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Grants to Licking County, Ohio Nonprofits and Schools
for Education, Economic, and Health Programs

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Licking County Foundation (LCF)

LOI Date:


Deadline Date:

10/27/17 5:00 PM


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Grants generally ranging from $5,000 to $25,000 to Licking County, Ohio nonprofits, faith-based organizations and schools for a wide variety of civic, economic, health, social, education, youth, arts, and other programs. August 21, 2017 is the deadline for a letter of intent.

More details of program areas are as follows:

- Arts and Culture: Programs and activities that reach out to underserved populations, and strengthen and support local arts organizations.

- Community & Economic Development: Programs and activities that enhance and improve the economic vitality of the community; and create a more diverse, inclusive and tolerant community.

- Education: Early education and care; language and reading readiness; keeping children in school; family literacy/adult education; and professional development for teachers.

- Environment: Community-focused parks and greenspaces; recreational trails; stewardship of natural resources.

- Health: Access to care; early screening and referral; mental/physical disabilities; teen pregnancy, prenatal care and education; fitness and nutrition.

- Human Services/Strengthening Families & Supporting Youth: Services for children and families living in poverty; services to elderly in need; prevention of child abuse and neglect; parenting resources; access to quality child care; prevention of substance abuse.

- Supportive Communities: Safe, livable communities; advocacy for the poor and underserved; shelter/housing; transportation; access to emergency assistance for basic needs; citizen involvement.

Increasing the capacity of nonprofits to respond effectively to community needs is essential. In general, the Foundation prefers funding:

-Programs or projects scheduled to take place in the same year in which the grant is awarded
-Start-up costs for new programs
-One-time projects or needs
-Capital needs beyond an applicant's capabilities and means
-Grant proposals that exhibit a diversification of funding sources
-Grant proposals that delineate plans for future funding
-Collaborative efforts

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 159692

Estimated Size of Grant:

The Foundation generally grants amounts in the range of $5,000 to $25,000.

Term of Contract:

The Foundation does not award multi-year grants.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Foundation will accept grant applications from:

-IRS Charitable Status – Non-profit organizations in possession of a determination letter from the Internal Revenue Service declaring the organization a public charity that is exempt from federal income tax under Section 501(c)(3).

-Charitable organizations must have a governing board, and conduct business without discrimination on the basis of race, religion, gender, age, disability or national origin.

-Geographic Area – Nonprofit organizations must be operating or proposing to operate programs primarily for the benefit of Licking County residents.

-Faith-Based Organizations – May apply for program funding provided there are no requirements to participate in religious instruction and/or take part in religious activities.

-School Systems – Requests from school systems must be initiated and submitted by the superintendent’s office. (Preference will be given to programs or projects that serve more than an individual classroom within a school or school system.)

-Multi-Department or Branch Applicants – Large organizations with many branches or departments (e.g., universities, colleges, YMCAs, public libraries) must submit requests from the president’s office, director’s office or development office.

-Previous Grantees – Must have complied with all reporting requirements, and be in good standing before submitting another grant request. As a general rule, a returning applicant will not be considered if An Interim or Final Progress Report was not received by the stated deadline.

Not Eligible:

-Organizations that require the services of a fiscal agent in order to receive funds
-Religious organizations for religious purposes
-State and local government agencies
-Fraternal, political, labor, social, or veterans’ groups
-Community athletic teams or groups
-School athletic teams, bands, choral groups, drill teams, or color guards
-Private foundations
-Re-granting organizations
-Public agencies for mandated services
-Political organizations or candidates for public offices
-Lobbying activities

The Foundation will not support:

-Annual campaigns, scholarship and endowment campaigns
-Budget deficits
-Debt retirement or restructuring
-Direct support of religious activities (secular activities provided by religious organizations may be eligible for grant funds)
-National fundraising drives, fundraising events, feasibility studies
-Lobbying activities and political activities
-Tickets for benefits
-Work or projects that have already taken place

Due to limited resources, LCF cannot respond favorably to all worthwhile causes. In general, the Foundation is unlikely to support:

-Academic research
-Advertising and sponsorships
-Full funding for a program/project
-General operations and operating support
-Program expenses that occur on a regular basis (i.e., annual workshops, membership dues)
-Purposes which are a public sector responsibility
-Recurring operating expenses (unless for the initial stage of a pilot project)
-Replacement of government funding
-Travel and conference attendance

Pre-Application Information:



- Grant Inquiry Application Available Online: July 25, 2017
- Grant Inquiry Application Due: August 21, 2017 by 5:00 pm
- Notifications Regarding Grant Inquiry Applications: October 9 & 10, 2017
- Full Grant Proposal Due: October 27, 2017 by 5:00 pm
- LCF Due Diligence (Questions, Information Gathering, Site Visits): November 2017
- Grant Review Committee Meeting: Mid-December 2017
- Award Notification & Grant Payment: Early January 2018
- Interim Community Conversations: June-July 2018 (scheduled in May 2018)
- Final Grant Report Deadline: December 31, 2018 by 11:59 pm

Contact Information:

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

Amy Dell, Program Officer
(740) 349-3863, x108

Licking County Foundation
30 N. Second Street
P.O. Box 4212
Newark, OH 43058-4212

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