Making a Lasting Impact in the Salem Area

The Foundation makes grants to 501(c)(3) organizations that are currently registered as a State of Ohio charitable organization with the State of Ohio Attorney General's office.  Grant applicants must serve people in the Salem area, have an IRS 501(c)(3) designation, and support the areas of arts and humanities, health and human services, public and community services, and education.  Grants are provided through endowment funds and support a broad range of needs.


Application For Financial Assistance

The Salem Community Foundation is currently accepting Grant Applications for Financial Assistance.

Please call Brittany M. Maniscalco, Chief Operating Officer,
at the Salem Community Foundation office - 330-332-4021 - before filling out the required Grant Application.  


 Due date is December 1, 2023 for the January 4, 2024 Grant Screening Committee Meeting. 

 Due date is March 1, 2024 for the March 21, 2024 Grant Screening Committee Meeting.  

Due date is June 1, 2024 for the June 27, 2024 Grant Screening Committee Meeting.  

Due date is September 1, 2024 for the September 26, 2024 Grant Screening Committee Meeting.  


Click HERE for Grant Application (Adobe PDF Document)






  • Students must be pursuing an associate or first bachelor degree to receive the Kent State Salem Campus Tuition Grant.
  • Salem Campus students receive a 20% tuition grant award if they are permanent residents in Salem City, West Branch, South Range, United and Leetonia Village School Districts.
  • The deadline to apply for the SCF Tuition Grant Program for Spring 2024 is Friday, January 26, 2024.
  • Tuition Grant Application:
  • Since 2004, over 2,700 students have received the Salem Community Foundation's Kent State Salem Campus Tuition Grant!
  • Since the Tuition Grant began in 1998, over $1,2 million has been awarded to Salem Campus students!



  • United Way Services of Northern Columbiana County - Supporting Agencies in Northern Columbiana County, $80,000
  • The Brightside Project - Back to School Clothing and Shoe Program for Children Living in the Salem City School District, $70,000
  • Salem Parks & Recreation - Fitness Circuit at Waterworth Memorial Park, $41,000
  • Salem Community Pantry – Renovation and security measures, $32,633
  • Perry Township Police Department - Computer Equipment, AEDs, Radios and Body Cameras, $30,000
  • Kent State Salem Campus - Rural Scholars Program, $19,500
  • Salem High School Band - Band Uniforms and Uniform Bags, $13,000
  • Junior Achievement - Programs at Buckeye and Southeast Schools, $12,000
  • The ROC of Salem - New Building Roof, $30,000
  • Salem Community Pantry - Building Updates and Renovations, 39,914



  • Salem Community Pantry - Computer System, Personal Hygiene Items, Turkeys, and Canned Goods.
  • Salem Police Department - Surveillance Camera Monitor, Educational Toys, and Books for "Stuff A Cruiser"
  • Salem Salvation Army - Educational Toys, Books, and Stocking Caps for Local Children
  • Salem Public Library - Role-playing Items for the Children's Department and NoveList Computer Program
  • Salem High School - Art Display Boards, Art Supplies, Scholastic Book Sets for English Classrooms, Library Books, and Hygiene Products for "Quaker Closet"
  • Buckeye Elementary School - Scholastic News Nonfiction Books ~ Animals, Weather, American Symbols, & Community Leaders, Library Books, Sno Cone Machine, and Winter Stocking Caps
  • Reilly and Southeast School - Gym Equipment, Field Trip to the Salem Community Theatre to see the play, "Aladdin" and Quaker Reward Closet Items
  • St. Paul School - Gym Equipment, Scholastic News Nonfiction Books ~ American Symbols, & Community Leaders Books, and Winter Stocking Caps




Funding Information

The Salem Community Foundation is interested in funding organizations that can demonstrate that they have planned their projects with respect to the community's overall needs.


Priority is given to projects that:

  • Reach a broad segment of the community that utilizes innovative programs aimed at meeting community needs
  • Encourage efforts to promote, coordinate, and cooperate with other organizations to provide for more efficient use of community resources and avoid duplication of services
  • Assist organization's whose needs are not currently being met
  • Enhance or improve an organization's self-sufficiency or efficiency
  • Encourage matching gifts from the community members and / or other organizations
  • Reflect a Salem community-wide effort of assisting the disadvantaged or disabled through self-help activities
  • Need the last dollar to make the organization's vision become a reality


The Salem Community Foundation does not, unless designated by the donor, usually make grants:

  • To individuals
  • For religious purposes
  • To support operating budgets of established organizations or programs
  • To reduce budget deficits
  • For endowments
  • For conferences, scholarly research, or projects that are normally the responsibility of the organization
  • To federal agencies
  • To an organization which has not yet been determined to be tax-exempt


Salem Community Foundation  ·  Serving the Salem Area Since 1966