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Springfield Foundation Grant

GrantWatch ID# 158996
Agency: Foundation

Funding Source
Springfield Foundation
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Geographic Focus
USA: Ohio: Clark County

Important Dates
Deadline: 08/15/22 5:00 PM

Grant Description
Grants to Ohio nonprofit organizations and government units, including public schools, churches, and municipalities, for projects that benefit local communities in eligible regions. Funding is intended for programs within the focus areas of conservation and animals, arts and culture, health, environment, education, civic affairs, and human services. Grants are also available for general operating support. The Foundation focuses on activities that have an impact on the Clark County community.

Types of Funding:

  • Program Grants support new programs, continuing programs, or expansion of successful programs.
  • Project Grants are generally short-term activities or one-time expenses for your organization.
  • Operating Support contributes to an organization’s day-to-day, ongoing expenses such as salaries, utilities, office supplies, etc.
  • Capital Grants support an organized drive to collect and accumulate substantial funds to finance major needs of an organization such as a building or major renovation project.
  • Multiple-Year Grants are awarded during the normal grants cycle or as initiative grants. These commitments are most commonly awarded for large building projects but could also be used for the continued support of long-term programs or operational needs. Multi-year grants are limited in number and are based upon funding projections of the Foundation. If your request is for multiple years of funding, you must schedule a meeting with Foundation Staff to discuss your project prior to submitting your Grant Application.

Field of Interest Funds:

Over time, donors have established funds to be directed to a broad area reflecting their personal interests. No special grant application is needed; all grants are evaluated for their relevance to the following areas.

  • Animal Spay/Neuter
  • Arts
  • Cardiac and Respiratory Ailments (Treatment or Equipment)
  • Children and Youth
  • Construction Trades (Training and Education)
  • Environmental Activities
  • Education
  • Health and Dental
  • Homeless Shelters
  • People with Disabilities (Physical or Mental)

For additional information about discretionary grants, see:


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

Additional Criteria for Eligibility
To be eligible for funding from the Springfield Foundation charitable organizations are required to:
- Be a nonprofit organization exempt from federal income taxes under section 501(c)(3) Of the Internal Revenue Code, churches, or government units including public schools and municipalities. If you do not have a 501(c)(3), you may enter into an agreement with a qualified nonprofit that will act as your fiscal agent.
- Have a governing board, and conduct business without discrimination on the basis of race, religion, gender, age, disability, or national origin.
- Provide programs and projects serving the Clark County, Ohio community.
- Provide to the Springfield Foundation a board-approved diversity, equity, and inclusion statement.

The Springfield foundation does not award competitive grants for the following purposes:
- Awards to individuals, including fellowships, travel, study, research, camps,
- Support for individual political candidates and/or lobbying efforts,
- Annual campaigns or dues,
- Endowments outside of the Springfield Foundation
- Sectarian worship, instruction, or proselytizing,
- Fraternal, political, labor, athletic, social or veterans’ groups,
- School bands and school choral groups, drill teams, or color guards,
- Annual fund drives or fund-raising activities,
- Returning applicants who did not complete their previous grant requirements (i.e., reporting).

Pre-Proposal Conference
For those unfamiliar with the Foundation’s application process, you are encouraged to attend one of the Grant Information Sessions that are held in the spring. These workshops offer an overview of the grant application process.

Although attendance is not mandatory, first time applicants or applicants who have not applied for a number of years are encouraged to attend.

If you are unable to attend on the dates scheduled a link to recorded sessions will be provided here after the scheduled sessions:

Grant Information Sessions for the Spring of 2022 will be scheduled at a later date.

Pre-Application Information
The application deadline for 2022 is Monday, August 15 at 5:00 p.m. Decisions for grant awards are typically announced at the end of November.

The online application form is accessible through the website beginning June 1, 2022.

Internet or technology problems may arise, and you are highly encouraged to submit your application in advance of the due date.

If an applicant is new to the grant-making process or has never received a grant, a discussion with the Director of Grants and Scholarships is advised to determine whether your ideas fit within the guidelines as well as to clarify the grant-making terms and conditions.

Eligibility Information:
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Contact Information

For questions, contact:
Susan (Suzie) Carey, Director of Grants and Scholarships

The Springfield Foundation
333 North Limestone Street, Suite 201
Springfield, Ohio 45503

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