Grant Intent

The Suffolk Foundation is interested in engaging in charitable grant-making to benefit the people of the City of Suffolk, Virginia, and the surrounding area. It is the intent of the Suffolk Foundation to assist in maintaining and enhancing health, education, arts, culture and humanities, public and societal benefits, human needs and services, environmental and animal welfare, and youth and elderly programs in the City of Suffolk and surrounding areas through the support of qualified non-profit organizations.


GUIDELINES

Organizations that are tax-exempt under the 501(c)(3) Internal Revenue Code in Suffolk, Virginia, and surrounding communities are eligible to apply for a grant. The proposed project or program must be available to Suffolk residents. The Foundation is interested in awarding grants to nonprofit agencies enhancing the quality of life for area citizens. The Distribution Committee will be granting funds to charitable organizations that demonstrate projects planned with respect to the community’s overall needs.

Grants may be awarded in a wide range of categories, such as:

  • Human Needs
  • Arts, Culture, and Humanities
  • Education
  • Environment
  • Health

Grant applicants should keep in mind that priority is given to projects and programs which:

  1. Reach a broad section of the community, particularly those not being currently served by other resources
  2. Improve the quality of life for families and neighborhoods
  3. Provide practical approaches for dealing with current pressing community problems
  4. Promote collaboration and resource sharing among organizations
  5. Yield substantial benefits for the costs involved
  6. Meet demonstrable local capital needs
  7. Encourage matching gifts or added funding from other sources

Foundation grants and funds are not generally available for:

  1. Non tax-exempt organizations
  2. Individuals
  3. Deficit financing
  4. Debt reduction
  5. Research
  6. Event-underwriting
  7. Religious purposes
  8. Seminar/conference registration or travel
  9. Annual fund drives
  10. Hospitals and similar health-care facilities
  11. National or international organizations or purposes
  12. Ongoing operating support
  13. Projects normally the responsibility of the government
  14. Foundation grants and funds are generally not available for ongoing operational support, in particular administrative personnel costs

Responsibilities of the Grantee

  • Each grant recipient will be required to file two reports: a six month interim report due by September 1st and a final report due by December 31st.
  • Any charity accepting a grant from the Suffolk Foundation agrees, by acceptance of the grant, not to provide any benefit to anyone or any organization in exchange for the grant.
  • Grants are to be used by grantees exclusively in furtherance of charitable purposes and cannot be used for the private benefit of donors. The Foundation will investigate allegations of improper use of grant funds for the private benefit of donor-advised funds.
  • Any proposal addressing education of public school students or private school students must be accompanied by a letter of endorsement from the school superintendent or headmaster.

You may download the Requirements for Grant Application and Procedures for Applying (click link to download). Please review all three pages of this document. Please call the Foundation office if you have any questions related to the grant application process. Our number is (757) 923-9090.

Grant applications will be available September 1st and must be submitted by 3:00 PM, October 15thIf the 15th falls on a weekend, the grant application is due by 3:00 PM on the last workday prior to the 15th deadline.