The Community Foundation's grant process:

Students for Charity Day of CaringStep 1
– Submit an initial Letter of Intent via email to

Step 2 – Upon approval and by invitation you will then be asked to submit a Full Grant Application

In these initial stages of the application process, the Community Foundation will accept Letters of Intent from all interested parties who meet the grant criteria.  The letter should be brief – no more than two pages – and must be a concise but thorough presentation of the need or problem identified, the proposed solution and your organization’s qualifications for implementing the solution.  Please be sure to include the amount needed or requested.  Letters of Intent will be reviewed and selected organizations will be invited to submit a Full Grant Application.


  • Be a 501(c)(3) as determined by the IRS, faith-based organization, or government entity (i.e. libraries, schools, etc.)
  • Provide services within the counties of Mercer and/or Lawrence in Pennsylvania and/or Trumbull in Ohio.
  • Be current on all final reports for grants from the Foundation; if your agency has a program currently being funded by the Foundation and your final report is not yet due, you must submit an interim report letting us know the progress of your program or project when applying for a new grant.

Step 3 – Upon receipt of a Full Grant Application, the Community Foundation will contact the applicant to inform them of the remaining steps of the application process.

Step 4 – All eligible grant applications received by the quarterly deadline will be placed on the agenda for the upcoming Board Meeting. Following the Board Meeting, applicants will be contacted and informed of the status of their grant request.

Quarterly Deadlines

First Quarter: February 15th

Second Quarter: May 15th

Third Quarter: August 15th

Fourth Quarter: November 15th