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 July
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 non-profit organizations and teachers who provide youth development and educational opportunities to youth in Lorain County.November 1December 1Late JanuaryPreview Application
COVID-19 Response FundDeploys much-needed resources to organizations that work with people and communities that are adversely impacted by COVID-19.To be announcedRolling DeadlineRolling Decision
Lakeland Community Foundation MinigrantsAwards $500 minigrants to nonprofit organizations based in Lorain County. Beginning of each monthRolling Deadline Rolling DecisionPreview Application
Racial Equity FundProvides funds to organizations that support the transformation of structures and systems with the goal of providing access and equal experiencesNovember 10, 2021December 31, 2021Late JanuaryPreview 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.