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An Overview of Grantmaking at LICF

The LICF makes grants in Nassau and Suffolk Counties to nonprofits large and small, to those we've worked with over the years and those who are new to us. We are committed to sticking with significant issues that don't lend themselves to quick or easy solutions, and look for projects that take fresh approaches to long-standing issues and that tackle emerging problems and opportunities. Please read carefully, as some of our guidelines have changed.

In our grantmaking decisions, we favor projects that:

  1. Have clearly defined and measurable outcomes with specific plans to achieve and document results in a specified time period
  2. Are led by organizations that have the capacity to achieve desired results and demonstrate commitment to diversity
  3. Demonstrate the potential for local or regional impact that are scalable or can be replicated
  4. Address gaps in current service or program models
  5. Demonstrate solutions that address root causes of problems
  6. Demonstrate collaboration and partnership for greater impact
  7. Demonstrate strong community leadership, engagement, and cultural competence
  8. Employ effective best practice strategies
  9. Serve low-income, underserved, or special needs populations
  10. Have the potential to leverage additional dollars
  11. Have the potential to favorably increase visibility of the LICF and our donors

LICF will fund projects in the following areas:


  • Have clearly defined and measurable outcomes with specific plans to achieve and document results in a specified time period
  • Are led by organizations that have the capacity to achieve desired results and demonstrate commitment to diversity
  • Demonstrate the potential for local or regional impact that are scalable or can be replicated
  • Address gaps in current service or program models
  • Demonstrate solutions that address root causes of problems
  • Demonstrate collaboration and partnership for greater impact
  • Demonstrate strong community leadership, engagement, and cultural competence
  • Employ effective best practice strategies
  • Serve low-income, underserved, or special needs populations
  • Have the potential to leverage additional dollars
  • Have the potential to favorably increase visibility of the LICF and our donors
  • Have clearly defined and measurable outcomes with specific plans to achieve and document results in a specified time period
  • Are led by organizations that have the capacity to achieve desired results and demonstrate commitment to diversity
  • Demonstrate the potential for local or regional impact that are scalable or can be replicated
  • Address gaps in current service or program models
  • Demonstrate solutions that address root causes of problems
  • Demonstrate collaboration and partnership for greater impact
  • Demonstrate strong community leadership, engagement, and cultural competence
  • Employ effective best practice strategies
  • Serve low-income, underserved, or special needs populations
  • Have the potential to leverage additional dollars
  • Have the potential to favorably increase visibility of the LICF and our donors
  • Program Goal: To integrate the arts in community development, civic engagement, and social change

    We fund projects that:

    • Revitalize and strengthen communities through economic development
    • Use the arts to engage residents in community problem solving and/or advocating for social change

    Program Goal: To expand quality affordable housing opportunities for all Long Islanders

    We fund projects that:

    • Advance local and statewide policies and practices that promote safe and decent affordable housing options and protect against displacement
    • Preserve and create multifamily housing for low-to moderate-income families and individuals
    • Build local support for affordable housing developments
    • Ensure public investments targeted to community development align with fair housing laws

    Program Goal: To prepare students for success in college and the workforce

    We fund projects that:

    • Build and mobilize public will for greater equity and quality in Long Island’s school districts
    • Introduce effective in-school and out of school programs known to improve student performance including academic enrichment (especially in science, technology, engineering, arts, and math); college and career readiness; social and emotional learning; and training for educators
    • Increase accountability and transparency of school administrations to parents and students
    • Expand innovative strategies and partnerships for improving low performing middle and high schools

    Program Goal: To protect and preserve Long Island’s natural resources, healthy ecosystems and public health

    We fund projects that:

    • Promote sustainable land use, land management, and transportation alternatives
    • Support and strengthen open space and farmland preservation efforts
    • Improve and protect the health of the region’s bodies of water
    • Protect drinking water quality
    • Preserve biological diversity through habitat conservation and protection
    • Minimize climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions through the development of alternative energy sources and energy conservation, research and public education 


    Note: LICF does not fund environmental youth education programs

    LICF’s health grants are primarily for hospitals. Proposals are accepted once a year.

    Program Goal: To improve the effectiveness, responsiveness, and equity of healthcare for marginalized and underserved communities and populations.

    We fund projects that:

    • Address existing health disparities and improve access to quality healthcare
    • In Nassau County, only hospitals are eligible to apply
    • In Suffolk County, hospitals and other health care facilities are eligible to apply


    Program Goal: To improve the effectiveness, responsiveness,and equity of mental health services for veterans

    We fund projects that:

    • Address the mental health needs of veterans and their families
    • Raise awareness and respond to the unique needs of women veterans
    • Facilitate connection to social and legal services for veterans with mental health issues


    Program Goal: To reduce or alleviate hunger on Long Island

    We fund projects that:

    • Increase food access for vulnerable populations
    • Facilitate connection to social services and other programs (including entitlements, etc.) and/or address root causes of hunger
    • Increase participation of eligible youth in free school breakfast and lunch programs


    Program Goal: To strengthen the capacity of nonprofit organizations to achieve greater community impact

    We fund projects that:

    • Increase the organizational aptitude of nonprofits
    • Promote sector-wide best practices and organizational efficiencies
    • Ensure diverse leadership in the nonprofit sector
    • Foster mergers or consolidations to better serve communities


    Program Goal: To advance the well-being and economic self-sufficiency of at risk youth (up to 24 years of age)

    We fund projects that:

    • Expand opportunities for positive youth development and leadership
    • Increase access to employment opportunities
    • Reduce school suspensions and incarceration
    • Support adolescent mental health and addiction treatment


    The LICF also manages two funds administered through a competitive grantmaking process:


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