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Nellie Leaman Taft Foundation Grant

Grants to USA Nonprofits in Multiple States for
Arts, Arts Education, and the Environment

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Foundation / Corporation

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Ignite Philanthropy Advisors - Nellie Leaman Taft Foundation

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Deadline Date:

07/14/18 6:00 PM EST


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Grants ranging from $5,000 to $15,000 to California, Maine, Massachusetts, and Ohio nonprofit organizations to promote the environment, arts, and arts education in eligible communities. Preliminary applications are due April 10. Please note that applicants must contact program staff to obtain access to the preliminary application.

Geographic Focus

The Foundation makes grants that benefit citizens of Greater Cincinnati, Ohio; Mid-Coast Maine; Boston inside the Route 495 beltway; and Orange County, California. Mid-Coast Maine is defined as the towns of Bath/Brunswick/Topsham, Belfast, Boothbay Harbor, Camden/Rockport/Lincolnville, Cushing, Damariscotta, Rockland/Thomaston/Owls Head, Searsport and Union.

In a typical grant year, the Foundation spreads the grants around the geographic areas, with the majority of grants to be made in Cincinnati.

The majority of 2018 grants will be awarded in the Cincinnati area. Competitive grants will continue to be made in Boston, Mid-Coast Maine and Orange County, California.

Fields of Interest:

The Arts and Arts Education:
The Foundation’s interest in the arts is concerned with, but not limited to, helping small and mid-size organizations and new projects, which expand education in the arts for children and youth, particularly for those who may not otherwise receive any arts education. Although the Foundation welcomes applications to support any area of the arts, the primary focus is on visual arts, music and theatre. Exhibitions, performing arts and video projects will be considered. The majority of Competitive Grants will be for this field of interest.

The Environment:
The Foundation’s environmental funding is focused on promoting greater human well-being by supporting grassroots and other efforts to promote clean air, protect water resources and coastal areas, and preserve open space resources, including recreational space and natural areas in urban, rural and wilderness locations. Fewer than half of the Competitive Grants will be given for this field of interest.

Grant Range and Types of Grants:

Types of grants include seed funding for new ideas and initiatives, start-up and on-going support for grass roots organizations, and entrepreneurial projects that may enable an organization or its constituents to achieve greater self-sufficiency. The Foundation has a preference for small to mid-sized organizations and typically does not fund large institutions.

In addition to making outright grants, the Foundation makes occasional challenge and conditional grants. These grants generally are intended to achieve a greater long-term benefit for the grantee.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 180098

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Number of Grants:

The Foundation makes about 10 grants in a typical year.

Estimated Size of Grant:

The Foundation’s typical grant range is $5,000 to $15,000.

Term of Contract:

Grant projects must not begin before the grant is awarded. However, in most cases, projects are expected to begin within 90 days after the funds are received.

Grants are awarded for projects starting in the fall of 2018 or in some cases, later than that. Grants for 2018 spring or summer projects are not eligible.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

All applicants must be tax exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service Code and must be classified as “not a private foundation” under Section 509(a) of the Code. No grants are awarded until evidence of public charity status is verified.

The Foundation does not make awards for programs which fall outside its fields of interest and geographic focus and it does not make grants for:
-Major capital projects
-Individuals, including scholarships for specified individuals
-Advocacy and community organizing
-Grantees which have not submitted progress reports for previous grants
-Organizations which have received a grant in the past two years
-Organizations that have been turned down for grants in the past two years
-Projects that have already been completed.

Grants to support individual artists will no longer be accepted.

Pre-Application Information:

The Foundation solicits new project ideas through a simple Preliminary Application. Please contact Annemarie Henkel to discuss your idea and request access to the Preliminary Application Form.

Preliminary Applications are due by 6:00 PM EST on April 10 and are reviewed by the board in May. Applicants invited to submit a full proposal will be notified by May 31, with proposals due on July 14.

For full proposals, the Foundation uses an online grant application process. If invited to submit a full proposal, you will receive instructions at that time for the online application process.

Only applications submitted online will be accepted; no paper copies.

Funding decisions will be announced by September 30 with payment by October 31.

Based on recent history, in a typical year, the Foundation:
-Reviews 50 Preliminary Applications.
-Requests full proposals from 15-20 organizations.
-Awards Competitive Grants totaling $100,000 or more.

Application Calendar:
-April 10: Preliminary Applications Due
-May 31: Notifications Sent
-July 14: Full Proposals Due (invitation only)
-Sept. 1: Previous Year’s Progress Reports Due
-Sept. 30: Grant Award Notifications Sent
-Oct. 31: Grant Checks Mailed

How to Apply:

Contact Information:

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

Annemarie Henkel, Vice President

Ignite Philanthropy
308 E. 8th Street, 4th Floor
Cincinnati, OH 45202

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Geographic Focus:

USA: California: Orange County;   Maine: Mid-Coast: defined as the towns of Bath/Brunswick/Topsham, Belfast, Boothbay Harbor, Camden/Rockport/Lincolnville, Cushing, Damariscotta, Rockland/Thomaston/Owls Head, Searsport, and Union;   Massachusetts: Boston, inside the Route 495 beltway;   Ohio: Greater Cincinnati