Grantmaking Programs and Guidelines

The Scherman Foundation administers two grantmaking funds: the Foundation’s Core Fund and the Katharine S. and Axel G. Rosin Fund (Rosin Fund).

Core Fund

The Foundation’s Core Fund will accept Letters of Intent (LOIs) through the Foundation’s online application system for each program on a rolling basis throughout the year. Select applicants will then be invited to submit a full proposal online to be considered at one of the Foundation’s quarterly Board of Directors meetings.

Rosin Fund

The Rosin Fund is now accepting letters of intent from a limited number of innovative and high-impact projects in the areas of Arts and Strengthening New York Communities for multi-year funding in 2019. Funding will resume for its Environment program in 2020. Please see below for the current  application schedule. Visit this page for guidelines.

January 9, 2019 Letters of Intent are due through the Foundation’s online application system
February 4, 2019 Invitations for full proposals will be sent by the Foundation
March 11, 2019 Full proposals due through our application system
June 2019 Board consideration and approval of final project

In large part, the Rosin Fund’s programs build off the Foundation’s extensive grantmaking and field expertise of its Core Fund, specifically in the areas of Arts, Environment, and Strengthening New York Communities. The size and type of grants offered by each fund is significantly different. The Rosin Fund will only make a few larger, project-specific grants per year.

Please note that all applicants must be exempt from income taxes under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The guidelines for each program area within the funds provide further detail about the average size of grants and specific funding restrictions.