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Virginia W. Kettering Foundation (VWKF) Grant

Grants to Ohio Nonprofits, Agencies, and Religious
Organizations for Community Services in Eligible Counties

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Kettering Family Philanthropies (KFP) - Virginia W. Kettering Foundation (VWKF)

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Grants to Ohio nonprofits, government agencies, and religious organizations for community services in eligible counties. Applicants must submit a request summary prior to applying. The Foundation invites applications for charitable activities within the counties of Greene, Montgomery, Miami, Clark, Preble, Darke, Warren, and Butler, as well as the Cincinnati Zoo, Kettering University, and the Sloan-Kettering Institute.

The Virginia W. Kettering Foundation (VWKF) will consider activities in the following categories: 

  • Arts, Culture and Humanities
  • Education
  • Environment
  • Health/Medical
  • Human Services
  • Public/Society Benefit

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 181848

Term of Contract:

Requests for multi-year grants will not be accepted.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Organizations that are not units of government or affiliated with a religious organization must have a current 501(c)(3) determination letter from the IRS.

Fiscal sponsorships will be accepted, but only under special circumstances.

A Request Summary will not be accepted for any of the following purposes:
- Religious organizations for religious purposes
- Individual public elementary or secondary schools or public school districts
- Multi-year grants
- To add to or create an endowment fund
- Grants or loans to individuals
- Tickets, advertising or sponsorships of fundraising events
- Efforts to carry on propaganda or otherwise attempt to influence legislation
- Activities of 509(a)(3) Type III Supporting Organization

Pre-Application Information:

It is strongly recommended to contact the Foundation’s office to discuss your proposed program before you start the application process.

Request Summaries for the Kettering Family Philanthropies next grant cycle will be accepted from December 1, 2019 until January 31, 2020.

If your organization is invited to submit a Full Proposal during the current grant cycle, the deadline to submit Full Proposals is September 16, 2019.

Application Process:
KFP uses a two-step application review process that operates on a biannual cycle, December – May and June – November. The appropriate KFP Committee (Committee) first reviews a Request Summary. If interested, the Committee will invite the applicant to submit a Full Proposal.

Submit the Request Summary by the due date, either January 31 or July 31. If these dates fall on a weekend or holiday, the information is due the next business day. You will receive an e-mail confirming receipt of your submission. You will be advised by e-mail of the outcome of the Committee’s review in approximately three weeks.

If you have received an e-mail inviting you to submit a Full Proposal, access your Account to complete the process. Full Proposals are due March 15 or September 15. If these dates fall on a weekend or holiday, the information is due the next business day. You will receive an e-mail confirming receipt of your submission. You will be contacted if additional information is needed. A site visit may be requested.

Notice of approval or denial will be communicated to you within 10 days of the Committee’s meeting.

Generally, grants are paid within 45 days of the Committee’s meeting.

Faxed, mailed, or hand-delivered Request Summaries and Full Proposals will not be accepted, unless KFP has agreed to an exception.

Please read these Helpful Hints before filling out the application form:

Contact Information:

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

Register online to apply:
937-228-1021 (KFP is in the Eastern time zone)

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Ohio: Montgomery, Greene, Clark, Miami, Darke, Preble, Butler, and Warren Counties; Kettering University, the Cincinnati Zoo, and the Sloan-Kettering Institute

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