28 [for Spring grant cycle] or July 30 [for Fall grant cycle]

Awards are made in June and November.

Criteria of Support

In addition to the mandated grants required to be disbursed each year by the Foundation, grants to other organizations may be awarded for general operating support and for specific programs, capital campaigns and endowment funds. The Foundation does not make grants to individuals, for special events, or for fundraising benefits. The grant making currently highlights five program areas and a dedicated program to endowment funds; general grant categories have been allocated as follows:


The Foundation awards grants only to nonprofit, charitable organizations designated as exempt from income taxes under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and identified by the IRS as a public charity and whose activities and programs are compatible with the mission and objectives of the Solon E. Summerfield Foundation.

Grant Application Process

  1. Follow the link to begin the application process We encourage you to submit your application as early as possible.



Supplementary Information

  1. If funding is approved, you will be notified.
  2. You will be required to submit a report and self-evaluation for the funded grant.
  3. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
  4. The Foundation is to be notified if the funding goal has been reached prior to the Foundation's decision, or if the project has been cancelled.
  5. If a site visit is considered necessary or desirable, a Foundation representative will call to schedule an interview with the principals of your organization.

Note: Inclusion on the list of recipients for any particular year is not a guarantee of either future funding or funding at the same level of a previous grant. Invitation to submit an application is not a funding guarantee.

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