Applicants must be local Crawford County 501(c)3 nonprofits that are impacted as an organization or serve clients impacted by COVID-19. Organizations need to demonstrate that they are facing new and/or unmet financial burdens because of the COVID-19 crisis and may seek general operating revenue. Priority will be given to organizations that provide basic needs and essential health and human services to our community.
Links to the grant application can be found in the green box at the top left hand side of this page or in the gray box at the bottom of this page.
Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis through the outbreak and recovery phases of the crisis. As the impact to the community becomes better known, we anticipate accepting applications for some time to come. We understand the inherent urgency requests at this time will have and will be expeditious in our review and communication of a decision within one week after the application has been submitted whenever possible.
If you have questions about applying for assistance, see the FAQs below, or email or call 419-562-3958.
FAQs for Nonprofit Organizations
Are there any ineligible grant requests?
Yes. The following are ineligible requests from the Foundation...
- The Foundation does not plan to support “Start-up” programs for more than one or two years, and it must be demonstrated that the program will be financed or be self-supporting beyond the start-up year. Financial figures should be shown to support this.
- Annual campaigns, local or national;
- Endowment programs (other than previously determined school endowments);
- Sectarian religious purposes, except for “designated” grants which have been accepted by the Foundation;
- Political campaigns;
- Graduate fellowships and travel grants to individuals, except for “designated” grants/scholarships that have been accepted by the Foundation; or
- Those organizations that have not completed prior grant requirements.
What are the evaluation criteria?
Our first priority is organizations meeting basic needs and essential health and human services to our community and its citizens.
Is there an average grant award?
No. Grants will be dependent on organizational need, both in terms of financial impact and impact towards fulfilling the organization's mission, and available funding.
Do I need to apply for SBA loans first?
Agencies should apply for applicable state and federal assistance before completing the Foundation application. We encourage nonprofits to look over The National Council of Nonprofits' Loans Available for Nonprofits in the CARES Act as a resource. Please note that we do not give legal or financial advice. You should seek legal or financial advice from your accountant, lawyer, and/or local bank agent.
If my organization has a fund at the Foundation, do we need to access it first?
We encourage agencies to explore all options during this crisis, including accepting their annual distribution from their agency/designated funds at the Foundation.
Are there other options for help?
A few additional local funding resources include:
- United Way of North Central Ohio's Community Relief Fund
- Galion Community Foundation
- John Q. Shunk Association
- Gannett Foundation
This is by no means a complete list of available funding.