Making a Lasting Impact in the Salem Area

The Salem Community Foundation is committed to building a strong foundation for our community and making life better for all its citizens.  The Foundation makes grants to 501(c)(3) organizations that are currently registered as a State of Ohio charitable organization with the State of Ohio Attorney General's office. Grant applicants must serve people in the Salem area, have an IRS 501(c)(3) designation, and support the areas of arts and humanities, health and human services, public and community services, and education.Grants are provided through endowment funds and support a broad range of needs.


Applications For Financial Assistance Must Be Received By:

June 1, 2020 for the June 25 Grant Screening Meeting.

September 1, 2020 for the September 24 Grant Screening Meeting.

December 1, 2020 for the January 8, 2021 Grant Screening Meeting.

March 1, 2021 for the March 18, 2021 Grant Screening Meeting.


Click HERE for Grant Application (Adobe PDF Document)



GRANTS FROM 1966 - 2018


  • 1966: Salem Public Library - Cultural Books
  • 1978: Salem City Schools - Salem History Books for 3rd Graders
  • 2002: City of Salem - Thermal Imaging Camera
  • 2018: Salem Community Center - Renovation of the Women's Locker Room

2019 AND 2020 GRANTS


  • Salem Historical Society: New trolley, $65,000
  • Salem Fire Department: Radios and wireless equipment, $50,000
  • Waterworth Memorial Park: New tennis courts and surveillance cameras, $130,000
  • Salem Regional Medical Center: Items needed to equip two Oncology Center private rooms, $50,000
  • Teacher Assisted Grants: Classroom equipment and teaching aids to Salem City Schools, $20,000
  • Banquet in Salem: Meal sponsor, $3,000



  • Gym Equipment: Salem City Schools and St. Paul School
  • Kitchen Knives and Serving Carts: Banquet in Salem
  • Role-Playing Items: Salem Public Library
  • Computer Monitor: Salem Police Department
  • Quaker Closet Items: Salem High School
  • Art Display Boards: Salem High School




Funding Information

The Salem Community Foundation is interested in funding organizations that can demonstrate that they have planned their projects with respect to the community's overall needs.

Priority is given to projects that:

  • Reach a broad segment of the community. Request money for innovative programs aimed at meeting community needs
  • Encourage efforts to promote, coordinate, and cooperate with other organizations to provide for more efficient use of community resources and avoid duplication of services
  • Assist those citizens whose needs are not met by existing services
  • Enhance or improve agency self-sufficiency or efficiency
  • Encourage matching gifts from the community, other organizations, or the government
  • Reflect a Salem community-wide effort. Assist the disadvantaged or disabled population through self-help activities
  • Outline a comprehensive plan for continuation with funds other than foundation grants.
  • The Salem Community Foundation does not, unless designated by the donor, usually make grants:
    •  To individuals
    •  For religious purposes
    •  To support operating budgets of established organizations or programs
    •  To reduce budget deficits
    •  For endowments
    •  For conferences, scholarly research, or projects that are normally the responsibility of the organization.
    •  To federal agencies
    •  To an organization which has not yet been determined to be tax-exempt  


Salem Community Foundation  ·  Serving the Salem area since 1966