2014 Application Deadline September 12, 2014
The Martin M. Sacks Memorial Fund was established in 1984 in memory of Martin M. Sacks, a well-known accountant and handball devotee. Mr. Sacks was committed to supporting nonprofit organizations that provide programs and services for the disadvantaged and underserved, particularly youth. Each year, the fund’s committee hosts the Martin M. Sacks Memorial Dinner to raise funds for grantmaking. This fund is administered by The Foundation for Enhancing Communities (TFEC). Grants are awarded to eligible nonprofit organizations serving the south central PA counties of Cumberland, Dauphin, or Perry.
The Martin M. Sacks Memorial Fund invites established 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations to submit proposals to support youth and family oriented programs and services that are consistent with the mission of your agency.
Eligible activities may include (but are not limited to):
• Services for homeless women and their children
• Therapeutic counseling services
• Domestic violence and abuse services
• Support groups for individuals or families
• Physical, emotional or behavioral health services
• Sports and recreation programs
• After-school programs
• Services for children/youth with special needs
The fund does not make grants to individuals or for-profit organizations. The term of the grant is for one year. The committee is interested in supporting innovative activities that directly benefit at-risk children, youth, and their families. Proposals should:
• Be innovative and not duplicate existing programs and services
• Empower the disadvantaged and underserved
• Be collaborative in nature
• Demonstrate measurable and achievable outcomes
Size of Grants
It is anticipated that approximately $6,500 will be available to grant in 2014. The average grant is $1,000.
Applicants may request review of their draft proposal narrative, budget worksheet, and program logic model by Program Department staff. These requests should be limited to two reviews before finalizing your proposals. Staff will NOT be able to honor technical assistance requests made later than one week prior to the grant submission deadline.
Submitting an Application
Prior to submitting an application, applicants are REQUIRED to call Jennifer Kuntch, Program Officer for Community Investment, at 717-236-5040 to have a preliminary discussion about your project. After discussing your project, Jennifer will provide you with a password to access the online application.
Please remember: projects may not start sooner than 12 weeks after the application deadline. Only projects with a start date of 12/05/14 or later will be considered for this round of funding.
**You will be asked for your Tax ID Number and you will not be able to access the application without it. If you will be using a Fiscal Sponsor for this project, please see below for more information.
Throughout the course of submitting your Online Application, you will be required to upload the following documents:
• Proposal Narrative*
• Program Logic Model*
• Budget Worksheet*
• Board of Directors List: You must include professional affiliations (i.e. current work position)
• Your most recent audit or financial statement
• IRS 501(c)(3) determination letter
*Templates are available for download for the Proposal Narrative, Program Logic Model, and Budget Worksheet on the Attachments Page of the Online Application. You must use TFEC's templates for all three documents. Failure to use TFEC's templates will cause your application to be incomplete and incorrect and your application will be eliminated from consideration.
In conjunction with submitting your completed application online, please mail or hand deliver the following:
• Checklist & Signature page with original signatures*
• Two letters of support with original signatures*
• If you have indicated Collaboration with other Agencies, include letters with original signatures* documenting the nature of the collaboration.**
*Original Signatures are required. Scanned or copied signatures will not be accepted. Failure to submit original signatures where required will cause your application to be incomplete and incorrect and your application will be eliminated from consideration.
**Letters documenting the nature of Collaboration are required for all projects indicating collaboration with other agencies. You should include one (1) letter from each agency indicated in your Proposal Narrative. Failure to submit letters indicating the nature of collaboration will cause your application to be incomplete and incorrect and your application will be eliminated from consideration.
Materials such as brochures, photos, newspaper articles and the like should not be included with the application materials. Materials should be bound together with a paper clip only and should not be submitted in individual folders or binders of any sort. Please do not submit hard copies of materials that are required to be submitted electronically.
Please note, nonprofit organizations with current grant awards from TFEC who are non-compliant with submission of grant evaluations in a timely manner may have subsequent grant applications denied.
Failure to follow the steps outlined in the Grant Guidelines may cause your application to be rejected.
All application materials (both online and mailed or hand delivered) are due by 4:00pm on the proposal deadline. The online application will no longer be available after 4:00pm on the proposal deadline. All applications MUST be submitted prior to this time.
Materials required to be mailed or hand delivered (checklist & signature page with original signatures; two letters of support with original signatures; and letters of collaboration) must be received, not postmarked, by 4:00pm on the proposal deadline. These items should be mailed or hand delivered to:
The Foundation for Enhancing Communities
Attn: Jennifer Kuntch, Program Officer for Community Investment
200 N. 3rd Street, 8th Floor
PO Box 678
Harrisburg, PA 17108-0678
If you will be using a Fiscal Sponsor for this project, please have that organization's Tax ID Number ready when accessing the application.
On the “Application Information” page of the Online Application, you will be required to enter additional information regarding the organization who is acting as your Fiscal Sponsor. Name and contact information should be for the Executive Leader of the organization who is acting as your Fiscal Sponsor.
Your organization is the applicant organization and all other questions on the application should include information relating to your organization and not the organization who is acting as your Fiscal Sponsor.
When uploading documents on the "Attachments" page of the Online Application:
• Upload the IRS 501(c)(3) determination letter of your Fiscal Sponsor.
• If applicable, upload the Board of Directors List for both your organization and your Fiscal Sponsor.
• If applicable, upload the most recent audit or financial statement from both your organization and your Fiscal Sponsor.
Your application should also include a letter signed by the Executive Leader of the organization who is acting as your Fiscal Sponsor indicating their agreement to act as your Fiscal Sponsor. An original signature is required. The letter should be mailed along with Letters of Support and Collaboration.
The organization acting as your Fiscal Sponsor will receive notification of whether or not a grant has been awarded; if a grant is awarded they will be required to execute the Grant Agreement; and the grant funds will be sent to the Fiscal Sponsor to be allocated to your organization appropriately. Your Fiscal Sponsor will be responsible for ensuring the funds are used as indicated in the original proposal and/or grant agreement.
After you have discussed your project with Jennifer, please click below for the application:
The Martin M. Sacks Memorial Fund Grant Application
You can Save and Finish Later at any time during the application process. But remember, you must submit the finished application prior to the deadline! If you have already started your application but have not yet submitted it, please click here to log in to your account and resume where you left off.
Frequently Asked Questions
Click here for step by step instructions on how to apply using the new online application system.
Contact Jennifer Kuntch, Program Officer for Community Investment