Community Services

Community Services Investment Guidelines

The Staten Island Foundation is focused on creating a vibrant, diverse community of tolerant, civically engaged neighbors where all residents, especially the least advantaged, have the resources necessary for a productive life.  We seek a community that offers strong supports and opportunities for all to make a positive contribution.  Please review the results we seek and examples of the investments we make in each of our priority focus areas below to determine if your project aligns with Staten Island Foundation’s guidelines.

        Results we seek in this priority focus area are:

  • Improvements in human services or community-based service organizations’ or schools’ effectiveness and efficiency that lead to improved results for those they serve
  • Increases in the availability and use of social services to stabilize the lives of at-risk individuals and families
  • Increases in the number of individuals and families experiencing poverty that get their basic needs met (food, clothing, shelter) and connect to other needed resources
  • Increases in the number of residents that volunteer their time and experience to better the community
  • Increases in the number of residents, particularly youth, that demonstrate their leadership skills in the community, at home, school, or in the workplace
  • Increases in the number of Staten Island residents getting and keeping jobs at a level that meets their employment goals

We make the following types of investments in this focus area:

Direct Service:

The Staten Island Foundation invests in programs and projects that are focused on improving the lives of those being served. Examples of direct service investments in this area include but are not limited to community service projects, foreclosure prevention programs, food distribution programs, food pantries, housing and shelter programs, legal services, immigration services, community development projects, senior services, volunteer programs of all types,  projects that bring greater civility, tolerance, and multicultural understanding, leadership development programs, and expansion of existing social service programs. These one year grants range from $5,000 to $50,000.

Capacity Building:

At times we believe that making an investment to support the organizations we fund so they can achieve and sustain stronger results for those they serve, is the best investment we can make. Examples of Capacity building investments in this area include but are not limited to – training and professional development in best practices or technical assistance technical assistance that helps staff deliver services more efficiently and effectively, projects focused on strategy, fundraising or other plans, especially earned income efforts, development of new programming to address local needs, community planning efforts, and civic engagement projects. These one year grants range from $5,000 to $50,000.

Capital Improvements:

At times we believe that investing in capital improvement is the best investment we can make to increase the efficiency or effectiveness in your organization. Examples of Capital Improvement investments in this area include but are not limited to rehabilitation and expansion of new or existing community based service program space or community assets,  technology expansion; and greening of existing space and assets. These grants are very limited at this time.