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The Nord Family Foundation Grant

Grants to Lorain County, Ohio Nonprofits and Agencies for
Art, Civic, Education, Health, and Social Services

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Foundation / Corporation

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The Nord Family Foundation

Deadline Date:

12/01/18 5:00 PM ET


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Grants to Lorain County, Ohio nonprofit organizations and public sector agencies for programs and projects that focus on the areas of arts and culture, education, civic affairs, and health and social services. Funding is intended for program-related activities, with some grants to support capital campaigns and capital improvements when special criteria are met. Projects that address the root causes of social problems are of special interest.

Grants are also made on a selective basis to organizations in areas where voting members of the Foundation reside. These currently include Boston, MA; Columbia, SC; Cuyahoga County, OH; Denver, CO; and Penn Yan, NY.

Priorities for Each Area of Focus:

Arts and Culture:
The Nord Family Foundation supports a variety of organizations through its Arts and Culture program area, in fields of theater and performing arts, visual arts, and music. Amidst this variety of art forms, there is an underlying theme and priority for programs that engage children and youth, particularly those who may otherwise have limited access and exposure to the arts. The Foundation also provides significant operating support to arts organizations housed within the New Union Center for the Arts, a community venue that is owned and operated by the Foundation.

Civic Affairs:
The Nord Family Foundation’s work in the Civic Affairs program area has an emphasis on the strengthening of communities and the economic empowerment of individuals. Much of the grantmaking supports community and economic development, commercial and neighborhood revitalization, workforce training, volunteerism/citizen engagement, and leadership development. The Civic Affairs program area also includes the Foundation’s capital grantmaking, comprising roughly 10% of the Foundation's overall annual investments.

Over its history, the Foundation has maintained a diverse portfolio of grants to public schools, charter schools, and faith-based schools. The Foundation works closely with school leaders and teachers to learn from them what they think constitute quality teaching and learning for young people.

The Foundation discusses the outcomes at board meetings to see how their learning can be shared with others in the education community. The Foundation seeks programs that are innovative and have the potential to be replicated in other regions they serve.

The Foundation holds a particular place of honor for teachers and seeks to support opportunities for those with energy and love of their vocation.

Health and Social Services:
In the Health and Social Services program area, The Nord Family Foundation funds organizations and programs that address a wide range of human needs and aspirations, serving people of all ages. Consistent with the Foundation’s mission, there is a core value of service to the disadvantaged, ensuring access to basic services that support the overall well-being of children, youth, and families. Within this broad spectrum there is an emphasis on funding for basic needs such as food and shelter, as well as early care and education, child welfare, youth services, and access to health care.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 176230

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Nord Family Foundation grants to non-profit organizations qualified under Section 501 c 3 of the Internal Revenue Code and to selected public sector activities.

The Nord Family Foundation’s primary area of geographic interest is Lorain County, Ohio. The majority of grants are made to organizations in Lorain County or to organizations doing work that have direct outreach to or impact in Lorain County.

In general, the Foundation does not award grants in support of
- Debt reduction
- Research projects
- Tickets or advertising for fundraising activities
- Individuals

Grants are occasionally made for capital purposes when specific criteria are met:

- The organization requesting support clearly serves a disadvantaged population.
- In instances where the Foundation’s support is likely to leverage much greater giving from other community sources, such as government, corporations, individuals and other foundations.
- Where it is clear that an effective local campaign, involving extensive citizen participation and grassroots leadership has been or will be mounted. Note: Program grants, which include requests for capital items such as furniture, computers, video recorders, etc., are not included within this general policy.

Pre-Application Information:

Grant submissions will be accepted up to six weeks prior to the deadline.

Grant applications must be completed online by 5:00 PM eastern time on the following dates:

April 1 – for a June decision
August 1 – for an October decision
December 1 – for a February decision

If these dates fall on a Saturday or Sunday proposals will be accepted by 5:00 PM the following Monday.

The Board of Trustees meets three times per year and all grants are approved or ratified during one of those meetings.

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Contact Information:

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

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For more information, contact:

Sharon Bennett, Grants Administrator
Telephone: (440) 984-3939

The Nord Family Foundation
747 Milan Avenue
Amherst, OH 44001

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Ohio: Lorain County