Stranahan Foundation: Grants for K-12 Education

OVERVIEW: Based in Toledo, Ohio, the Stranahan Foundation supports nonprofit organizations in the areas of education, physical and mental health, ecology, arts and culture, and human services. Its education grants reach a broad range of programs at the local and national levels. 

IP TAKE: The Stranahan Foundation generously funds non-profits in the greater Toledo, Ohio area. Proposals from nonprofits outside of this area are accepted by invitation.

PROFILE: The Stranahan Foundation was established in 1944 in Toledo, Ohio by brothers Frank and Robert Stranahan, who founded the Champion Spark Plug Company. The foundation seeks “to assist individuals and groups in their efforts to become more self-sufficient and to contribute to the improvement of society and the environment.” The foundation’s grantmaking priorities include education, physical and mental health, ecological well-being, arts and culture, and human services.

While the foundation does not maintain many specific programs, it does fund a broad array of K-12 concerns. Past initiatives include improving educational quality, arts education, alternative learning programs, and community service. Projects funded through Stranhan’s other initiatives have also served K-12 programs and populations. 

The Stranahan Foundation supports AMIKids, a personal development program for at risk children and teens in the Southern United States, and VEGGIE U, a national gardening and nutrition curriculum for elementary school classrooms. Stranahan prioritizes organizations in the Toledo, Ohio area, and runs a small grants-immediate needs program for local organizations that have been previously funded. For organizations in other parts of the country, only those that are invited may apply for grants.

The foundation’s application process begins with a letter of inquiry followed by an invitation to apply for funding. Only 501 (c) 3 organizations are eligible for grants. Inquiry and application due dates are posted on the foundation website. 

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