The Community Foundation of Lorain County has a variety of funding opportunities for nonprofits serving Lorain County residents.
General Grant Cycle
Affiliate Fund Grants
Lakeland Community Foundation Minigrants (monthly deadline)
All grant applications are now available through the same online grants website. This is a one-stop shop to apply to any of the above funding opportunities as well as to submit grant reports. If applying online is a barrier, please contact us and we will work with you. For grant cycle deadlines, refer to the Grant Cycle tab below.
CLICK HERE to be taken to our online grants website. Here is a quick tutorial on how to set up a profile in order to apply. You can preview of copy of the grant application for the General Cycle here.
The Board is very concerned about accountability and sustainability of programs. Organizations should have a diversified funding base. The Board is also interested in innovative programs that are responsive to community needs, partnerships, and collaborative efforts. Lower priority is given to capital and equipment requests, services required by state law, and duplication of existing services.
Grant seekers may only apply once per calendar year. Organizations must be located in or provide services to residents within Lorain County. Grant seekers outside Lorain County must provide information on Lorain County residents served. Grants will only be awarded to tax-exempt organizations classified as 501(c)(3) charities by the Internal Revenue Service. If your program does not have a tax-exempt ruling from the IRS, please complete the Fiscal Sponsor Information Form.
Reporting requirements from prior grants must be fulfilled before applying again. Grants will not be made to individuals, for debt reduction, loans, for-profit businesses, tickets for benefits, annual appeals, tours, telephone solicitations, political campaigns, and religious activities. Scholarships will only be paid to accredited educational institutions (no payments to students).