The Foundation considers new applications by invitation only.
Invited applications are due no later than March 15 [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 grantmaking 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
Please read through the preparatory instructions below, and then follow the link to begin the application process. Note that the Foundation only accepts electronic applications submitted via our web-based portal; if you would like to download a PDF of the application for review, you may do so here. We encourage you to submit your application as early as possible.
To begin the application process, you will be asked to Create a New Account.
After you have created your account (e.g., the next time you log on), you will use your email address and password to access your application information. The online application form will require the following information:
- Mission Statement
- Organization History
- Board Size and Participation
- Organization Challenges
- Primary Purpose of Project
- Population Impact
- Project Sustainability
- Project Support / Other Sources of Funding
- Define Success
- IRS 501(c)(3) letter
- List of Board Members
- Budgets (previous actual/projected and current projected): Project and Current Operating
- Financial Audit
- IRS Form 990