Grant Eligibility

The Foundation supports organizations with current 501(c)3 status that serve Staten Island residents. For prior grantees to be eligible, all required reports must be submitted. The Foundation supports organizations with established track records and demonstrated financial capacity. At the Board of Director’s discretion, newly established organizations or those using a fiscal conduit may be considered.


The Staten Island Foundation Board meetings are usually held in January, March, June, and September.

Grant applications must be submitted by the 1st of the month, two months prior to the appropriate Board meeting.

Applications for our January meeting are due by November 1st.
Applications for our March meeting are due by January 10th.
Applications for our June meeting are due by April 1st.
Applications for our September meeting are due by July 15th.
Please allow sufficient time before the deadline to discuss your request with Foundation staff. Applications that are presented after the deadline will be reviewed at the discretion of the Foundation.

For full instructions on how to apply, please see Application Process.

What We Fund

The Staten Island Foundation looks for projects of 501(c)3 organizations with the following characteristics:

• Projects that clearly and directly benefit the Staten Island community with measurable, long-term results
• Projects that demonstrate their commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion
• Projects that can be effectively implemented and ultimately continued without our funding
• Projects that contribute to one of the Collective Impact initiatives supported by the Foundation (click here to learn more)
The Foundation’s Board of Directors may review applications that are beyond these guidelines when, in its discretion, they believe the project goals further the mission of the Foundation.

What We Do Not Fund

  • Renovations/repairs to places of worship
  • Scholarships
  • Fundraising event sponsorships, journal ads, or yearbook ads
  • Private foundations or individuals
  • Political causes, candidates or lobbying efforts
  • Medical research
  • Cemetery associations
  • Animal welfare groups
  • Fraternal and veterans organizations
  • Business, professional and civic associations or clubs
  • Memorial fundraising
  • Tickets to events
  • Requests from solicitors on behalf of an organization (response to organizational leaders only).

After reviewing the grant guidelines, feel free to contact the Foundation if you need further assistance: