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Grants to Ohio and Michigan Nonprofits for Fitness and Health Programs for Children and Youth

Toledo Walleye Hockey Club's Wishing Well Fund


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Geographic Focus
USA: Michigan: Southeast MichiganOhio: Northwest Ohio

Important Dates
Deadline: 08/01/23 11:59 PM Save

Grant Description
Grants of up to $10,000 to Ohio and Michigan nonprofit organizations for health-related programs for children and youth in eligible locations. Funding is intended for exercise and wellness programs for children in grades K-12. Preference is for programs with a health education component. Eligible projects should promote activities during cold weather months and must benefit residents of northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan.

Toledo Walleye Hockey Club’s Walleye Wishing Well Fund of the Greater Toledo Community Foundation requests proposals from nonprofit organizations seeking to provide programming that promotes the overall fitness and wellness of children enrolled in kindergarten through twelfth grade.

Funds must be used to facilitate participation in programming that takes place during cold weather months. Activities should encourage healthy lifestyles, exercise, sports and/or physical fitness education and can occur indoors or outdoors. A preference will be placed on programs incorporating an educational component that enables participants to learn skills associated with healthy living.

Funds may be used to cover enrollment fees, transportation, equipment, uniform costs and program materials. Funds may also be requested for costs associated with maintaining or rehabilitating sporting venues like baseball diamonds, football fields or other similar sites. Funds are limited and grants will be awarded on a competitive basis. Funding priority will be given to projects that have not previously received funding support from the Walleye Wishing Well Fund.


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Proposals will only be considered from nonprofit, charitable organizations which have been designated as having tax-exempt status under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service code.

Organizations that receive a Helping Hens Fund grant are not eligible for Walleye Wishing Well funding in the same calendar year.

Expenses incurred by an applicant organization prior to award notification cannot be covered by Foundation funds.

The Foundation only makes grants to nonprofit organizations and not to individuals.

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

Pre-Application Information
Proposals must be submitted through the Foundation’s online application system by August 1 at 11:59 p.m.

All grant applications are carefully reviewed by the Foundation’s professional staff and Board of Trustees. The Board of Trustees meets approximately 3-1/2 months subsequent to each deadline date to make funding decisions. Applicant organizations are notified, in writing, of approval/denial of funding requests within one week after the Board of Trustees takes action.

All prospective applicants are encouraged to contact the Program Officer listed to discuss the proposal prior to application submission.

The funding source encourages you to contact them early if you have questions and to test your system well in advance of submission to ensure that you will have no technology issues. First time applicants are encouraged to view the system tutorials located on the logon page for the grants application system.

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Number of Grants
It is anticipated that multiple awards will be made.

Estimated Size of Grant
Approximate range of $1,500 to $10,000 each.

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
Apply online:

For further information, or to discuss a possible submission, please contact:
Artisha Lawson, Program Officer
300 Madison Avenue, Suite 1300
Toledo, OH 43604

General requests can be addressed to Patrick Johnston, Vice President, Community Investments, at 419.241.5049 or email

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