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Toledo Rotary Foundation Grant

Grants to Ohio Nonprofits to Benefit Toledo,
Northwest Ohio, and International Communities

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Toledo Rotary Foundation

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Grants to Ohio nonprofit organizations for projects serving local or international communities. Locally, preference is given to projects impacting Toledo and the Northwest Ohio region. Consideration will be given to projects meeting the needs of disadvantaged populations, such as the elderly, youth, and individuals with disabilities.

Funds may be approved for programming that reaches out to new or different clients or a new program. Capital items will only be funded if depreciable and specific in nature.

Types of Grants:

The Toledo Rotary Foundation funds two types of grants: Traditional and Transformational

Traditional Grants:
Traditional grants are the most common grants funded.

Transformational Grants:
A Transformational Project is one that:
-Affects a broad sector of the community (local, regional or global)
-Has the overwhelming support of the Rotary Club of Toledo and has been designated and approved by the Club Board and Foundation Trustees,
-Is likely to be a multi-year commitment, and
-Has a sustainable goal of making a significant, long-term, positive impact.

For example, the Rotary Club of Toledo has a history of funding projects that have become lasting legacies. The Club’s efforts in 1917 to send a 14-year old boy with no hands and undeveloped arms and legs to school grew into the establishment of the Glendale Feilbach School (named after Toledo Rotarian Charles Feilbach) and a statewide movement for "crippled children." The movement eventually spread across the nation as the National Society for Crippled Children, the forerunner of the Easter Seals organization, which continues to this day.

Another example of a Transformational Grant would be the grant given as part of the Rotary Club of Toledo’s 100th anniversary in 2012. In celebration of the Foundation's centennial year, the Toledo Rotary Foundation pledged $300,000 to establish a beautiful riverfront park in the Middlegrounds in downtown Toledo.

At the Rotary Club’s discretion, a Request for Proposals (RFP) may be released seeking transformational project proposals to address a specific community need whereby multiple proposals will be reviewed to determine the program that will best fit that need.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 147504

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Number of Grants:

Typically each year the Toledo Rotary Foundation funds approximately 20 traditional grants. Only a small number of Transformational grants are funded.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Traditional grants are limited to $10,000 per grant, except for grants in support of “camperships” which are limited to $750 per grant.

Term of Contract:

Transformational Grants may have a multi-year commitment. The agreed-upon benchmarks for the initial year of funding must be met before subsequent years will be funded. The Toledo Rotary Foundation reserves the right to refuse to fund subsequent years if the agreed benchmarks have not been timely met.

Organizations receiving Traditional Grant funding may not apply for another grant within 2 years of receiving the grant.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

All 501(c)3 IRS tax status organizations are welcome to apply for a grant.

The Toledo Rotary Foundation will not fund the following:
-General Operational Expenses. Operational Expenses will not be funded unless tied to a specific program.
-Debt Repayment. Debt repayment is considered a program, project, or purchase that has already been expensed prior to approval of the Toledo Rotary Foundation grant.
-Lines of Credit.

Pre-Application Information:

The Foundation has three cycles per year with deadlines:
-July 31
-October 31
-March 31

More information about the Foundation may be found here:

Contact Information:

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

Apply Online:

Kathy Tate, Executive Director
P: 419-241-7060
F: 419-241-5117

Toledo Rotary Foundation
101 N. Summit Street, Suite 436
Toledo, Ohio 43606

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Ohio: Toledo and Northwest Ohio