Columbus Foundation: Grants for Ohio

OVERVIEW: The Columbus Foundation supports community needs, health, animal welfare, community improvement, conservation, youth development, substance abuse, special populations, and more in central Ohio.

FUNDING AREAS: Community needs, health, animal welfare, community improvement, conservation, youth development, substance abuse, special populations

IP TAKE: This well-established community funder is involved in pretty much every aspect of nonprofit life in central Ohio and is an essential foundation to know here.

PROFILE: Established in 1943, the Columbus Foundation is a community foundation based in Columbus, Ohio. Harrison M. Sayre and other passionate citizens created this foundation to improve the quality of life in central Ohio. The foundation aims to “assist donors and others in strengthening and improving our community for the benefit of all its residents.” It supports local community needs, health, animal welfare, community improvement, conservation, youth development, substance abuse, special populations, and more.

The Columbus Foundation hosts optional grants information sessions to encourage nonprofits to ask questions about the application system and process. These are highly recommended sessions because the foundation awards grants through many different funds for various purposes. Funds for targeted needs include the Columbus and Franklin County Garden Grants, Neighborhood Partnership Grants, and the Dorothy E. Ann Fund. The Fund for Innovative Operations supports arts and culture and a summer fellowship program. The Fund for Financial Innovation supports social enterprise, partnerships, acquisitions, and mergers. Other Columbus Foundation grants come from the Fund for Capital Improvements, Paul G. Duke Foundation, Columbus Youth Foundation, Ingram-White Castle Foundation, L Brands Foundation, and Siemer Family Foundation.

Grants range between about $5,000 and $100,000. Learn more about this funder’s local giving by examining its recent tax records. Grantmaking focuses on the city of Columbus and elsewhere in central Ohio. Past local grantees include the Columbus Metropolitan Library Foundation, Columbus Museum of Art, and Columbus School for Girls.

This foundation accepts unsolicited grant applications from nonprofits for certain funds. The funder lists application deadlines for its various funds on its website, and these deadlines occur throughout the year. Direct general questions to the staff at contactus@columbusfoundation.org or 614-251-4000.

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