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Stranahan Foundation Grant

Grants to Toledo, Ohio Nonprofits for Health, Arts,
Education, and Human Services Programming

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Stranahan Foundation

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Deadline Date:

07/01/18 Noon ET


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Grants to Toledo, Ohio nonprofits for programs in the areas of physical and mental health, education, arts and culture, ecological well-being, and human services. A Letter of Inquiry is due May 1, 2018. Funding is available for start-up programs, capital support, and operating costs.

More on the Foundation's five priority areas:

- Support initiatives that will increase the quality of education for students at the preschool, primary, and secondary levels, and/or promote access to quality educational programs
- Support learning institutions that value independent thinking, artistic appreciation, cultural, economic, and ethnic diversity, and community service
- Support and provide access to programs that offer alternatives to traditional educational opportunities (for example, career-oriented or vocational training, etc.)
- Support small manageable programs within institutions of higher learning

Physical and Mental Health:
Support for programs – in both the physical and mental health arenas - that build healthy communities, with a particular interest in those that:
- Create better access to care
- Educate people to take better care of themselves and their families
- Support alternative care methods
- Support preventive measures
- Support research to eradicate health crises

Ecological well-being:
- Preserving or returning to healthy, sustainable communities for both current and future generations
- Conserving and restoring our natural environment
- Educating community members about our natural environment

Arts and culture:
Every person should have access to the creative process and that the arts have a unique and powerful ability to improve the quality of life because they:
- Communicate
- Delight and educate
- Motivate and build self esteem
- Build and reinforce communities
- Have therapeutic value
The Foundation has a particular interest in programs that reach out to and include those who might not otherwise have such opportunities. We are especially excited by programs which directly engage participants, of any age, in the creative process.

Human services:
The Foundation seeks to strengthen our local communities through support for programs that offer disadvantaged families and individuals of all ages:
- Access to services that meet basic human needs
- Opportunities to work, recreate and fully participate in community life
- Avenues for achieving self-sufficiency and making positive contributions to their community

The Stranahan Foundation has a particular interest in considering proposals that exhibit:
- A plan for addressing significant community needs;
- Innovative or unique approaches to solving community problems;
- A focus on addressing root causes of problems;
- Efficient use of community resources. Strong consideration will be given to requests that include plans for coordination, cooperation and sharing among nonprofit organizations, with a view toward strengthening service provision and avoiding unnecessary duplication;
- Support from the community, including potential funders, other nonprofits, community leaders and potential beneficiaries;
- The ability to track and report clear, measurable results;
- A thoughtful, reasonable plan for obtaining continuing financial support from internal and/or external sources once Foundation grant funds are expended.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 180554

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

- All applicants must have current status as a public charity as defined in section 501 (c) 3 of the Internal Revenue Code

- Geographic Eligibility: applicants must either be:
(a) Serving the Toledo, Ohio area, OR;
(b) Invited (to submit a letter of inquiry) by a Stranahan Foundation representative. Unsolicited letters of inquiry from organizations outside the Toledo, Ohio area cannot be considered.

The Foundation will not support organizations that discriminate in the leadership, staffing or service provision on the basis of age, gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability, national origin, political affiliation or religious beliefs.

We respect the importance of religion to many people as well as freedom of religious choice. We do not feel that our funds should promote any particular religion. Religious organizations with proposals for programs clearly related to our funding areas may be considered if our funds are dedicated solely to the specific program, are not used for the advancement of a particular religious persuasion, and if the program is available to all in need, regardless of religious belief.

The Stranahan Foundation does not normally consider proposals for funding in the following areas: personal businesses; reduction or elimination of deficits; projects that are located outside of the United States; endowment fund campaigns; government sponsored or controlled projects; or individuals.

All applicants must, as a first step, submit a letter of inquiry to the Stranahan Foundation. Full proposals are by invitation only and may only be submitted by organizations that are invited to apply AFTER their letter of inquiry has been accepted and reviewed. The Foundation will contact those organizations invited to submit a full proposal and notify those that are not eligible to apply.

Pre-Application Information:

2018 Cycle 1:
November 1, 2017, noon - Letter of Inquiry is due
January 10, 2018, noon - Full application is due

2018 Cycle 2:
May 1, 2018, noon - Letter of inquiry is due
July 1, 2018, noon - Full application is due

Before you submit the letter of inquiry, you must determine and select your grant type (grant types are described below). Your selection of grant type is extremely important as it determines the type of application you will complete if you are invited to submit a full grant application. Review the following descriptions carefully before selecting your grant type. If you are unsure as to which grant type you should select , send your question(s) to Janna Lake.

- Type A – Start Up is for organizations that are requesting start up support for a new program. That is, the grant would be used to launch a new program and cover new expenses that are not currently a part of the organization’s operating budget.
- Type B - Operating is for organizations that are requesting operating support to continue an existing program(s).
- Type D - Capital is for organizations that are requesting funds for capital support (for example, facility construction or renovation).
- Type E - Other should only be used if an organization is instructed to do so by Stranahan Foundation staff. It is rare that a request does not fit within one of the above categories. If you believe that your request does not fit one of the above categories, e-mail Janna Lake to ask whether Type E should be selected.

All potential applicants MUST complete a letter of inquiry (see attached sample letter) as a first step. Answers to the questions on the letter of inquiry form should be brief and clearly stated. Once letters of inquiry are reviewed by the Foundation's Committee, organizations are informed as to whether a full grant application (which is by invitation only) may be submitted. All letters of inquiry must be completed and submitted online via the e-grant system (link appears in Contact Information). E-mailed, faxed or mailed inquiries cannot be accepted.

You will be notified in late November whether your request has been approved. If the request is approved, the earliest that funds would be available would be December 1st. Earliest date funds would be available reflects the earliest date a grant period can commence. The Foundation cannot pay for expenses incurred prior to this time.

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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.

To begin the application process, go to:

NOTE: This site is NOT for submitting applications for the Early Childhood grant program.

Janna Lake

Stranahan Foundation
4169 N. Holland-Sylvania Rd. #201,
Toledo OH 43623
Phone: 419-882-5575

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Ohio: Toledo