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Grants to Columbus, Ohio Nonprofits to Meet
Social Service, Health, and Jewish Family Needs

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Columbus Jewish Foundation

Deadline Date:

04/15/18 11:59 PM - Deadline for Mini-Grant applications only


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Grants to Ohio nonprofits, especially Jewish community agencies, for programs that benefit the Columbus Jewish community. Programs can be in the areas of leadership development, social service needs, strategic planning and outreach, and health and Jewish family needs.

Funding is intended to support programs that will bring about a significant impact in the community, move an organization closer to fulfilling its mission statement, enable providers to stay ahead of the curve with service delivery and strategic planning, and/or propel grantees to take a long-term view of who and what they are.

General operating support is not provided, but technology and capital funding can be considered.

Proposals must support the agency mission, including any short-term and medium-term initiatives. Proposals can be submitted as a new or expanded service initiative and should address unmet community needs, complement or improve existing community service needs, increase agency self-sufficiency, attract new clients, or maximize service delivery. Programs must have measurable goals/objectives and a strong evaluation plan.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 139892

Estimated Size of Grant:

Mini-grants are capped at $1,000 for community organizations and $2,500 for Jewish community organizations.

Term of Contract:

Certain projects may be eligible for multi-year funding. Multi-year grants are approved for a one-year period and may be extended for up to two additional years, subject to evaluation and review. Programs must start within 18 months of grant approval date.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

1. All organizations must be established and current under IRS Code Section 501(c)3.

2. The applicant agency must be on sound financial footing.

3. Applications from individuals will not be entertained.

4. Foundation grants are not intended to:
a. supplement or duplicate Federation and/or United Way allocations,
b. fund general operations, and/or
c. support fundraising-related travel missions.

5. Grants for special and unique professional development requests are only available once every five years. (If
the program is offered more than once in the five year period, funding shall only be considered for staff
members previously not funded within the five year period.)

6. Synagogue requests must be inclusive, community-oriented, and/or collaborative projects.

7. Proposals for capital (building-related, but not operational) or technology funding can be submitted. No applicant shall receive capital funding per site more than once every ten years (beginning with the time of the last capital grant for that site), unless there has been a catastrophic event. Because of limited available funds, synagogue capital campaign requests cannot be entertained.

Pre-Application Information:

Both regular grants and mini grants are available. The Community Grants Committee will accept proposals for regular grants only during the Fall Grant Cycle.

Mini Grant applications will be accepted and reviewed on a quarterly basis:

September 15, 2017 deadline
November 1, 2017 notification

November 15, 2017 deadline
January 1, 2018 notification

February 15, 2018 deadline
April 1, 2018 notification

April 15, 2018 deadline
June 1, 2018 notification

Grants process:


How to apply:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply online:

Susan Tanur

Columbus Jewish Foundation
Robins Center for Philanthropy
1175 College Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43209

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Ohio: Columbus