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Rosin Fund

Grants to New York City Nonprofits for Projects that Support
the Arts, Environment, and Community Development

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

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The Scherman Foundation - Katharine S. and Axel G. Rosin Fund

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Deadline Date:

03/16/20 - For proposals focusing on Environment


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Grants to New York City nonprofit organizations for short-term, innovative, impactful projects in the areas of environment, the arts, and community development. A Letter of Intent is required prior to submission of the full proposal. While arts and community related projects will serve City residents, environmental programs may have a domestic or international focus.

  • Environment: The Rosin Fund’s Environment Program will fund a limited number of innovative, short-term and high-impact projects that address critical environmental issues within the Program’s scope of interest. Topic areas include Urban Sustainability and Sustainable Drinking Water. For details, see
  • Arts: The Rosin Fund’s Arts Program will support a limited number of innovative, short-term and high-impact projects that support and strengthen the city’s performing, visual, and literary arts fields. For details, see
  • Strengthening NY Communities: The Rosin Fund will support a limited number of innovative, short-term, and high-impact projects that address the critical needs of low and moderate-income neighborhoods. For details, see

For Environment requests, there is additional guidance on suggested elements for a successful proposal. For more details, see the Supporting Documents field below.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 166500

Estimated Size of Grant:

Art and Environment Grants will range between $100,000 and $250,000 per year, with the possibility of larger grants for extraordinary opportunities.

Strengthening NY Communities Grants will range between $100,000 and $150,000 per year, with the possibility of larger grants up to $250,000 for extraordinary opportunities.

Term of Contract:

The Rosin Fund is accepting proposals for multi-year funding. Grants cover a period of one to three years.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

All applicants must be exempt from income taxes under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

Rosin Fund – Environment:

Projects may be focused internationally or domestically. Applicant organizations should demonstrate the ability to manage projects of the proposed size and complexity, as well as a commitment to the specific proposed project within any larger agenda. Proposals that seek to leverage Rosin Fund support with additional funds, as well as proposals that identify collaborative opportunities spanning multiple organizations, are welcome and encouraged.

Rosin Fund – Arts:

The Foundation will consider applications from art service organizations (ASOs) defined by geography or by creative discipline, including organizations focused on more than one discipline.

It will also consider collaborative projects that include ASOs and other arts organizations. While presenting and producing organizations are not categorically excluded, the presenter must have, as a significant organizational goal, the development of, and service to, a defined artistic field. Further, those efforts must be the primary focus of the proposed project.

Rosin Fund Arts Program will not fund:

- Individual productions
- Projects focused on arts education
- Projects outside New York City

Rosin Fund – Strengthening NY Communities:

The RF SNYC will consider applications from:
- Neighborhood-based groups using community organizing and advocacy to pursue social and economic equity goals and to achieve systematic change.
- Research and policy reform organizations that are engaged in targeted advocacy efforts involving grassroots leaders and activists, genuinely integrating them into decision-making.
- A single community-based organization, or a collaborative campaign involving multiple partners, including policy, planning, legal, and research groups. This could also include organizational partners in other parts of the state that will have a direct impact in New York City.
- Direct service organizations that are seeking to use organizing and advocacy to leverage their service activities to create policy and systematic change.
- An organization needing early funding to launch a project that has the potential to leverage other funding sources, as well as projects that have current support.

RF SNYC will not fund:
- Direct service
- Research and publications not directly linked to policy outcomes
- Projects focused outside New York City

Pre-Application Information:

The Rosin Fund is now accepting letters of intent for projects in the Environment area.

New requests for support from the Scherman Foundation’s Rosin Fund must be made by first submitting a Letter of Intent (LOI) through the Foundation’s online application system.

- January 13, 2020: Letters of Intent are due through the Foundation’s online application system
- February 10, 2020: Invitations for full proposals will be sent by the Foundation
- March 16, 2020: Full proposals due through our application system
- June 2020: Board consideration and approval of final projects

How to apply:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Submit an LOI:

Naiche Parker, Grants Manager

The Scherman Foundation
16 East 52nd Street, Suite 601
New York, NY 10022
tel 212-832-3086 | fax 212-838-0154

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Geographic Focus:

USA: New York City;   New York