Grants

Apply for a Grant

The Community Foundation of Lorain County has various funding opportunities for non-profit organizations that serve Lorain County residents in Arts and Culture, Education and Youth, Health and Human Services, and Strengthening Lorain County.  Our grant applications are available through our online grant portal.

All applications are due by 11:59 PM on the due date, regardless if it is a weekend or holiday. If applying online is a barrier, we encourage you to contact us, and we will work with you to ensure you can submit a grant request.

Grant Cycle Calendar

Beginning in 2021, the deadline for all grant cycles is 11:59 PM on their scheduled due date regardless if the day falls on a weekend or holiday. To apply, you must log into our online grants portal.

GRANTDESCRIPTIONCYCLE OPENSDEADLINEBOARD DECISIONPREVIEW APPLICATION
February Community GrantGeneral operating and project support for organizations serving Lorain County.January 1February 1 Late JulyPreview Application
July Community GrantGeneral operating and project support for organizations serving Lorain County.June 1July 1Late December
African American Community FundSupport for projects that improve the quality of life for the African American community of Lorain County. October 15November 15Late JanuaryPreview Application
Hispanic FundProvides grants to programs that are committed to improving and promoting socioeconomic and educational opportunities within the Hispanic community. April 30May 31July
Women’s FundAwards grants to organizations that support social, educational, and artistic projects by, for, and delivered to women and children.August 1September 1Late OctoberPreview Application
Youth FundProvides grants to teachers that have created a program that is not only part of their curriculum but also provides a service to the community.October 1November 1DecemberPreview Application
Lakeland Community Foundation Mini-grantsAwards $500 mini-grants to non-profit organizations based in Lorain County. Beginning of each monthRolling Deadline Rolling DecisionPreview Application
Lorain County 4 Ukraine Emergency Response FundProvides up to $5,000 to local non-profit organizations supporting Ukrainian refugees who have relocated to Lorain County.June 21, 2022Rolling DeadlineRolling DecisionPreview Application

Priorities

  • The Board is interested in innovative programs that are responsive to community needs, partnerships, and collaborative efforts. Lower priority is given to capital and equipment requests, mandated services, and duplication of existing services.
  • The Community Foundation of Lorain County has four primary funding areas: Arts and Culture, Education and Youth, Health and Human Services, and Strengthening Lorain County.

Eligibility 

  • For the Community Grant Cycles, grant seekers may only apply once per calendar year (February/July grant cycles).   Grant Seekers are welcome to apply for additional Affiliate Fund Grants.
  • 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.
  • Grant awards will only go 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 submitting a new application.
  • 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).
  • The Board is very concerned about the accountability and sustainability of programs. Organizations should have a diversified funding base.

If you experience any technical difficulties, please contact our office at foundation@peoplewhocare.org or 440.984.7390.