Making an investment in tomorrow, today...

Before You Apply

  • The best way to get a good idea of what we are currently funding is to examine each program area for an overview of our funding goals and priorities. We also invite you to take a look at our 2014 grants to see what organizations and projects we have funded.
  • Although we will occasionally make a larger grant, most grants fall into the $15,000 - $25,000 range.
  • Grants are made for one year at a time; proposals submitted for renewed funding are reviewed on a case by case basis, but only after a final report on the use of the previous grant has been received and approved by LICF staff. In most instances, no more than two renewals will be considered.
  • In our grantmaking decisions, we favor:
  1. Have clearly defined and measurable outcomes with specific plans to achieve and document results in a specified time period
  2. Are led by organizations that have the capacity to achieve desired results and demonstrate commitment to diversity
  3. Demonstrate the potential for local or regional impact that are scalable or can be replicated
  4. Address gaps in current service or program models
  5. Demonstrate solutions that address root causes of problems
  6. Demonstrate collaboration and partnership for greater impact
  7. Demonstrate strong community leadership, engagement, and cultural competence
  8. Employ effective best practice strategies
  9. Serve low-income, underserved, or special needs populations
  10. Have the potential to leverage additional dollars
  11. Have the potential to favorably increase visibility of the LICF and our donors

LICF does not make grants...

  1. To individuals
  2. For building or capital campaigns
  3. For medical or scientific research
  4. For budget deficits
  5. For endowments
  6. For event sponsorships
  7. For re-granting purposes
  8. For religious or political purposes
  9. Institutions that discriminate on the basis of race, creed, gender,national origin, age, disability or sexual orientation, in policy or in practice.

Who Can Apply...

We make grants primarily to nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organizations located in Nassau and Suffolk Counties. Organizations that are not a 501(c)(3) or whose 501(c)(3) status is pending are required to have a Fiscal Sponsor.

NOTE: These guidelines do not apply to the grants made from our donor-advised, designated, or scholarship funds.

When Can I Apply ... Application Deadlines

Grant applications are only accepted three times throughout one year. Click here for 2015 application downloads.

How Do I Apply...

Applicants should begin by reading An Overview of Grantmaking at LICF and the program area descriptions. If after reading these materials, you believe that your proposed project meets our criteria, the next step is to read the Grant Application Instructions.

What Happens After I Apply...

During the review process, LICF program staff will analyze your proposal and determine if and how it fits into our grantmaking program. We will contact you if we have further questions or need more information.

LICF welcomes your application, but because we cannot possibly fund every one of the hundreds of proposals that come to our attention, we urge you to send yours to several other funders as well.

Award and Reporting Requirements...

  • If your proposal is approved, your organization will receive a Letter of Agreement outlining the terms and conditions of the grant.
  • If there is a Fiscal Sponsor organization, they will also receive a Letter of Agreement.
  • Payment of the grant will be made within approximately 4-6 weeks after we receive your signed Letter of Agreement.
  • If awarded, you will be required to submit a Final Report.  The due date will be prominently noted in your award letter. Failure to submit a timely report will render your organization ineligible for future funding.

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