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Summer Fellowship Program

Grants to Ohio Nonprofits in Eligible
Regions to Host Student Fellows

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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The Columbus Foundation

Deadline Date:

09/17/21 Close of Business


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Grants to Ohio nonprofit organizations in eligible regions to host student fellows that will contribute to the work of the organization. Funding is intended to create a partnership between fellows and their hosting nonprofit organization to positively impact the community. Eligible organizations are those located in Franklin County.

The Summer Fellowship Program engages the next generation of young leaders in the sector through career-related work. The program places eligible students with Franklin County nonprofit organizations for a 10-week period. Nonprofits benefit from the additional support students provide to a specific program or objective, while students receive valuable experience through their work. 

Fellows must attend an orientation, all Learning Sessions, and the final luncheon.

Required events taking place during working hours will be included in the Fellow’s required 40 hours of work. Fellows will be required to make weekly blog postings sharing Fellowship experiences and lessons learned. Other events, such as excursions, are highly encouraged for the Fellow—but not required.

Host organizations are expected to include the Fellow in meetings, offer a dedicated workspace, and offer all necessary tools to complete the project, including a computer if necessary. Host organizations are expected to offer full-time employment (approximately 40 hours per week) to the Fellow and to offer the same Fourth of July holiday time off as it offers to other employees.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 166372

Estimated Size of Grant:

The Fellow will receive a stipend of $6,350.

Each organization will receive a grant of $7,350 from The Columbus Foundation and is responsible for paying the Fellow through the organization’s payroll system. The additional $1,000 is intended to cover organization costs or supplies related to hosting the Fellowship.

Term of Contract:

The 10-week fellowship for 2021 starts June 6 and ends August 12.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To qualify for the Fellowship program, organizations must have a current Directory Listing in The Giving Store; present a specific project with clear scope and description; and have a specific supervisor, desk/office space, and supplies (e.g., computer) for the Fellow.

Pre-Application Information:

Nonprofit Host Site applications are due by close of business Friday, September 17, 2021.

- August 16: Nonprofit application available
- September 16: Nonprofit applications due
- November: Nonprofit Host Sites selected and student application available
- December: Student applications due
- January-February: Fellows selected
- May: Nonprofit Host Site orientation
- June 6: Fellowship begins
- August 12: Fellowship ends

Applicant organizations go through a review process that is similar to other grant opportunities. Once the group of finalists is approved by the Foundation’s Governing Committee, they will be notified accordingly. Applicant organizations will hear from the Foundation in November. At that time, more specific details pertaining to the logistics of the program will be communicated with the selected organizations.

Contact Information:

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

Apply online:

Mark Lomax, II, D.M.A., Community Research and Grants Management Officer

The Columbus Foundation
1234 East Broad Street
Columbus, Ohio 43205-1453
Phone; 614/251-4000
Fax: 614/251-4009

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Ohio: Franklin County

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