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The Community Foundation of Lorain County is dedicated to enriching the lives of those living and working in Lorain County, Ohio.

Grant Seekers

Welcome to our grantseekers page!


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. 

You will be asked to enter your National Taxonomy of Exempt Entities (NTEE) Code. It is part of your nonprofit’s record on GuideStar.org or you can look it up here https://501c3lookup.org/


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.  To view and download a copy of a grant application for any cycle that is currently open, click hereNOTE:  In order to officially apply, you must create a profile in our online grants website and fill out the online grant application.

 If you experience any technical difficulties please contact our office at 440-984-7390.


Eligibility and Priorities

Grant Priorities

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).

Connect with Us

Linda-Styer Linda Ong Styer
Senior Program Officer

Through our efforts, the Foundation seeks to improve the quality of life and to instill a greater sense of unity in Lorain County.

We value community, which we define as putting self aside for the betterment of the whole.

We provide a permanent instrument for receiving and managing charitable gifts and bequests.

We believe integrity is our greatest asset and value trust earned with fiscal responsibility, ethical stewardship, and transparency

We exercise and promote leadership in meeting the changing needs and opportunities in the community.

We believe access to the CFLC should be fair, inclusive, and equitable.

We believe strategy, creativity, and adaptability are keys to thriving in a constantly changing world.

We value excellence, which we define as providing the best service to all.

We believe in purposeful and collaborative community leadership.

We believe the perpetuity of our efforts are linked to sustainable practices.

We support innovative programs and act as a catalyst in identifying problems and sharing information with individuals, other foundations, and corporations.

We work to mobilize individuals to become active partners in building a better community.

We value integrity, which we define as always doing the right thing.