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 Environment area for multi-year funding in 2020. Please see below for the application schedule. Visit this page for guidelines.

January 13, 2020 Letters of Intent are due through the Foundation’s online application system
February 10, 2020 Invitations for full proposals will be sent by the Foundation
March 16, 2020 Full proposals due through our application system
June 2020 Board consideration and approval of final projects

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.