The Richard S. Shineman Foundation is seeking applications for its Grant Program to enhance the quality of life in Oswego County. It will engage in charitable activities with integrity, honesty, and compassion, and will pursue excellence through the highest professional grantmaking standards.
The Foundation will use its resources to stimulate economic vitality, to encourage strong social bonds that strengthen the community, and to build the capacity of its not-for-profit partners.
Grants will only be given to proposals that have a focus upon:
- Arts and Culture;
- Civic Benefit;
- Health & Human Services;
- Historic Preservation;
- Economic Revitalization.
Types of Grants
Grants may be awarded for the following programs and projects
- Organizational capacity building;
- Special projects;
- New programs;
- Seed grants;
- Capital campaigns;
- Challenge grants.
- Grants proposals should focus on the following matters:
- A positive and transformative impact to the community of the proposed use of money, including long-term investments in social capital and infrastructure.
- The viability of the applicant, and the sustainability of the program.
- Clearly stated, and achievable, objectives and timeframes.
- Collaboration within the community, and the inclusion of diverse voices.
- Organizations that are located in or benefit Oswego County through specific projects or programs.
- Grants are only made to organizations that are classified as tax-exempt under 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or those that are considered exempt such as governmental subdivisions.
- No grants or loans will be made to individuals.
Grant Agreement, Follow Up and Reporting
- You will receive a grant approval email shortly after your grant is approved with payment information and instructions for completing the online Grant Acceptance Agreement.
- They will work with you to determine appropriate publicity for the grant.
- They require an online one-year follow-up report for all grants.
- Depending on your grant, they may also require a six-month interim report. Both reports must be completed online.
- The Foundation recognizes that project circumstances may change over the life of a grant, suggesting a need to modify a grant timeframe or other terms. When this occurs, a grantee is required to notify the Foundation and seek advance written approval to modify the grant terms.
- Types of Grant Modifications. Request for grant modifications considered by the Foundation include:
- Extension of the grant period to permit additional time to complete supported activities.
- Reallocation of funds from one budget category to another.
- Rollover of funds from an older Foundation grant into a newer grant awarded for a similar purpose.
Please note: Foundation staff do not regularly consider requests to alter the basic purpose of a grant or that seek to modify matching conditions. Grantees should consult with the Foundation’s executive director about any such requests, as they may require Board review and approval.
Matching Funds Payment Request
- For grants with a matching component, the Foundation’s award letter sets forth the terms of payments, including the matching ratio, the timeframe for raising matching funds, and the payment installment amounts.
- The Foundation will issue payments upon receipt of satisfactory evidence that a match, or portion of a match as specified in the award letter, has been made.
For more information, visit http://www.shinemanfoundation.org/grantmaking-policies