Grant Application Guidelines
Nonprofit organizations based in Rockland County New York and northern New Jersey that are tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and fall within the program areas of the Foundations are welcome to submit an inquiry or proposal letter by regular mail. (Please do not send CDs, DVDs, computer discs, video tapes, or proposals unless requested.)
An initial inquiry to The Matthew Neuenhaus Foundation should include only the following items:
1. A proposal letter that briefly summarizes the history of the project, need, objectives, time period, key staff, project budget, and evaluation plan.
2. Latest annual report.
3. Latest complete audited financial statements.
4. IRS 501(c)(3) tax-exemption letter.
Funding is spread over three program areas: Education, Public Policy, and Youth athletics.
The Foundation generally does not make grants for the following purposes or program areas:
The inquiry or proposal letter can be sent to:
Matthew Neuenhaus Foundation
300 Corporate Drive
Mahwah, NJ 07430
There are no deadlines and applications may be submitted at any time during the year. Each request is reviewed by staff and will usually receive a written response within thirty days.
Those requests deemed consistent with the interests and resources of the Foundations will be evaluated further and more information will be requested. Staff may request a site visit, conference call, or meeting. All grants are reviewed and approved by the Trustee(s) at one of their board meetings.
Because of the high number of applications and the small size of our staff, we cannot meet with every grantseeker and we can only fund a small number of the many worthwhile proposals received. Our limited resources prevent us from typically funding the same organization on an ongoing annual basis.