The Greater Toledo Community Foundation is inviting applications for its Community Impact Grant program to support a variety of services in the fields of education, social services, physical and mental health, neighbourhood and urban affairs, natural resources, and the arts.
The Community Impact grant program provides seed money for new, innovative programming that addresses unmet community needs or expands successful programming to reach unique audiences. Emphasis is placed on programs that will: Create safe, positive living environments; Enable families to develop the skills/resources needed to support and nurture each member; and Foster the development of responsible young people who are capable of achieving their fullest potential.
- Requests of $50,000 or more will be considered.
- The Foundation seeks transformational projects with the potential to impact the community for years to come. For this reason, eligible applicants must have an established organizational infrastructure with a track record of success.
- To qualify for funding consideration from the Community Impact grant program, organizations must have been in existence for a minimum of five years and have an operating budget of $500,000 or greater. Organizations that do not meet these requirements may partner to submit a collaborative project request, provided the combined operating budgets of the project partners equal $500,000 or more. Organizations proposing significant partnerships including shared back-office strategies or potential mergers should also consider applying for support through the Strategic Alliance Partnership funding opportunity.
- Grants will only be awarded to nonprofit, charitable organizations which have been designated as having tax-exempt status under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service code. Applications must propose to provide services benefitting residents of northwest Ohio or southeast Michigan.
Grant Review Criteria
Competitive grant proposals will address the following:
- Promote coordination, cooperation and sharing among organizations. Applications which propose deep partnerships among organizations will receive high priority consideration.
- Demonstrate a clear understanding of other organizations providing similar services in the immediate geographic area and represent an unduplicated opportunity to meet a significant community need.
- Demonstrate a clear understanding of relevant community planning efforts and how the proposed program may correspond to and advance those plans.
- Encourage more efficient use of community resources.
- Test or demonstrate new approaches and techniques in the solution of community problems.
- Propose a specific program rather than general operating support for the organization.
- Include a thoughtful, reasonable plan for obtaining continuing financial support once Foundation funds are expended.
- Propose to generate matching funds, thus leveraging additional support.
How To Apply
- Specific grant guidelines and grant application forms are provided for each grant opportunity as each fund supports a unique area. Only proposals submitted using the Foundation’s online application process will be considered. No hard copies will be accepted. Proposals, including all required attachments, must be received by midnight of the application deadline date in order to be considered for funding.
- Organizational due diligence attachments (board list, IRS letter, financial statements, budget, background) must be submitted with every grant application made to Greater Toledo Community Foundation, with the exception of applications made to the First Solar Corporate Charitable Fund and the Mud Hens-Walleye Transportation Fund. Faxed, emailed, mailed and/or delivered attachments will not be accepted. Acceptable file types include Word, Excel and PDF only.
- Note that the Greater Toledo Community Foundation suggests that you clearly name the files. Before you upload these attachments to their application portal, save these documents on your own computer with a name that matches the attachment type and includes your organization’s name. (For example, “Board List – ABC Services Agency” or “Operating Budget – ABC Services Agency.”)
- Prior to submitting a proposal, applicants are encouraged to call the Foundation at 419.241.5049. The Foundation’s program staff is available to answer questions you may have regarding the grant application process. Please review the Nonprofit FAQ for answers to common questions about the application process.
For more information, visit https://www.toledocf.org/grants-2/#tcf__grant-4388