Eligibility Guidelines

SJI’s Social Investment grant program is a strategic, competitive process. Each requesting organization must complete and submit an application to be considered for a grant. Each application submitted is evaluated against all competing applications for that cycle.

Before submitting your application for funding, please review the following eligibility guidelines:

Grant Cycle

Grant Request Applications Accepted

Funds Distribution to Grant Awardees


February 1 – March 1



August 6 – September 3*


* Grant Period Revised for 2018
Note – If you are seeking funding for an initiative that occurs prior to March, please apply during the preceding year in the Fall and include this event in that application. 

  • There is a limit of one grant per organization in a 12-month period. Support is not guaranteed from year to year, with limited renewal of between 3 to 5 years maximum.
  • Your organization must qualify as a 501(c)(3) charitable organization as defined by the IRS Code, and use the support of volunteers in addition to at least one full-time paid staff person.
  • Grants will not be provided to some programs already receiving direct support from United Way.
  • To turn in completed applications, please e-mail: socialinvestment@sjindustries.com.


  • The applicant’s mission and purpose ties closely with at least one of SJI’s aforementioned areas of focus
  • A concise description of how a grant will be spent, anticipated short- and long-term results, proposed implementation, and clear metrics to measure program success 
  • A true partnership, with opportunities to get involved as volunteers, panelists, etc., and mutually beneficial exposure within the community

SJI does not provide Social Investment grants to the following:

  • Individuals or single families
  • Political causes
  • Public, private, and religiously affiliated schools
  • Religious or faith-based organizations 
  • Adult and/or youth recreational sports teams or leagues
  • Programs and/or projects that demonstrate minimal benefits to the customers served by our subsidiaries. This includes organizations whose primary audiences reside outside the areas we serve
  • Advertising requests

If you are interested in applying for a grant, please click here to submit an application.