The Cabrini Foundation has three grantmaking programs. Our programs provide grants to nonprofit organizations serving low-income individuals, families and communities in New York State.
Our Statewide Grants Program is open to the public and focuses on identifying projects that best serve our annual grant priorities (see our 2021 priorities for more information). Please note that the proposals funded under the Statewide Grants Program can provide services throughout the entire state of New York, or selected areas of New York.
Our Regional Grants Program is designed to ensure proportionate regional funding for targeted, mission-aligned projects identified by the Cabrini Foundation. Applications for this program are accepted on an Invitation-Only basis.
Our Special Initiatives Grants Program seeks to fund innovative or impactful projects that help further the mission of the Cabrini Foundation. Applications for this program are accepted on an Invitation-Only basis. The Cabrini Foundation strongly encourages members of the public and organizations to submit ideas regarding initiatives to be funded under the Special Initiatives Grants Program. Instructions related to the process of submitting ideas to the Foundation will be provided soon. Please check back.
Letters of Inquiry
Grant funds (awarded in Q4 2021)
To listen to an overview of the grants program application instructions click here. You may also download the accompanying presentation slides here. Also, please see here for presentation slides on the importance of social determinants of health.
Eligibility And Terms
What We Fund
The Cabrini Foundation funds domestic section 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization in good standing with the Internal Revenue Service and the State of New York. Specifically, grants may only be made to a domestic public charity as described in Internal Revenue Code section 509(a)(1) or (2) or an exempt operating foundation as described in Internal Revenue Code section 4940(d)(2).
All grants must adhere to and comply with the ethical principles, tenets, and teachings of the Roman Catholic Faith, including but not limited to the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services published by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Applicant organizations are not required, however, to be affiliated with the Catholic Church to be eligible for grants.
Applicant organizations generally should reside in New York State, and primarily serve New York State residents.
Grants must benefit poor, disadvantaged, or underserved New York State residents.
Applicants should have an annual budget of $750,000 or more.
The Cabrini Foundation will generally consider grant proposals of $75,000 or greater.
Grants must be used exclusively for the specific program, activity or project approved by the Cabrini Foundation, which, in all cases, must be in furtherance of the Cabrini Foundation’s charitable purposes.
Applicant organizations must demonstrate that they exhibit sound financial management and governance practices and are capable of effectively carrying out the programs, activities or projects proposed to be funded.
Applicants must demonstrate their capacity to work with the populations to be served by the project.
The Cabrini Foundation plans to prioritize grant proposals that focus on providing direct services and programs.
What We Do Not Fund
The Cabrini Foundation will not make grants to individuals.
The Cabrini Foundation will not make grants for any activities that involve carrying on propaganda or otherwise attempting to influence legislation (within the meaning of Section 4945(d)(1) of the Internal Revenue Code).
The Cabrini Foundation will not make grants in support of any activities that involve participating in, or intervening in (including the publishing or distributing of statements), any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for public office, influencing the outcome of any specific public election, or carrying on, directly or indirectly, any voter registration drive (within the meaning of Section 4945(d)(2) of the Internal Revenue Code).
The Cabrini Foundation will not make grants to support events, conferences, or fundraising activities.
The Cabrini Foundation does not plan to support capital grant programs, but may choose to do so on a limited, case-by-case basis.
The Cabrini Foundation will not award grant funds to supplant current government funding but grant funds may be used to augment services funded using government sources.
All grants are subject to the Foundation’s monitoring program which will include periodic reporting and/or audits to ensure compliance with the terms of the grant.
The Cabrini Foundation will not support any programs whose nature, purpose, and/or mission conflicts with or are contrary to the ethical principles, tenets, and teachings of the Roman Catholic Faith, including, but not limited to the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services published by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.
Generally, grants will be awarded for up to 12-month periods. Grant recipients are encouraged to seek diversified funding support.
The Cabrini Foundation will consider paying up to 15% of indirect costs. Applicants will be required to provide information in the grant application about current indirect cost rates.
Renewal grants are not assured. The Foundation is always open to new approaches and diverse organizations throughout New York that have not previously received funding from the Foundation.
Applicants may not re-grant funds to other organizations without express written pre-approval of the Cabrini Foundation. If such express written pre-approval has been provided, the sub-grantee programs are subject to the requirements related to the ethical principles, tenets, and teachings of the Roman Catholic Faith including, but not limited to, the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services published by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.
Audited financial statements for the most recently completed fiscal year are required of all organizations. Applicant organizations that cannot meet this requirement may be eligible for an exemption on a case-by-case basis upon review of the full grant application.
Submission of semiannual grant reports using a standard format to be provided with the grant award letter. In most cases, grantees will be required to submit an annual and interim grant report, and in some cases, quarterly or special reports on particular issues.
A project budget must be submitted with the annual and interim grant reports using a format to be provided.
A site visit may be required to review proposed grant activity both prior to grant award and at interim and final reporting periods.
Any publicity regarding this grant should include an acknowledgement that the project was supported by the Cabrini Foundation. The Cabrini Foundation requires prior approval of such publicity.
Grantees must maintain documentation of current licensure and applicable background checks for all staff and maintain documented procedures for record keeping. Audit requirements will be outlined in the applicable grant agreement.
Other requirements at the discretion of the Cabrini Foundation to ensure stewardship of the funds, accountability, and sound project management.
2021 Grantmaking Priorities
The Cabrini Foundation supports programs that integrate health and human services to address the social determinants of health with the goal of improving health outcomes. In 2021, the Cabrini Foundation is prioritizing healthcare and human services provided to the following populations: