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Community Funds Grant

Grants to Ohio and Michigan Nonprofits for Social Services,
Education, Health, Arts, and Natural Resources

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Toledo Community Foundation (TCF)

Deadline Date:

01/15/19 11:59 PM Receipt


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Grants to Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan nonprofit organizations to enhance the quality of life for local families and individuals, with an emphasis on communities in the greater Toledo area. Funding is available for a broad range of programs in areas such as social services, education, neighborhood and urban affairs, physical and mental health, natural resources, and the arts.

The Fund has a particular interest in providing seed money for new programs designed to meet emerging community needs or to expand existing successful programs. Emphasis is placed on programs that will: (a) Create safe, positive living environments; (b) Enable families to develop the skills/resources needed to support and nurture each member; and (c) Foster the development of responsible young people who are capable of achieving their fullest potential.

Grant funds should only be requested to support direct programmatic expenses.

Competitive grant proposals will address the following:
-Represent an unduplicated opportunity and meet a significant community need.
-Encourage more efficient use of community resources.
-Promote coordination, cooperation and sharing among organizations and the elimination of duplicated services.
-Test or demonstrate new approaches and techniques in the solution of community problems.
-Propose a specific program rather than general operating support for the organization.
-Propose to generate matching funds, thus leveraging additional support.
-Include a thoughtful, reasonable plan for obtaining continuing financial support once Foundation funds are expended.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 176945

Term of Contract:

Multi-year requests will be considered if the applicant organization can show the progression of the project over time.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Grants are awarded only to nonprofit, charitable organizations which have been designated as having tax-exempt status under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service code

Project expenses incurred by an applicant organization prior to notification cannot be paid by the Foundation.

The Foundation usually will not make grants from its Community Funds to:
-Support the general operating budget or budget deficit of established organizations.
-Annual campaigns.
-Capital campaigns or building projects.
-Purchase equipment, such as computer hardware/software, motor vehicles, etc.
-Produce films, videos, television programs, and the like.
-Support sectarian activities of religious organizations.

Pre-Application Information:

The Foundation considers grant requests two times annually. The deadline dates for proposals are: January 15 and August 15.

Proposals must be received by 11:59 PM of the application deadline in order to be considered for funding.

All grant applications are carefully reviewed by the Foundation’s professional staff and Board of Trustees. The Board of Trustees meets approximately three to four months subsequent to each deadline date to make funding decisions. Applicant organizations are notified, in writing, of the approval or denial of funding requests within one week after the Board of Trustees takes action.

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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.

Apply Online:

Anneliese Grytafey, J.D., Vice President, Strategic Initiatives & Grantmaking
(419) 241-5049

Toledo Community Foundation, Inc.
300 Madison Avenue, Suite 1300
Toledo, OH 43604

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Michigan: Southeast Michigan, with an emphasis on the greater Toledo area;   Ohio: Northwest Ohio, with an emphasis on the greater Toledo area