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Grants to Ohio Nonprofits for Programs to Strengthen Local African American Communities

African American Community Fund Grant


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Funding Source
African American Community Fund
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Geographic Focus
USA: Ohio: Lorain County

Important Dates
Deadline: 11/15/23 11:59 PM Save

Grant Description
Grants to Ohio nonprofit organizations in eligible locations for programs to strengthen local African American communities. Eligible organizations are those that address the areas of education, health, arts, social services, and community-related civic or cultural affairs. Eligible projects improve the quality of life for the African American community in Lorain County.


The Board is interested in innovative programs that are responsive to community needs, partnerships, and collaborative efforts. Lower priority is given to capital and equipment requests, mandated services, and duplication of existing services.


Additional Eligibility Criteria
- For the Community Grant Cycles, grant seekers may only apply once per calendar year (February/July grant cycles). Grant Seekers are welcome to apply for additional Affiliate Fund Grants.
- Organizations must be located in or provide services to residents within Lorain County. Grant seekers outside Lorain County must provide information on Lorain County residents served.
- Grant awards will only go to tax-exempt organizations classified as 501(c)(3) charities by the Internal Revenue Service. If your program does not have a tax-exempt ruling from the IRS, please complete the Fiscal Sponsor Information Form.
- Reporting requirements from prior grants must be fulfilled before submitting a new application.
- Grants will not be made to individuals, for debt reduction, loans, for-profit businesses, tickets for benefits, annual appeals, tours, telephone solicitations, political campaigns, and religious activities. Scholarships will only be paid to accredited educational institutions (no payments to students).
- The Board is very concerned about the accountability and sustainability of programs. Organizations should have a diversified funding base.

Pre-Application Information
African American Community Fund:
- Cycle Opens: October 15
- Deadline: November 15
- Board Decision: January

All applications are due by 11:59 PM on the due date, regardless if it is a weekend or holiday.

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Contact Information

Questions? Contact:

Jamie Simoneau
Program Evaluation and Integration Officer

Lynn Wrice-Head
Program Associate

The African American Community Fund
c/o The Community Foundation of Lorain County
9080 Leavitt Road
Elyria, OH 44035

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