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Competitive Grants Program - Major Grants and Small Grants

Grants to Ohio Nonprofits, Agencies, Schools, and IHEs
to Benefit Mount Vernon and Knox County Communities

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Community Foundation of Mount Vernon and Knox County

Deadline Date:

12/01/18 - Receipt deadline for Small Grants


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Grants to Ohio nonprofit organizations, government agencies, schools, and IHEs to enhance the quality of life in Mount Vernon and Knox County communities. Program areas include education, recreation, arts and culture, health, social services, youth services, and civic and community development.

These awards reflect the diversity of charitable interests defined in the Foundation’s mission statement:
-To improve the quality of life in Mount Vernon and Knox County through charitable giving;
-To provide a vehicle for donors of varied interests to support charitable and community activities;
-To assess and respond to emerging and changing community needs in the fields of education, youth services, recreation, health, arts and culture, social services, and civic and community development; and
-To develop a permanent endowment for the community, and to serve as a catalyst for the initiation of vital projects.

The Foundation seeks to maximize its impact in the community and has adopted the following strategic priorities to guide its grantmaking. Proposals that address one or more of these priorities have a greater likelihood of receiving funding. They are listed here in no particular order of importance.

-A pilot project which can serve as a model of excellence in the community
-A project which proposes a creative solution to an identified, but unmet need, in the community
-A project or program which encourages volunteer involvement
-A project that is a collaborative effort among nonprofit organizations in the community and will eliminate duplication of services
-A project which is likely to make a clear difference in the quality of life for a substantial number of people
-A project which promotes economic vitality in the community.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 172902

Estimated Size of Grant:

-Small Grants: Up to $5,000
-Major Grants: More than $5,000

Term of Contract:

Grantees must request distribution of funds within 180 days of grant notification.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Grants are made to tax-exempt private agencies classified as 501(c)(3) organizations, and to public charities as defined by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service. Public schools, governmental entities and Knox County colleges and universities are also eligible to apply for Foundation grants.

Prospective applicants are urged to contact the Foundation before preparing an application if there is a question concerning eligibility, as proof of eligibility must be provided to the Foundation before grants are considered.

Certain projects and organizations are generally not eligible for funding, including but not limited to:
-Grants to individuals or projects where facilities or equipment of non-qualifying entities are improved or benefitted
-Routine operating or payroll expenses
-Projects/Programs that are restricted to members of a particular faith community or promote a specific religious doctrine
-Purchase of computers, unless proven to be used solely for the project/program
-Paying off existing obligations, debts or liabilities
-Travel (when it is the proposal’s primary focus)
-Projects which have been completed prior to allocations decisions
-Organizations that do not operate programs in Knox County, or for the benefit of Knox County residents
-Political campaigns

Pre-Application Information:

Small Grant applications (up to $5,000) are invited 6 times a year and must be received by February 1st, April 1st, June 1st, August 1st, October 1st, and December 1st for consideration at the end of each corresponding month. Applicants are encouraged to apply for funding earlier in the year as more of the funding pool will be available at that time.

Major Grant applications (more than $5,000) are invited twice each year, and must be received by January 15 for February consideration or July 15 for August consideration. The Foundation encourages organizations applying for funding of $50,000 or more to do so in the February round, as the majority of its large grant pool will be available for distribution at that time.

First time applicants for major grants and any applicants requesting a grant over $20,000 are typically required to personally present proposals to members of the Distribution Committee and/or the entire Board of Directors. Presentations are strictly limited to no more than 10 minutes with an additional 5 minutes reserved for questions from Foundation board members.

Major grant applicants who intend to request a grant $50,000 or more are encouraged to meet with the Program Manager early in the process to for an assessment of potential Foundation interest and support. As the Foundation runs a competitive grant program, knowledge of imminent large grant requests, even a year or more ahead of an actual grant request, is always appreciated.

The Foundation prefers to support projects in which it is a funding partner, rather than the sole funding source. Applicants are strongly urged to include some degree of match funding in their proposals, and Foundation grants should be the final dollars committed to a project. An additional factor in considering an award is an organization’s demonstrated ability to sustain the project, if applicable, when Foundation funding has ended.

Contact Information:

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

Email applications to

Or mail to:
Lisa Lloyd, Program Manager
P.O. Box 309
One South Main Street, Third Floor
Mount Vernon, OH 43050

Phone: 740.326.4297

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Ohio: Mount Vernon and Knox County