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Scaife Family Foundation Grant

Scaife Family Foundation

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Next deadline: Mar 1, 2021

Later deadlines: Sep 1, 2021

Grant amount: US $1,500 - US $500,000

Fields of work: Animal Welfare - Domestic Animals & Pets Family Services Human-Animal Interactions & Therapy Drug Abuse Alcoholism Children’s Health & Pediatrics Children’s Mental Health Child Welfare Services Women's Health Women & Girl Services Show all

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Project / Program

Location of project: United States

Location of residency: United States

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Scaife Family Foundation Grant

For over 30 years, the most vulnerable members of the community have been supported by the Scaife Family Foundation through charitable funding. Since its inception in 1985, the Foundation has provided more than $150 million in donations for non-profit programs and general operating support.

We aim to help make the world a better place by continuing the legacy of generosity made possible by the Scaife Family. Our primary objective is to match the Foundation with non-profit organizations having similar interest areas and goals.

Funding Priorities

Empowering Women and Children To Reach Their Full Potential

Women and children need health, security and opportunity to thrive in the world. But far too many face significant barriers to fulfilling their full potential.

This includes 27 percent of female-headed households in America living in poverty, along with nearly 13 million children. And domestic violence occurs every 15 seconds in the U.S. and affects one in four women—four of whom lose their lives every day.

The risk of violence is equally high for children in unstable home environments. As a result, nearly half a million kids are in foster care on any given day in America.

We partner with high-impact organizations that break down barriers and help women and children lead bigger, brighter lives free of violence, addiction or abuse. Among other goals, we promote healthy relationships and social change to support the physical and emotional needs of women and children in crisis.

Helping Americans Break the Cycle of Addiction

Addiction is a complex, insidious disease that can destroy lives and families. It's the nation's number one health problem, but addiction can be effectively treated and managed for life.

Almost 21 million Americans have at least one addiction, yet only 10 percent receive treatment. The most common reasons people don't seek treatment are denial that they have a problem, shame in acknowledging their condition or fear of what treatment and recovery may involve.

We support programs and organizations that eliminate these obstacles and provide addiction prevention, intervention, treatment and recovery. This includes both residential and outpatient facilities that provide additional services like job placement and career counseling.

We also partner with nonprofits who are advancing the field of addiction through research, education and training to help counselors respond more effectively to substance use and related issues. Our funding has also trained thousands of physicians and medical school residents in recognizing and treating addiction, particularly alcoholism.

Strengthening the Remarkable Bond Between Humans and Animals

The partnership between humans and animals began in the Stone Age, as far back as 9,000 years. Today, 67 percent of U.S. households, or about 85 million families, own a pet.

Animals add love and companionship to our daily lives. They can also have extraordinary physical and mental health benefits for humans, particularly in the areas of child development, elderly care, mental illness, physical impairment, abuse and addiction recovery, and the rehabilitation of incarcerated youth and adults.

Unfortunately, about 6.5 million animals enter U.S. animal shelters nationwide each year. Only about half are adopted, and a quarter are euthanized.

We support organizations that promote animal welfare and provide training for service dogs. We also partner with nonprofits who use the power of the animal-human connection in therapeutic settings to improve lives. This includes equine therapy programs, for example, to help heal adults and children with physical, cognitive and emotional disabilities.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organizations.


  • The Foundation will not consider grants to individuals.
  • Proposals for the following are usually declined:
    • event sponsorships,
    • endowments,
    • capital campaigns,
    • renovations, or
    • government agencies.


This page was last reviewed November 25, 2020 and last updated November 25, 2020