Frequently Asked Questions

How are grants evaluated?

All grant proposals will be evaluated to ensure they conform to PCSB Community Foundation’s policies and its mission. All evaluations will be carried out in a fair and nondiscriminatory manner. The Foundation will consider supporting projects and initiatives that meet one or more of the following criteria: 

  • Directly related to Foundation priorities and areas of interest.
  • Include a strategy for leveraging other resources and support from the Community.
  • Produce cost-effective, measurable results.
  • Provide incentive and stimulation for the private and public sectors to work together in community problem solving.
  • Encourage coordination with other efforts.
  • Advance innovative and long term strategies that will address recognized needs.
  • Demonstrate an ability to be sustainable or to obtain future funding if it will be needed.
What are the requirements to apply for the grant?
  • Applicants should be 501c3 certified organizations (or other non-profit status) whose mission or impact relates to supporting the Lower Hudson Valley and its community members.
  • Awardees should also be able to demonstrate a need for financial support and a direct relevance to the Foundation’s areas of giving interest (see below).
What are the primary impact areas that PCSB Community Foundation supports?
  • Education — Nonprofit programs for primary, secondary and post-secondary schools that raise student aspirations in the Community and enhance knowledge in specific areas such as economics, communications, business and public speaking, as well as initiatives that support the education process.
  • Health and Human Services — Programs that are essential to the underlying medical care of the Community, as well as initiatives that focus on physical and mental wellness. 
  • Youth Programs — Programs that improve the quality of life for children in the Community or that foster education, learning and leadership.
  • Affordable Housing — Programs that provide, or encourage the creation of, affordable and/or low income housing in the Community.
What type of nonprofits are not eligible to apply?

The Foundation does not provide financial support for political organizations or candidates for political office or activities for sectarian purposes.

Can individuals apply?

The Foundation does not generally make contributions to individual endeavors other than scholarships.

How to apply?
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Can grant requests be made year round?
Can nonprofits submit multiple grant requests a year?
Is there a typical range of how much is awarded in a nonprofit grant?
If my grant request is approved, what is typically expected from my nonprofit organization in terms of sharing grant impact data, performance indicators, success stories, or long term tracking?
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