Lakeland Community Foundation

Simple Grants. Rapid Response. Big Impact.

What can a $500 grant do? It can buy kits for an afterschool STEM program, or packs of markers for an art therapy group for seniors. It can have a huge impact on smaller organizations that are reaching out to make a difference in their community.

With a generous gift of almost $1M from the Lakeland Community Foundation, the Community Foundation was able to launch our first minigrant program which provides financial support to organizations of all sizes.

Helping Organizations of All Sizes

This program offers grants of $500 to nonprofit organizations serving Lorain County. The minigrants have a simple online application and will be awarded monthly. Interest earned from the assets of the Lakeland Community Foundation Endowment Fund supports the minigrant program, forever preserving the foundation’s commitment to serve the broader community.

  • A new cycle opens on the first of each month and closes when all available dollars have been distributed.
  • Applications are awarded on a first come first serve basis to qualified organizations in good standing with the IRS and State of Ohio.  Organizations are encouraged to apply early.
  • Grant seekers can only receive funding once in a calendar year regardless of the number of submitted applications.

The mission of Lakeland Community Foundation has been to support the cultural, charitable, educational, and scientific needs and activities of smaller nonprofit agencies and organizations of Greater Lorain County. Prior to partnering with the Community Foundation, the Lakeland Community Foundation served primarily smaller nonprofit organizations, and by extension the greater community, with simple, rapidly responsive grants. Since 1997, the foundation has awarded over $2M in grants.