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Grants to Ohio Nonprofits and School Systems in Eligible Areas to
Benefit Students, At-Risk Children, and Children with Special Needs

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Grants to Ohio nonprofit organizations and public school systems in eligible areas to enhance the educational experience of K-12 students and to support at-risk children or those with medical and special needs. Funding is intended for organizations and school districts located in select counties throughout Northeast or Central Ohio.

Types of grants:

  • Pre-selected K-12 public school districts
  • Non-profit organizations who support at-risk children or those with medical and special needs, and public school programs

For school grants, the Foundation looking to support schools and teachers with needs in the following categories:

  • Food: Meal kit programs, weekend lunch programs, etc.
  • Manipulatives: Extra sets of manipulatives in the classroom/to take home if virtual
  • Supplies: Whiteboards, binders, etc.
  • Technology: Laptops, headphones, computer mice, microphones, etc.
  • Health/Hygiene: Assist with hygiene/health products needed by students
  • Mental Health Support: Anything that can help students unplug or support their mental well-being such as board games, art supplies, puzzles, etc.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 163724

Estimated Size of Grant:

• Programming for Public school grade level / departments, Special community programs that address
medical and special needs or those at-risk: Up to $15,000
• Programming for Classroom or project specific, Special community programs that address medical and special needs or those at risk: Up to $2,000

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible for one of the Foundation's grants, your organization must be registered as a section 501(c)(3) entity or public school system located in select communities throughout Northeast or Central Ohio. Our grants are focused on schools and non-profits that target K-12 public education and at-risk children or those with special and medical needs.

School grants can be filled out by Superintendents, Administrators, Curriculum Directors, etc. for entire buildings or by individual teachers for their personal class.

The GDP Does Not Fund:
• Individuals.
• Organizations that have not been recognized as tax exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the internal revenue code unless they have an appropriate fiscal sponsor and adequate accounting procedures.
• Foundations or endowments.
• National organizations.
• Organizations that disparage or otherwise run contrary to GPD core values of family and work fulfillment or our donors’ brand image.
• Public school programs or campaigns that could be funded by tax initiatives.
• Non-scholastic programs within educational institutions such as athletics, band, drill teams, booster clubs or other social associations.
• Annual campaigns.
• Administration expenses including salaries, travel and training for the general organization that are not specific to a particular project.
• Political or Issue campaigns even if focused on children.
• Charter schools
• Private schools
• Religious institutions or religious-affiliated groups
• Faith-based organizations

Pre-Application Information:

The 2021 grant application cycle is now open. Applications will be evaluated and successful grant applicants will be notified and grants funded in March and April following the application period.

All school grant applications must be returned by Friday, January 8, 2021. All applications will be considered and granted funds on a rolling/as submitted basis.

Non-profits: Please fill out the Prequalification Quiz to find out if you are eligible for a grant application. You will need a code from the prequalification page to access the applications. Applications must be submitted by the deadline to be considered for funding.

School Grants:

Contact Information:

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

Prequalification Quiz for Nonprofit Applicants:

Public School Applicants: Email applications to

If you have any questions, please reach out to Katie Coberly at the email address above or 330-572-3523 and she will get back to you quickly to help you through the process.

GPD Group Employees’ Foundation, Inc.
520 South Main Street, Suite 2531
Akron, Ohio 44311


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USA: Ohio: Northeast and Cetnral Ohio

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