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Grants to Ohio and Michigan Nonprofits for Programs
that Enhance the Quality of Life for Local Residents

Community Impact Grant

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Greater Toledo Community Foundation (GTCF)

Deadline Date:

01/15/22 11:59 PM Receipt


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Grants to Ohio and Michigan nonprofit organizations for original programs and services that benefit local residents in the funding source's service area. Funding is intended for initiatives that have the potential for long-term impact on the community. Eligible organizations must propose services that enhance the quality of life for individuals and families in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan with a particular emphasis on the greater Toledo area.

Grants from the Community Impact grant program support a variety of services in the fields of education, social services, physical and mental health, neighborhood and urban affairs, natural resources, and the arts. 

The Community Impact grant program provides seed money for new, innovative programming that addresses unmet community needs or expands successful programming to reach unique audiences. Emphasis is placed on programs that will: Create safe, positive living environments; Enable families to develop the skills/resources needed to support and nurture each member; and 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. The Foundation has a particular interest in supporting projects that use data to drive continuous improvement of service delivery to achieve greater impact. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 193130

Estimated Size of Grant:

Requests in the amount of $50,000 or greater will be considered.

Term of Contract:

Multi-year requests are eligible and encouraged if the applicant organization can show an expected progression of the project over time.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Grants will only be awarded to nonprofit, charitable organizations that have been designated as having tax-exempt status under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service code. Eligible applicants must have an established organizational infrastructure with a track record of success.

To qualify for funding consideration from the Community Impact grant program, organizations must have been in existence for a minimum of five years and have an operating budget of $500,000 or greater. Organizations that do not meet these requirements may partner to submit a collaborative project request, provided the combined operating budgets of the project partners equals $500,000 or more.

The Foundation only makes grants to nonprofit organizations and not to individuals.

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

Pre-Application Information:

Deadline: Saturday, January 15th, 2022, 11:59 pm

The Foundation considers grant requests two times annually. The deadline dates for Letters of Intent (LOI) are: January 15 and July 15. Proposals must be received by 11:59 p.m. of the application deadline to be considered for funding.

Prior to submitting a proposal, applicants are encouraged to call the Foundation. The Foundation’s program staff is available to answer questions you may have regarding the grant application process.

The Community Impact grant program employs a two-step application process. Step one is the submission of a LOI. The LOI should succinctly describe the proposed project and detail how it meets the priorities of the fund. After review by the Foundation’s professional staff and Board of Trustees, a select group of projects will be invited to submit full applications.

The Board of Trustees meets approximately two to three months subsequent to each deadline date to make 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.

Contact Information:

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

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For additional information, please contact:
Patrick Johnston, Vice President, Community Investments
Greater Toledo Community Foundation
300 Madison Avenue, Suite 1300
Toledo, OH 43604
Telephone: 419.241.5049

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