Grant Application Guidelines

The Foundation considers applications by invitation only.

Criteria of Support
The Foundation's current grantmaking focus is on supporting organizations and programs that help highly motivated youth-in-need to be ready for, access, and complete a post-secondary education. The majority of the Foundation's grants are awarded to organizations working in New York City; a portion of the support is distributed to organizations in geographic locations where current Directors live. Foundation grants may be awarded for general operating support, specific programs, and/or endowment funds. The Foundation does not make grants to individuals, for special events, or for fundraising benefits.

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 Cycles
Applications for all grant cycles are accepted by invitation only. The Foundation's upcoming grant cycles will run in Fall of 2016 and the Fall of 2017.

Grant Application Process
Please note the Foundation accepts applications by invitation only. Please do not create an account if you have not received an invitation to apply.
Please read through the 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. We encourage you to submit your application as early as possible within the grant cycle dates.

To begin the application process, you may choose to either Log On or Create New Account. After you have created your account (i.e., the next time you log on), you will use your email address and password to access your application information. The Solon E. Summerfield Foundation, Inc. will acknowledge receipt of your submitted grant application via email.

Supplementary Information

  • If funding is approved, you will be notified via email.
  • You will be required to submit a report for the funded grant.
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered.
  • 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.
  • If a site visit is considered necessary or desirable, a Foundation representative will call to schedule an interview with the principals of your organization.
  • SESF does not accept invitations to grantee fundraising events.

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