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Grants to Ohio Nonprofits for Programs and Initiatives to Benefit Local Residents

Focused Funds


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Geographic Focus
USA: Ohio: Franklin County

Important Dates
Deadline: 10/06/23 - Deadline for Fall Deadline funding categories Save

Grant Description
Grants of up to $25,000 to Ohio nonprofit organizations to benefit residents in eligible locations. Areas of focus include conservation and environment, community improvement, education, health, mental health, special populations, and social services. Funding is intended to support a variety of activities and programs in Franklin County.

Spring Deadline Focus Areas:

Fall Deadline Focus Areas:

  • Community Improvement
    • Historic preservation
    • Joseph A. Jeffrey Fund: supporting beautification and community improvement  
  • Education 
    • English Teachers in Private Preparatory Schools and Colleges/Universities
  • Health 
    • Health Education
    • In-service Education: for voluntary health organizations
    • Substance Abuse
  • Social Services 
    • Parent Education
    • Adoption and Foster Care
    • Summer Camp Maintenance


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Investments are made in a broad range of nonprofit organizations working to strengthen and improve the community.

Pre-Proposal Conference
Grant Opportunity Open Houses are appropriate for 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit organizations serving Franklin County, Ohio, to learn more about a variety of funds created by donors and Supporting Foundations.

If you have specific questions about applying for grants coming up in the next quarter, feel free to stop by on one of the dates below to meet members of the Community Research and Grants Management team.

This open house is for you if:
- Your organization is new to The Columbus Foundation.
- You are a new leader within your organization.
- You have questions about grant cycles within the next quarter.

Registration is not required and organizations are invited to join at any point during the times listed.

- January 20, 2023 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Davis Hall, The Columbus Foundation
- April 14, 2023 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Davis Hall, The Columbus Foundation

Pre-Application Information
- The Spring deadline for Focused Funds grants is the first Friday in May.
- The Fall deadline for Focused Funds grants is the first Friday in October.

Grant applications are accepted in May and October for different funding categories.


Estimated Size of Grant
Based on the amount of available grant dollars each year, the majority of the grants awarded will be $1,000 to $10,000. Requests may be submitted for up to $25,000 if there is sufficient funding.

Contact Information
Apply online:

- General questions, and categories not mentioned/assigned above, please contact Emily Savors at
- Joseph A. Jeffrey Fund and Historic Preservation, please contact Matthew Martin at
- Green Funds, please contact Victoria Prokup at
- Hospice and End-of-Life Care, please contact Dan Sharpe at
- Technical assistance, please contact Melissa McCool at

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