Applying for a Grant

The Central Susquehanna Community Foundation awards grants through established funds, each having their own purpose, timeline and geographic service area requirements. Central Susquehanna Community Foundation administers grant programs for its affiliates and funds. Grants are awarded to qualified 501(C)(3) nonprofits and governmental organizations, not individuals.

Listed below are competitive grantrounds which you may be eligible to apply for based on the following guidelines.

Requesting a Modification to a Current Grant

If your organization is a recipient or a recent applicant of a grant and you need to modify your grant, we ask that you contact us to discuss modifications during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please submit your written request via email to Christine Orlando, CSCF Senior Program Officer, at [email protected].

While we believe grant reporting is useful to understand the impact your organization is making, we will remain flexible with reporting requirements until further notice.

COVID-19 County Relief - Columbia & Montour Counties - Nonprofit Organizations

Request Deadline: September 11, 2020 (11:59pm)

The Community Foundation has partnered with Columbia and Montour Counties to administer COVID-19 County Relief Block Grant funding for nonprofit organizations. This grantround is designed to provide relief for costs incurred during the period from March 1, 2020, through December 30, 2020.

Eligibility Requirements: Any nonprofit organization (501c3 or 501c19) serving Columbia and/or Montour County; Funding requests should primarily focus on meeting the organization's needs due to loss of revenue, closures, event/fundraising cancellations, as well as other challenges.

Previous CSCF Disaster Relief Fund Grant Rounds:

Berwick Health and Wellness Fund:
Annually, January - May

Service Area: Berwick Borough, Benton Borough, Briar Creek Borough, Stillwater Borough, Benton Township, Briar Creek Township, Fishing Creek Township, Mifflin Township, North Centre Township, South Centre Township, Conyngham Borough, Nescopeck Borough, New Columbus Borough, Shickshinny Borough, Butler Township, Nescopeck Township, Salem Township, Sugarloaf Township, and Union Township

Priority Areas of Interest: Ensuring that children are healthy and ready to learn when they enter school; Promoting oral health for residents who lack access to regular dental care; Reducing the risks of cardiovascular disease through nutrition, physical activity and tobacco-free lifestyles; and Improving mental and behavioral health through community awareness, support and treatment.

Bloomsburg Area Community Foundation:
Annually, March - July

Service Area: Greater Bloomsburg Area

Priority Areas of Interest: Nonprofit organizations investing in programs and projects that benefit residents of the Bloomsburg area are encouraged to apply.

Danville Area Community Foundation:
Annually, June - August

Request Deadline: July 23, 2020

2019 Grant Recipients

Service Area: 100% of requested funding must be invested within the greater Danville Area.

Priority Areas of Interest: Charitable organizations that invest in community programs and projects are encouraged to apply. Most grant awards will range from $500 to $2,000. However, if your request for funding is for a significant project, up to $5,000 may be considered and awarded at the discretion of the DACF Board of Directors.

Selinsgrove Area Community Foundation:
Annually, January – March

Service Area: 100% of requested funding must be invested within Selinsgrove and surrounding areas.

Priority Areas of Interest: Charitable organizations that invest in community programs and projects are encouraged to apply for grant awards up to $1,000.

Sunbury Area Community Foundation:
Annually, June - October

Request Deadline: August 20, 2020

2019 Grant Recipients

Service Area: 100% of requested funding must be invested within the original Sunbury Hospital service area. This service area is also defined as the geographic area within the Shikellamy, Selinsgrove and Line Mountain School Districts.

Priority Areas of Interest: Organizations that invest in programs and projects that specifically target the following health-related goal areas are encouraged to apply: Children’s health, early childhood, oral health, issues regarding the working poor and coronary care.

Women's Giving Circle: Annually, December - March

Grantround Information Charitable organizations that invest in community programs and projects benefiting women and girls are encouraged to apply. Only 501(c)(3) nonprofit and government organizations are eligible. 100% of requested funding must be invested within the below service area.

Service Area: Lower-Luzerne, Columbia, Montour, Northumberland, Union and Snyder Counties.

Priority Areas of Interest: The Women’s Giving Circle of the CSCF empowers, connects, and inspires women and girls by supporting initiatives and resources that better their lives. Charitable organizations that invest in community programs and projects benefitting women and girls are encouraged to apply.

Youth in Philanthropy (YiP): Annually February - May

Service Area: YiP provides high school students with an opportunity to learn about philanthropy and participate in the grantmaking process. Students from school districts across the region form teams that research community needs and strengths as they relate to youth. Each team develops a portfolio for their grant investments that they determine will provide results measured in changed lives.

Priority Areas of Interest: Based on the criteria defined by each participating YiP school group.

To learn more about YiP and available grant opportunities, please visit our Youth in Philanthropy page.

Grant Recipient Requirements

Grant Publicity Guidelines

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Grant Reports

The Foundation requires all grantees to submit grant reports based on the timeline outlined in your grant contract.

The grant report requires grantees to share their successes and challenges with Foundation advisory committees. This is an important tool to measure progress and impact. In addition, reports track project outcomes, expenditures and accurate financial reporting which is required to comply with audit protocols.

Grant report questions were designed to assess the progress in specific areas outlined in the original grant application form. Therefore, it is important for grantees to refer back to their application when completing the reports.

To access your grant report, login to the grant site and view “Follow-Up Forms”.

For More Information

For more information on grant programs, contact Christine Orlando, Senior Program Officer, at [email protected].