Robert Sterling Clark Foundation

Apply

Grants

Please submit a recent grant application that represents your organization well, and reflects our funding interests. Feel free to share one that you’ve used to apply to another funder.  

As part of the submission we ask for your IRS determination letter and  your most recent audited financial statements.

Our approach reflects our desire for your organization to keep the focus on your work, serving constituents and the community—instead of spending an inordinate amount of time creating grant applications. We consider it our responsibility to learn more about your organization and the possible alignment of our interests. This approach is rooted in a philosophy of trust-based philanthropy.

Toward a Vibrant and Equitable New York City
An Overview of RSCF’s Grantmaking

 
NYC SOCIAL CHANGE LEADERS     Investing in Diverse NYC leaders    Our funding supports nonprofit organizations that utilize a cohort-based model for investing in the development of diverse New York City leaders.  Criteria for these grants include:  •A focus on social change leaders in NYC (across issues/strategies).  •Cohorts that include leaders from multiple organizations.  •Multi-session cohorts that meet over time (sustained).  •Cohorts that have operated for at least 1 year.  •NYC grantees are invited to participate in a learning community   with other grantees.

NYC SOCIAL CHANGE LEADERS

Investing in Diverse NYC leaders

Our funding supports nonprofit organizations that utilize a cohort-based model for investing in the development of diverse New York City leaders.

Criteria for these grants include:

•A focus on social change leaders in NYC (across issues/strategies).

•Cohorts that include leaders from multiple organizations.

•Multi-session cohorts that meet over time (sustained).

•Cohorts that have operated for at least 1 year.

•NYC grantees are invited to participate in a learning community with other grantees.

LEADERSHIP FIELD BUILDING     Making the case for investing in diverse leaders    While most of our grantmaking is NYC-focused, our funding goes to nonprofits in the US that help make the case for investing in diverse leaders.  Criteria for these grants include:  •A demonstrated track record in one or more of the following areas: conducting leadership development research, developing promising leadership program models, and/or experimenting with leadership program practices.  •Grantees are invited to share data and models with RSCF’s NYC grantees.

LEADERSHIP FIELD BUILDING

Making the case for investing in diverse leaders

While most of our grantmaking is NYC-focused, our funding goes to nonprofits in the US that help make the case for investing in diverse leaders.

Criteria for these grants include:

•A demonstrated track record in one or more of the following areas: conducting leadership development research, developing promising leadership program models, and/or experimenting with leadership program practices.

•Grantees are invited to share data and models with RSCF’s NYC grantees.

INFLUENCING PHILANTHROPY     Collaborating to promote equity- and trust-based approaches    INFLUENCING PHILANTHROPY  In addition to our leadership-focused grantmaking, we invest about 10% of our funding in philanthropy collaboratives that influence funder practice.  Criteria for these grants include:  •Efforts in areas aligned with   RSCF values  , such as equity- and trust-based philanthropy.

INFLUENCING PHILANTHROPY

Collaborating to promote equity- and trust-based approaches

In addition to our leadership-focused grantmaking, we invest about 10% of our funding in philanthropy collaboratives that influence funder practice.

Criteria for these grants include:

•Efforts in areas aligned with RSCF values, such as equity- and trust-based philanthropy.

Sterling Network

We are looking for a diverse and dynamic group of applicants who are:

  • Change makers who understand that no matter how effective their own organizations are, addressing and resolving New York City’s challenging issues—including those around economic mobility—require creative collaboration across the private, public, and social sectors;

  • Boundary crossers who thrive on unlikely alliances and have the ability to get things done;

  • Hungry learners who want to dig deep to understand their city and learn new approaches for long-term systems change; and

  • Decision-makers with a history of organizational leadership and experience in New York City

At the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation, we believe that poverty and inequity are at the heart of the challenges we face not only locally, but also a nation and a global society.

Those of us committed to addressing poverty-related issues, and to increasing economic mobility for low- and middle-income New Yorkers, come to the work from many angles.

Sterling Network NYC seeks to bring together leaders who have different work styles, perspectives, lived experiences, and personal and professional backgrounds, who will collaborate to develop new approaches and solutions.