Jeannette F. Schlobach Grant Program

The Jeannette F. Schlobach grant program is open to nonprofit organizations serving residents of Dutchess County, New York who are impacted by poverty.
Organizations involved in providing programs and services to individuals, families and their pets to support and improve economic stability, health and educational opportunities, are encouraged to apply.
This may include, but not be limited to organizations providing:

  • comprehensive case management services, including those that work to increase access to public benefits and community resources
  • homeless prevention and affordable housing services,
  • educational opportunities, job readiness and job training services to youth and adults,
  • access to critical health services for individuals and children; and
  • access to low-cost services to family pets, etc.
The Community Foundations’ goal is to support programs that have proven to be effective, demonstrate increasing demand, and to encourage and support innovative solutions to those facing economic adversity.
The following organizations are eligible to apply for grants:
  • Tax exempt nonprofit organizations located in Dutchess County, New York
Please note that grants are not given to support:
  • Individuals
  • Debt reduction
  • Underwriting of special fundraising events
  • Travel and lodging expenses
  • Shipping expenses related to the purchase of equipment
  • Ongoing expenses such as rent and lease costs
  • Fundraising campaigns, such as endowment, capital or annual campaigns
  • Projects related to partisan politics or elections
  • Religious organizations.  However, grants may be made to support non-religious programs provided through these institutions
  • Expenses that have occurred prior to the expected announcement dates of the grant awards
Funding focus:
The Foundations will focus its grant making on applications that address the following funding priorities:
  • Support for the expansion of existing programs and services that are proven effective in assisting individuals and families improve their economic stability, health and educational access and opportunity;
  • Equipment and capital support (i.e. small to mid-scale renovations) to improve organizational infrastructure and enhance capacity to deliver services;
  • New program pilots may be considered if organizations demonstrate the capacity to effectively carry out the program and sustain it beyond initial funding; and,
  • Requests that meet the above criteria and leverage existing resources and additional funding sources are encouraged.

Important: This grant program is intended to support organizations in achieving enhanced impact. Requests should be structured to demonstrate how a single grant from this program will grow and improve your programs. Annual funding should not be anticipated.
funding available:
It is anticipated that $100,000 will be available to grant this year. Multiple grants will be awarded. One application cycle will be offered annually in the fall.
Grants made through this program will not exceed $20,000.

Application: Online grant application. Click here to access the Grants Portal.

Applications open September 1st and must be submitted by December 15th.    Grant awards are announced in February.  

Applicants are encouraged to review the grants guidelines carefully and may contact the Community Foundations if they have questions. 
Contact Cristin McPeake, Director of Programs, at (845) 452-3077 or
Review Criteria:
Each application will be reviewed based on the following criteria:
  • Quality of Program/Project: Does the organization adequately describe the program/project and what it wants to accomplish? Does the organization present a clear and realistic plan for implementation, complete with specific activities and a timeline?
  • Capacity and Stability of the Organization: Does the organization appear to have the capacity to carry out the proposed work? Do they have previous experience with this type of program/project or do they demonstrate previous organizational or leadership accomplishments? Does the organization appear to be functionally and financially stable?
  • Budget and Additional Support: Is the program/project budget clear and realistic? If this is an ongoing program/project, is there a reasonable plan for future funding? Is there evidence of support from other funders, or in-kind support for projects that require significant financial support?
  • Impact/ Results: How will this program/project make a difference to the target population and/or to the broader community? How significant is the program/project? Will the outcome be finite or of broad impact to the community? Will it provide a one-time benefit or a long-term impact? Is the program "change-oriented", addressing root causes rather than immediate needs?
  • Reaction & Perceptions: Is there a sense of excitement or intrigue about this program/project? How important or timely is the issue the program/project addresses? What is the ripple effect of funding or not funding?

Review Process:
All applications will be rated on these criteria and reviewed by the Dutchess Advisory Board of the Community Foundations.  This Board is comprised of community members representing all areas of Dutchess County.  All recommendations made by the Dutchess Advisory Board are then reviewed, approved or declined by the Board of Trustees of the Community Foundations.

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