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Community Builder Grant

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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 of up to $25,000 to Ohio and Michigan nonprofit organizations for programs that benefit individuals and families in the funding source's service area. Proposals may address a variety of focus areas, including education, the arts, physical and mental health, natural resources, neighborhood and urban affairs, and social services. Funding is intended to enhance the quality of life for residents of northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan with a particular emphasis on the greater Toledo area.

The Community Builder grant program offers grants in the following three categories:

  1. To provide seed money for new, innovative programming that addresses unmet community needs,
  2. To expand successful programming in order to reach unique audiences, or
  3. To provide capacity-building benefits to existing nonprofit organizations. 

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.

In the area of capacity building, the foundation is specifically interested in requests that illustrate how funding will advance the applicant organization to a higher level of operational, programmatic, financial or organizational sophistication. Proposals that promote continuous improvement strategies aimed at increasing sustainability and impact will be prioritized. For activities that are eligible for consideration through the capacity building category, see

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 193131

Estimated Size of Grant:

The Community Builder grant program offers grants of up to $25,000.

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.

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

The Foundation usually will not make grants from its Community Builder 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.
- Conduct a needs assessment.

Pre-Application Information:

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

The Foundation considers grant requests two times annually. The deadline dates for proposals are: January 15 and July 15. Proposals must be received by 11:59 p.m. of the application deadline in order 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 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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