Community Foundation of Shelby County’s Community Grants Program (Ohio)

The Community Foundation of Shelby County is seeking applications for its Community Grants Program to cultivate, administer and distribute legacy gifts for the benefit of their community.

Donor Name: The Community Foundation of Shelby County

State:  Ohio

County: Shelby County (OH)

Type of Grant: Grant

Deadline (mm/dd/yyyy): 01/20/2022

Size of the Grant: up to $15,000


People who through their wills or during their lifetimes create charitable funds usually determine the scope of charitable causes that may be supported by the fund. Sometimes the Foundation board is given discretion to award grants. These ‘community granting’ funds may have few or no granting.

Community Grants are awarded to not-for-profit organizations through the Community Impact Fund, as well as the Roscoe Beanblossom Fund (youth), the F.I.S.H. Fund (food, clothing, housing, utilities, life-sustaining medications), John Douglas Long Blind Fund (blindness or serious vision impairment), The Memory Fund (children, seniors or veterans), Prime the Pump Fund in loving memory of Alma Wilson Allinger and Robert Lochard Allinger (community service organizations and Foundation initiatives), and the Shelby County Medical Services Fund (medical).

Community Grant Priorities

Many types of projects may be considered for Community Grants. The Foundation typically looks for several
of the following key elements in applications:

  • Serves a large number of Shelby County residents.
  • If ongoing, the project can be sustained after the grant is exhausted.
  • An unduplicated program/project.
  • Diversity in those who are served.
  • Prevention of illnesses or societal problems.

Funding Information

Grants may be in any amount up to $15,000.

Eligible Criteria

  • Tax-exempt organizations as described in § 501(c)(3) of the IRS tax code, as well as government agencies, are eligible to apply for grants.
  • Organizations that are not public charities may apply through a fiscal sponsor or, if incorporated as an Ohio nonprofit entity, by satisfying steps in our expenditure responsibility process.
  • Organizations must serve residents of Shelby County, Ohio and surrounding areas.
  • They are unable to award grants to individuals, except in the case of scholarships, which are awarded directly to the educational institution on behalf of the student, or if you qualify for vision assistance through the John Douglas Long Blind Fund.

For more information, visit Community Grants.