Areas of Interest

The Summit Foundation supports a thriving local nonprofit sector that collaborates and innovates to find solutions.

We strategically direct funds through competitive grant cycles and a rigorous process of due diligence aimed at creating positive impact on the lives of community members.

Our grantmaking supports, but is not limited to, programs and initiatives aimed at:

  • Civic and community resource development
  • Children and adults with disabilities
  • College scholarships
  • Cultural programs and the arts
  • Educational programs for all ages
  • Food and housing security
  • Health and medical care
  • Public space improvement and conservation
  • Senior care and life-enrichment programming


Organizations that are welcome to apply for a grant:

  • Tax exempt organizations
  • Summit area-based organizations that provide a major portion of their services to area residents
  • Organizations based outside the Summit area that demonstrate a significant portion of the program or project is related to area residents
  • Governmental entities or school districts that provide a letter of endorsement from the chief administrative officer or superintendent, respectively, stating that the proposal is of value to the entity or school district

Applying for a Grant

Grant applications are reviewed in two cycles each year with grant funds awarded in the months of June and December. In each cycle, grants committee members read and review each application. The committee meets to discuss and determine the proposals that best meet the Foundation’s guidelines and mission. The grants committee presents recommendations to the board for revision and/or approval. All applicants receive written notification by the end of June or December.

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