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Awards to Ohio and Michigan Nonprofits in Eligible Locations to Recognize Achievements and Service to the Community

Nonprofit Excellence Awards


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Geographic Focus
USA: Michigan: Southeast MichiganOhio: Northwest Ohio

Important Dates
Deadline: 05/31/23 11:59 PM Save

Grant Description
Awards to Ohio and Michigan nonprofit organizations in eligible locations to recognize excellence, leadership, and service to the local community. Winners will be chosen in several categories and will receive monetary grants and in-kind services. Eligible applicants are based in northwest Ohio or southeast Michigan.

The Awards are designed to honor and recognize outstanding nonprofit organizations and their achievements in the community. Area nonprofits are encouraged to complete an application that demonstrates their leadership in one of the following categories:

  • Excellence in Collaborative Programming: This award showcases a joint initiative that leverages the skills and resources of multiple nonprofit partners to deliver excellent service to residents of northwest Ohio or southeast Michigan. Creative partnerships lead to greater impact in the community by reaching underserved audiences and avoiding duplication of service. 
  • Excellence in Strategic Action: This award highlights organizations that have strategically expanded programming or pivoted to a new service delivery model to better meet a community need. Priority consideration will be given to projects that utilized data and metrics to identify a gap in service, aligned with community-wide planning efforts to ensure activities did not duplicate existing services and successfully implemented and sustained the expansion. It is anticipated that projects will still be active and have completed the strategic action within the past five years, but the committee will consider older initiatives as well. 
  • Excellence in Organizational Operations: This award recognizes organizations for overall excellence. The strongest applications will demonstrate active involvement by staff, board members, volunteers and constituents in advancing the mission of the organization. 

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  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria
In each category, applicant organizations must meet the following eligibility criteria:
- Applicants must be a nonprofit organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service Code and based in northwest Ohio or southeast Michigan.
- Organizations may apply for and are eligible to win in more than one award category, but must submit a separate application for each category, and must address the criteria specific to each award.

Excellence in Organizational Operations: Eligible applicants must have 501(c)(3) nonprofit status for at least five years and have a local governance and management structure in place.

Areas generally not funded include individuals, computer hardware and software, vehicles, conferences, capital and research.

Once an organization has received an award, that organization will become ineligible for that same award for the following three years.

Pre-Application Information
The award application deadline is Wednesday, May 31, 2023 at 11:59 p.m.

Applicant organizations are notified, in writing, of approval/denial of funding requests within one week after the Board of Trustees takes action.

Awards will be presented to winning organizations at the Annual Northwest Ohio Nonprofit Excellence Awards breakfast on Thursday, October 26, 2023.

All prospective applicants are encouraged to contact the Program Officer listed on the bottom of the Guidelines or Request for Proposals document to discuss the proposal prior to application submission.

Number of Grants
Awards will be given to three nonprofit organizations (one in each category).

Estimated Size of Grant
Award Recipients will receive:
- An unrestricted grant from Greater Toledo Community Foundation in the amount of $7,500;
- An unrestricted grant from The Andersons in the amount of $1,000;
- A half page ad in The Blade;
- A feature article highlighting the winning organizations in Greater Toledo Community Foundation’s newsletter and The Center for Nonprofit Resources publications;
- A one-of-a-kind glass art award engraved with the organization’s name;
- One table for ten (at no charge) to the recognition event held in October.

Term of Contract
It is unusual for a grant award to cover a period of several years; grant requests are generally funded for one year.

Contact Information
Online application portal:

For further information regarding the application process or to discuss a possible submission, please contact: Artisha Lawson at

Questions about the awards ceremony should be directed to Laura Sams at

If you are having trouble submitting an application through the online application portal, you may contact Greater Toledo Community Foundation by phone (419.241.5049) or email

Greater Toledo Community Foundation
300 Madison Ave., Suite 1300
Toledo, OH 43604

Telephone: 419.241.5049
Fax: 419.242.5549

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