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Community Festival (ComFest) Grants Program

Grants to Ohio Nonprofits for Community Projects,
Including Activities to Promote Social Change and Justice

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Grants of up to $3,000 to Ohio nonprofit organizations in eligible counties for innovative and special community projects, with a particular interest in those that advance social change and social justice. Collaborative projects that aim to result in positive community action are encouraged among grant seekers. Grants are reserved for applicants and projects physically located in the counties of Franklin, Madison, Union, Delaware, Licking, Fairfield, and Pickaway.

Special projects are defined as an activity that occurs within a specific timeframe and serves the mission of the applying organization.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 176936

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants may be requested in amounts ranging from a minimum of $250 to a maximum of $3,000. Grants may be fully or partially funded as determined by the Grants Subcommittee.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Any organization or individual can apply for a grant to support a project, but the grant recipient must be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit or have a fiscal agent at a qualified organization.

Ineligible Requests / Ineligible Use of Funds:
- The ComFest Grants Program does not fund festivals, parades, seminars, conferences, or general operations.
- Grant applications in support of a single political or other issue, which would endanger ComFest’s nonprofit status, will not be considered.

Pre-Application Information:

Grants applications are typically available in November, and are due the day after Martin Luther King Day each year. The upcoming deadline for grant applications and supporting materials is January 19, 2021.

Grant applications will be reviewed and scored by Grants Subcommittee members pending the selection of finalists by April 30, 2021. Grant awards will be announced and distributed at the membership meeting in May 2021. The ComFest General Planning Committee will make final decisions on all grants based on the recommendations of the Grants Subcommittee. All applicants will be notified of the final decision.

Grant applicants must show community support for their project in the form of documented cash or in-kind matching resources, which may include volunteer activity.

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Ohio: Franklin, Madison, Union, Delaware, Licking, Fairfield, and Pickaway counties

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