The Scherman Foundation is seeking applications for its Core Fund for Strengthening New York Communities Program.
Donor Name: The Scherman Foundation
State: New York
City: New York City
Type of Grant: Grant
Deadline (mm/dd/yyyy): Ongoing
Grant Size: $45,000
Grant Duration: 2 years
Since the Foundation’s modest beginnings, there has been a focus on challenging inequities and improving the conditions of New York City communities most in need. Although the Foundation focused on supporting charities that provided direct social services in its first five decades, its longstanding Social Welfare program was renamed Strengthening New York Communities (SNYC) in 2012, acknowledging and formalizing the ongoing shift of funding toward systemic change efforts.
As such, the Foundation’s grantmaking in the SNYC program includes a longstanding focus on funding housing justice to preserve affordable housing, as well as work that includes, but is not limited to, equitable economic development; advancing gender equity; ensuring worker rights; addressing the unique challenges faced by immigrant communities; promoting community-led sustainable development; and reform of police and carceral systems. On a more limited basis, the Foundation supports policy reform organizations working in collaboration with neighborhood-based groups to assist with community planning, policy research and analysis, and legislative and legal advocacy. The Foundation is open to high-impact litigation efforts, either as stand-alone initiatives or integrated into a comprehensive strategy.
The Foundation maintains its commitment to general operating support, especially to smaller neighborhood groups for whom the capacity to respond quickly and imaginatively to new opportunities and challenges is critical. For larger and policy-focused groups, and in the case of collaborative campaigns, project-specific support may be appropriate.
General operating and project grants are considered. Grants average $45,000 over two-years.
Core Fund Strengthening New York Communities Program will not Fund:
- Direct services
- Annual or capital campaigns
For more information, visit Communities Program.