How to Apply for a Grant

The Scherman Foundation administers two grantmaking funds: the Foundation’s Core Fund and the Katharine S. and Axel G. Rosin Fund (Rosin Fund). Please use the links below to jump to the appropriate fund.

Current Grantees

Current Core and Rosin Fund grantees can submit their interim and final reports as well as renewal proposals through the online portal.

Core Fund: New Requests

New requests for support from the Scherman Foundation’s Core Fund must be made by first submitting a Letter of Intent (LOI) through the Foundation’s online application system. We encourage you to thoroughly review the funding guidelines and submission time frames for each program area, as well as our current list of grantees before submitting your request.

1. Letters of Intent

The Foundation will accept new LOIs on a rolling basis throughout the year via the online application system. Select applicants will then be invited to submit a full proposal online (see below for proposal description) to be considered at one of the Foundation’s quarterly (March, June, September, and November) Board of Directors meetings.

Instructions for LOI Submission

You may begin the online application process for either fund by clicking on the link at the bottom of this page labeled “Apply.” You will be redirected to a site where you will create an account using a valid email address and password. You will receive an email confirming that you created an account. Please keep a record of your login information, as you will need it to access your account in the future.

Please note when submitting a new Letter of Intent:

  • You must answer all questions highlighted with an asterisk. You will be unable to submit your LOI if you do not answer these questions.
  • You can save and continue your LOI at any time, by clicking the button labeled “SAVE AS DRAFT.”
  • Once you have completed your application, click the “SUBMIT FORM” button to submit the LOI to the Foundation.

LOIs for the Core Fund should be no more than three pages and include the following information:

  • Description of the organization’s mission and work
  • A brief yet compelling summary of the purpose of the request and activities to be supported

Please attach the following documents to complete the LOI:

  • The current annual organizational budget; if applicable, a total project budget
  • Present sources of support including the amounts and whether received, committed, or projected/pending
  • Current Board of Directors list with names, board positions, and affiliations
  • Biographies of senior leadership or key personnel
  • IRS 501(c)(3) Tax Determination Letter

All LOIs will receive an automatic verification of submission via email. Applicants will generally be advised within eight weeks if an LOI has been declined or invited to submit a full proposal for consideration.

2. Full Proposals

If invited to apply, your organization will be sent an electronic invitation to submit a full proposal with specific instructions for the Core Fund.

If the Foundation invites the submission of a full proposal for the Core Fund, the proposal narrative should be no more than 10 pages and should include the following information:

  • Executive Summary of Proposal
  • Background of the organization, including accomplishments and qualifications, and an explanation of why the organization is the right one to do proposed work
  • Description of your organizational or project goals
  • Strategies to be used to meet those goals with critical 1-year milestones (if a multi-year grant is requested)
  • A plan for evaluating the work (including criteria for success)

Financial information will include:

  • If appropriate, a project budget for each fiscal year for which support is requested
  • An organizational budget for the current fiscal year for which support is requested
  • The most recent audited financial statement with the auditor’s management letter, if one was provided.
  • If a gap, between audited statement and current fiscal year, an actual organizational income and expenses for gap year
  • If applicable, an actual project income and expenses for the past two years 

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Rosin Fund: New Requests

New requests for support from the Scherman Foundation’s Rosin Fund must be made by first submitting a Letter of Intent (LOI) through the Foundation’s online application system. We encourage you to thoroughly review the funding guidelines and submission time frames for each program area, as well as our current list of grantees before submitting your request.

1. Letters of Intent

The Rosin Fund will provide multi-year funding in 2018 for a limited number of innovative and high-impact projects in the Environment program area. Deadlines are to be announced in November 2017.

Instructions for LOI Submission

You may begin the online application process for either fund by clicking on the link at the bottom of this page labeled “Apply.” You will be redirected to a site where you will create an account using a valid email address and password. You will receive an email confirming that you created an account. Please keep a record of your login information, as you will need it to access your account in the future.

Please note when submitting a new Letter of Intent:

  • You must answer all questions highlighted with an asterisk. You will be unable to submit your LOI if you do not answer these questions.
  • You can save and continue your LOI at any time, by clicking the button labeled “SAVE AS DRAFT.”
  • Once you have completed your application, click the “SUBMIT FORM” button to submit the LOI to the Foundation.

LOIs for the Rosin Fund should be no more than three pages and include the following information:

  • Description of the organization’s mission and work
  • A brief yet compelling summary of the purpose of the request and activities to be supported

Please attach the following documents to complete the LOI:

  • The current annual organizational budget; if applicable, a total project budget
  • Present sources of support including the amounts and whether received, committed, or projected/pending
  • Current Board of Directors list with names, board positions, and affiliations
  • Biographies of senior leadership or key personnel
  • IRS 501(c)(3) Tax Determination Letter

All LOIs will receive an automatic verification of submission via email.

2. Full Proposals

If the Foundation invites the submission of a full proposal for the Rosin Fund, the proposal narrative should be no more than 10-15 pages and should include the following information:

  • Executive Summary of Proposal
  • Background of the organization, including accomplishments and qualifications, and an explanation of why the organization is the right one to do proposed work
  • Description of your organizational or project goals
  • Strategies to be used to meet those goals with critical 1-year milestones
  • A plan for evaluating the work, including criteria for success

Financial information will include:

  • If appropriate, a project budget for each fiscal year for which support is requested
  • An organizational budget for the current fiscal year for which support is requested
  • The most recent audited financial statement with the auditor’s management letter, if one was provided
  • If a gap between audited statement and current fiscal year, an actual organizational income and expenses for gap year
  • If applicable, an actual project income and expenses for the past two years

Please note the Foundation recognizes that some of proposal elements described above may not apply to organizations seeking funding. The proposal description above is a generalized overview to offer applicants insight into proposal process. However, the programs within each fund may have unique questions and requirements.

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