Foundation Guidelines

Foundation Guidelines

Priorities for Foundation Funding

Through our grant-making, we deliver solutions that empower individuals and families resulting in positive economic development and life-changing success.

The UCSB Charitable Foundation considers grants to nonprofit charitable organizations with a 501(c)(3) status that serve the LMI New Jersey communities in Union, Essex, and Middlesex counties. The foundation concentrates its grant-making around three priority areas: Education & Youth Development, Housing, and Health & Community Initiatives. Organizations must meet all the guidelines and application requirements, support the community’s needs, align with the mission of the foundation, and demonstrate a significant impact.

Geographic Area of Support

The foundation supports grants within our footprint of Union, Essex, and Middlesex counties.

Continuous and Multi-Year Funding

The Foundation requires organizations to submit proposals annually, regardless of prior funding. The Foundation awards a selected organization only one grant per year and the funds must be expended within the calendar year awarded.

Grant Cycles

The UCSB Charitable Foundation accepts grant applications from January 2nd through December 1st and submissions are reviewed on a rolling basis. Decisions are made quarterly, and applicants will be notified at the end of each quarter in which the application was submitted.

Grant Report

The Foundation requires previously funded grants to submit a Grant Report on how the funds were expended and information on the The Foundation requires previously funded grants to submit a Grant Report on how the funds were expended and information on the impact and outcomes of the grant.

Grants are not awarded to:

  • Organizations that do not have an IRS 501 (c)(3) tax exempt status
  • Fundraising events and sponsorships including tickets for events or advertising
  • Fundraising “Walk a Thons” or similar events
  • Political organizations or candidates for political office
  • Direct support to individuals
  • Private foundations
  • Programs serving individuals in areas outside our footprint
  • Organizations designed primarily to lobby
  • Summits and conferences
  • Trips and tours, including transportation
  • Organizations that discriminate based on race, ethnicity, religion, gender and national origin and all other characteristics protected by applicable federal, state, and local law
  • Capital campaigns or endowments