The Montclair Foundation provides grants bi-annually to a broad range of 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations working to strengthen and improve our community. Grant funds are made available across a variety of categories, through the guidance of our Grants Committee. This funding supports the arts, social service organizations, education, and underserved communities in Montclair and its environs.

General Guidelines

  • Funds are limited, we are very selective about where we award grants and do not necessarily award to all applications
  • Generally, we do not fund capital campaigns or other Foundations.
  • Fairly uniquely we do fund General Operating Budgets but prefer to fund special projects or items. In the case of a capital improvement, a grant will be awarded after the item is fully funded and purchased.
  • A previous grant award for an organization does not mean an automatic award every year. Each year is a new beginning and all applications are weighted equally.
  • We positively view grants for the arts, particularly those that benefit groups at risk.
  • We encourage funding of cultural and community projects that build/create collaboration between Van Vleck and the organization.
  • We can make multi-year grants, but should not be longer than a 3-year commitment.
  • We appreciate invitations to visit your location or to see the project you are requesting funds for.

Our Criteria

  • Mission Alignment
  • Impact on helping Montclair and its Environs
  • Equity; Fairness
  • Financial stability
  • Management Experience and Stability

Apply for Grants


The Spring 2022 Grant Application will open on February 1st. The deadline to submit is Tuesday, March 1 at 5 pm. Grantees will be notified in mid-April.

Please reach out to the Development Office with any questions or concerns at 973-744-4752 x6.

Applicants who applied in Spring 2020 and would like to reapply again will only need to update their project.

Consideration will be given to nonprofits serving vulnerable populations with basic needs (food, housing, and mental health)

Grants are expected to range between $1,000 to $5,000 with decisions made in November.



Welcome to our online grant application process! The Montclair Foundation requires all grant-seekers to submit their applications on line. If this is the first time using this system, all applicants will need to create an account.

The online application consists of fields to be filled in, and attachments (documents) from you. Attachments can be Microsoft Word, Excel, or PDF files created on a copier/scanner. Do NOT include compressed ZIP files or password-protected files.

The following documents are to be submitted as required attachments to your online application:

  • Copy of the IRS letter of determination indicating 501(c)(3) tax exempt status

  • Organization’s operating budget for the coming year

  • List of the names of the organization’s Board of Directors

  • Audited Financial Statement for the most recent year available or a Form 990

  • Project budget

  • List of other sources of funding being solicited and their status to date with those sources

In all circumstances, please be sure to leave ample time for your application to reach us by the published deadline.

Ready to Apply?

Please follow the link below to start an application.