Professional Development Grants for Nonprofits in Ohio
Professional Development Grants for Nonprofits in Ohio
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Woodruff Foundation Grant
The Woodruff Foundation welcomes grant requests from tax-exempt, nonprofit organizations located in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, whose work addresses behavioral health through the following focus areas:
- education and prevention
- coordination of resources in the community
Grants will generally be awarded on a one-year basis. The Woodruff Foundation’s general policy is to make only one grant per year directly to an organization. The Foundation does, however, encourage collaboration and partnership among its grantees. The Foundation will consider joint requests from partner agencies, even if one of the partner agencies has already received a grant individually or plans to submit a separate request.
Treatment –Interventions to address mild, moderate, and severe mental illness and addiction. Includes medication management, therapy, counseling, case management, vocational supports, housing, peer support, and recreation.
Education – Efforts to train new behavioral health workers and provide professional development to those working in the field. Also, efforts to instill knowledge about mental health and mental illness and drug and alcohol use and abuse in the general public or in specific at-risk groups.
Prevention – Programs to prevent risky behaviors, to enhance strengths, or to develop competencies that can help to impede further development of mental illness and/or addiction.
Coordination of Resources – The process through which providers or systems are brought into partnership in order to improve access and/or quality of care.
Research – Systematic investigation of questions related to any aspect of mental health, mental illness, or addiction.
Collaboration – Work conducted jointly by two or more organizations or stakeholders. Examples of collaboration might include joint program development, shared staffing, programs to establish shared purchasing, one organization training another to deliver certain interventions, mergers, or consolidations.
Advocacy – Initiatives designed to impact the development of policies that promote and/or increase access to behavioral health care for residents of Cuyahoga County. This can include general advocacy work, research intended to educate policy makers or for a specific advocacy project. The Foundation cannot grant funds specifically for lobbying. The Woodruff Foundation is willing to consider proposals from organizations without a presence in Cuyahoga County for this priority ONLY, provided the applicant can clearly demonstrate how the proposed project would impact the residents of Cuyahoga County. Advocacy initiatives aimed at increasing and strengthening the behavioral health workforce are of particular interest. Partnership with a local organization or Woodruff Foundation grantee is strongly encouraged.
Toledo Community Foundation
NOTE: The Community Impact grant program employs a two-step application process. Step one is the submission of a LOI. The LOI should succinctly describe the proposed project and detail how it meets the priorities of the fund. After review by the Foundation’s professional staff and Board of Trustees, a select group of projects will be invited to submit full applications.
Greater Toledo Community Foundation is a public charitable organization created by citizens of our community to enrich the quality of life for individuals and families in our service area. The Foundation serves northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan with a particular emphasis on the greater Toledo area. Grants from the Community Impact grant program support a variety of services in the fields of education, social services, physical and mental health, neighborhood 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.
EQT is proud to be a part of the many communities where we operate, live and work. We believe strongly that giving back is a responsibility, and we’ve stayed true to that belief since the EQT Foundation was established in 2003 as a dedicated resource for financial, in-kind and volunteer support to communities touched by our business.
Since its inception, the EQT Foundation has awarded more than $74 million to nonprofits throughout the operational footprint of EQT Corporation. We are committed to supporting the education and training of children and adults; the development of diverse, livable communities; and preserving our natural environments.
The EQT Foundation believes in meaningful engagement with the communities it calls home and takes great pride in being a responsible and responsive corporate citizen. The EQT Foundation focuses its resources on areas that have a direct effect on the stability of communities and, in turn, contribute to the success of its business operations in those areas.
The EQT Foundation’s funding strategy endorses organizations and programs that directly impact the community and its residents. The Foundation supports nonprofits that demonstrate positive, needed, and trusted impacts throughout their community with special attention given to proposals grounded in analysis that demonstrate creative approaches to addressing critical issues.
The EQT Foundation also seeks evidence of:
- Geographic setting that aligns with EQT Corporation’s business locations;
- Ability to manage available resources effectively; and
- Outreach that gains solid public recognition and support for the nonprofit, its programs and sponsors.
The Foundation’s funding priorities are:
Encourage the development of diverse, safe, healthy, and sustainable communities, which can help to retain residential, commercial and economic growth.
Examples: Food banks, libraries, farmers markets, arts & music programs, community festivals & initiatives
Education & Workforce
Promote proficiency in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) topics for youth, as well as training programs to create a future skilled workforce.
Examples: In-school STEM-based curricula, computer and science camps, project-based learning, teacher professional development, career planning and preparation
Support the preservation of natural resources, and educate children, residents, and businesses to employ conservation techniques to minimize adverse impacts on the environment.
