Foundation Guidelines


Our mission is to make a difference in the communities we serve. Contributing to charitable organizations that share our commitment to revitalize underserved communities and help underprivileged populations.

Priorities for Foundation Funding

The Sterling National Bank Charitable Foundation ("The Foundation") considers grants to nonprofit charitable organizations with 501(c)(3) status that serve communities in the greater New York City, Lower Hudson Valley, Long Island and New Jersey areas. Organizations must meet all the guidelines and application requirements, demonstrate sound fiscal practices, extend our mission and share in our vision of making a difference in the communities we serve.

We support three areas of focus in our grant making:

Primary Focus

  • Education
  • Community Development

Secondary Focus

  • Health and Human Services

1. Education

Priority is given to programs that serve underprivileged or low income individuals and families. Program areas include but are not limited to:

  • Financial Literacy for: K-12, college student, adult and workforce, military and veterans.
  • Student Success/Scholarships and Job Skill Training/Vocational Program
  • School Based Programs K-12 and provide a path to success for post-secondary education
  • Mentoring and Enrichment Programs

2. Community Development

Support is given to programs that focus on supportive services to low-income individuals and communities. Focusing on revitalizing distressed neighborhoods and creating job growth. Program areas include but are not limited to:

  • Economic Development
  • Small Businesses Development
  • Affordable Housing and Workforce Development
  • Youth and community

3. Health and Human Services

Support is given to help programs that provide services to low-income youth and families. Program areas include but are not limited to:

  • Child Abuse and Domestic Violence
  • Homelessness Prevention and Supportive services

Geographic Area of Support

Our defined assessment areas of support are: the greater New York City, Lower Hudson Valley, and Long Island, central and northern New Jersey.

Continuous and Multi Year Funding

The Foundation requires organizations to submit proposals annually, regardless of prior funding. The Foundation awards only one grant per year and the funds must be used within the calendar year awarded.

Grant Cycles

The Foundation makes funding decisions January 1st through December 31st. Submissions are reviewed quarterly and deadlines for grant proposals are: February 16th, May 7th, August 6th and November 5th. Each organization will be notified by email and receive a decision notice of their application submission.

Grant Impact Report

The Foundation requires previously funded grants to submit a Grant Report on how the funds were expended and information on the effects and outcomes of the grant. Using statistics:

  • Include successes you experienced with the program and challenges you faced.
  • How many individuals were served?
  • Describe your plans for the program funded by The Foundation and will you do anything differently for the upcoming year?
  • Please share an impact story of success with the program.

List of Requested Materials for Approval

We require:

  • 501(c)(3) Letter of Determination
  • Program Budget and Organizational Budget
  • Recent Financial Statement
  • Recent Form 990
  • List of major corporate contributors
  • List of Board of Directors and their affiliations
  • Descriptive materials: flyers/brochures and annual report, if applicable


Grants are not awarded to:

  • Individuals
  • Tickets for events, dinner programs or advertising
  • Administrative salaries and Private foundations
  • Political Organizations or candidates
  • Organizations designed primarily to lobby
  • Conferences or summits
  • Programs not within our defined area of service
  • Fundraising Events and Sponsorships
  • Organizations that discriminate based on race, ethnicity, religion, gender and national origin
  • Programs or projects that will be completed prior to funding availability (no retroactive funding)
  • Capital Campaigns or Endowments