Grants

Learn About Grants

The Community Foundation of Lorain County offers various funding opportunities for non-profit organizations serving Lorain County residents. Eligible non-profits can apply for the following grant cycles: Community Grant Cycles, Affiliate Fund Cycles and a Monthly Rolling Mini-Grant Cycle.

Our Community Grant Cycles focus on the following areas: Arts & Culture and Strengthening Lorain County, Education & Youth Development and Health & Human Services.

Grant applications are accessible through our online grant portal. All applications must be submitted by 11:59 PM on the specified due date, regardless of whether it falls on a weekend or holiday. If online submission poses a challenge, please get in touch with us for assistance in submitting your grant request.

2024 Grant Opportunities

The deadline for all grant cycles is 11:59 PM on their scheduled due date, regardless of whether the day falls on a weekend or holiday. To apply, you must log in to our online grants portal. If you need any help with online submission, please get in touch with us for support, and we will assist you in completing your application.

GrantsDescriptionNTEE CodesOpenCloseDecisions
Health & Human Services Community Grant CycleProvides general operational and project support for non-profit organizations that serve Lorain County through Health and Human Services. E, F, G, H, I, J, K, L, M, N, and P January 1February 1May
Education & Youth Development Community Grant Cycle Provides general operational and project support for non-profit organizations that serve Lorain County through Education and Youth Development.B and O March 1 April 1 July 
Arts & Culture and Strengthening Lorain County Community Grants Cycle Provides general operating and project support for non-profit organizations serving Lorain County through Arts & Culture and Strengthening Lorain County.A, R, S, T, U, V, W, and X June 1 July 1 October 
African American Community FundSupport for projects that improve the quality of life for the African American community of Lorain County.  AllOctober 15November 15January
Hispanic FundProvides grants to programs committed to improving and promoting socioeconomic and educational opportunities within the Hispanic community.  AllApril 30May 31July
Women’s FundAward grants to organizations supporting social, educational, and artistic projects by, for, and delivering to women and children. AllAugust 1September 1October
Youth FundAwards grants to non-profit organizations that provide programs and services for the youth in Lorain County. AllOctober 1November 1December
Lakeland Community Foundation Mini-grantsAwards $500 mini-grants to non-profit organizations based in Lorain County. AllBeginning of each monthEnd of Month DeadlineMonthly
Rolling Decision

Grant Requirements

Priorities

The Board prioritizes innovative programs that address community needs and promote partnerships and collaboration. Lower priority is given to capital and equipment requests, mandated services, and duplication of existing services.

Funding Areas

The Community Foundation of Lorain County focuses on four primary areas:

  • Arts and Culture
  • Education and Youth
  • Health and Human Services
  • Strengthening Lorain County

Eligibility

  • Application Limit: For Community Grant Cycles, grant seekers may apply once per calendar year but can apply for additional Affiliate Fund Grants.
  • Location Requirement: Organizations must be located in or serve residents within Lorain County. Organizations outside Lorain County must detail the Lorain County residents served.
  • Tax-Exempt Status: Only 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organizations are eligible. Complete the Fiscal Sponsor Information Form if your program needs a tax-exempt ruling.
  • Reporting: Prior grant reporting requirements must be fulfilled before submitting a new application.
  • Ineligible Requests: Grants will not be awarded for debt reduction, loans, for-profit businesses, benefit tickets, annual appeals, tours, telephone solicitations, political campaigns, or religious activities. Scholarships are only awarded through accredited educational institutions.

The Board values accountability and sustainability in programs. Organizations should demonstrate a diversified funding base.

For technical difficulties, please contact us at foundation@peoplewhocare.org or 440.984.7390.