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Community Grants Program

Grants to Ohio Nonprofits and Agencies to Benefit
Residents of Shelby County and Surrounding Areas

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The Community Foundation of Shelby County

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Grants of up to $15,000 to Ohio nonprofit organizations and government agencies for a wide range of programs and projects that benefit those living in Shelby County or its surrounding areas. Applicants must contact the program staff to be invited to apply. Applicants are then required to submit a preliminary proposal before submitting a full proposal.

Many types of projects may be considered for Community Grants. The Foundation typically looks for several of the following key elements in applications:

- Serves a large number of Shelby County residents
- If ongoing, the project can be sustained after the grant is exhausted
- An unduplicated program/project
- Diversity in those who are served
- Prevention of illnesses or societal problems

Grants may be in any amount up to $15,000. Requests in excess of $5,000 are considered Impact Grants and will be additionally evaluated as follows:

- The request must be specific
- An innovative, new concept or process
- Meets a need not fully met by existing programs
- Affects an underserved population
- Impacts a growing need in the community
- Is not a replacement of existing capital equipment
- Has sufficient data or statistics to verify the request

The Community Impact Fund enables the Board to have complete discretion over grants. The Roscoe Beanblossom Fund provides grants that support needy and worthy Shelby County youth. The John Douglas Long Blind Fund benefits Shelby County residents affected or afflicted by blindness or seriously impaired eyesight. The Shelby County Medical Services Fund supports medical needs.

Applicants do not need to address their requests to a specific fund. The Distribution committee will decide which fund can appropriately support a request.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 178332

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants may be in any amount up to $15,000.

Term of Contract:

In general, The Community Foundation of Shelby County awards grants for one year. In selected instances, multi-year grants may be considered.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Governmental agencies and not-for-profit organizations designated 501(c)(3) by the Internal Revenue Service physically located in or serving Shelby County, Ohio and surrounding areas are eligible to apply for a grant.

Consideration will be given to not-for-profit organizations that do not have a 501(c)(3) status, but are incorporated in the State of Ohio, so long as the grant proposal is for charitable purposes that fit within the Foundation guidelines and IRS regulations.

Additional documentation will be required from organizations that do not have a 501(c)(3) status. If a fiscal agent (a 501(c)(3) or governmental entity) will be the payee to receive a grant, please list the entity’s name and EIN on the Preliminary Proposal form.

There are restrictions on the scope of activities the Foundation is able to support. In general, The Community Foundation does not typically make grants from its discretionary funds for:

- General operating expenses of existing organizations
- Individuals
- Religious organizations for religious purposes (programs open to non-members may be considered)
- Political organizations or political action committees for political purposes
- Endowments
- Specific scientific, medical or academic research
- Annual fund-raising campaigns from existing organizations

Pre-Application Information:

To apply for a grant, please follow these steps:

1. Call or email the Executive Director to discuss your grant request idea and whether your project appears to fit within the Foundation’s guidelines.

2. Preliminary Proposal deadlines are January 31 or August 7, 2019 (by 11:59 pm).

3. Full Proposals: March 14 or September 24, 2019
The Distribution Committee will review Preliminary Proposals and then contact each applying organization, informing them if they made it to the next stage of the process. Those making it to the Full Proposal stage will be sent a link an online Full Proposal form.

4. The Distribution Committee may ask for additional information, an interview or a site visit.

5. Final decisions will be made by the Board of Trustees at their April or October meeting and applicants will be notified by mailed letter soon thereafter.

Contact Information:

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

Click here to submit the Preliminary Grant Proposal online (by invitation only):

Marian Spicer, Executive Director

Phone: (937) 497-7800 (Monday through Friday between 8:00 am and 4:00 pm)
Fax: (937) 497-7799

The Community Foundation of Shelby County
Courtview Center, Suite 202
100 South Main Avenue
Sidney, Ohio 45365-2771


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Geographic Focus:

USA: Ohio: Shelby County and surrounding areas