Examples: community gardens, watershed conservation, environmental education, preservation and restoration of green spaces
National Trust for Historic Preservation
Grants from National Trust Preservation Funds (NTPF) are intended to encourage preservation at the local level by supporting on-going preservation work and by providing seed money for preservation projects. These grants help stimulate public discussion, enable local groups to gain the technical expertise needed for preservation projects, introduce the public to preservation concepts and techniques, and encourage financial participation by the private sector.
A small grant at the right time can go a long way and is often the catalyst that inspires a community to take action on a preservation project. Grants generally start at $2,500 and range up to $5,000. The selection process is very competitive.
National Trust Preservation Fund grants are awarded for planning activities and education efforts focused on preservation. Grant funds can be used to launch new initiatives or to provide additional support to on-going efforts.
Planning: Supporting existing staff (nonprofit applicants only) or obtaining professional expertise in areas such as architecture, archaeology, engineering, preservation planning, land-use planning, and law. Eligible planning activities include, but are not limited to:
- Hiring a preservation architect or landscape architect, or funding existing staff with expertise in these areas, to produce a historic structure report or historic landscape master plan.
- Hiring a preservation planner, or funding existing staff with expertise in this area, to produce design guidelines for a historic district.
- Hiring a real estate development consultant, or funding existing staff with expertise in this area, to produce an economic feasibility study for the reuse of a threatened structure.
- Sponsoring a community forum to develop a shared vision for the future of a historic neighborhood.
- Organizational capacity building activities such as hiring fundraising consultants, conducting board training, etc.
Education and Outreach: Support for preservation education activities aimed at the public. The National Trust is particularly interested in programs aimed at reaching new audiences. Funding will be provided to projects that employ innovative techniques and formats aimed at introducing new audiences to the preservation movement, whether that be through education programming or conference sessions.
Sam J Frankino Foundation
The Sam J. Frankino Foundation is an independent family foundation dedicated to creating opportunities and enhancing the quality of life for children and families in need.
Through this foundation, the Frankino family desires to share God’s blessing by a commitment to philanthropic excellence.
The Foundation awards monetary grants to qualifying institutions and agencies for initiatives designed to improve the quality of life along with the advancement of medical research. We are a family foundation guided by the enduring business philosophy and personal values of Mr. Sam Frankino. His approach to business and community participation were the groundwork for the foundation’s philanthropic direction overall. As Executive Director of the foundation, Lorraine Frankino-Dodero guides the foundation by seeking out and researching charitable organizations that are best able to make a meaningful impact. Building on the legacy of our founder, we believe that the leadership of our grantees will make a profound impact and create lasting change within our community.
About the Foundation
The Sam J. Frankino Foundation (SJFF) supports excellence in education as well as other avenues for child development and personal growth. We seek to partner with organizations or groups to satisfy basic human needs — whether that takes the form of economic assistance for the homeless, local food banks, safe shelters for children and families that fall victim to domestic violence, etc.
SJFF supports community and culture, particularly the Italian-American community. We desire to facilitate pioneering discoveries in medical and surgical research; construction of health care facilities that support the complex healing process; creation and support of the arts; initiatives that strive to protect our environment; and other special projects that affect the lives of children and families in need, primarily within Northeast Ohio
Child & Family
Education is the cornerstone within the life and development of a child. The Sam J. Frankino Foundation is committed to supporting schools and other academic institutions. Future generations of Newtons, Monets, Einsteins, Hemingways, Goodalls, and Jobses will certainly bring amazing discoveries and creations in science, the arts, literature, technology, and more to our world. It begins by providing them with the tools necessary to see beyond their walls.
The Foundation welcomes opportunities to partner with nonprofit organizations that reach out to youth — particularly children who are homeless or within foster care — and that offer physical education programs, thereby encouraging physical as well as mental health.
SJFF also supports programs that seek to help victims of child abuse and domestic violence, whether through women’s shelters, law enforcement programs or judicial avenues. We offer grants for programs and services that empower children and families to overcome poverty or other adversities, thereby fostering hope and inspiring change.
The Sam J. Frankino Foundation welcomes opportunities to support our community and culture, particularly the Italian-American community. We contribute to social, educational, recreational and other creative initiatives for all ages that strengthen community and are dedicated to preserving and enriching our heritage and traditions.
Health & Human Services
It is a mission of the Sam J. Frankino Foundation to help those in need to get the proper care and support to lead productive, rewarding lives.
The SJFF gives high priority to support health care initiatives and organizations that deliver care to the poor, sick and disabled in our community as well as institutions that advance the knowledge of medicine and surgery in maintaining one’s overall health.
SJFF seeks to help the poor, homeless, and broken, primarily within our community, through grants that support programs and services that reach these fragile groups. We also want to help when tragedy strikes – whether a home fire, tornado, or other natural disaster.
Our Foundation continues to support organizations that care for children and adults challenged with physical and developmental disabilities as well as mental health issues. We also honor our valiant, courageous veterans. Sam J. Frankino served as a sergeant in the U.S. Army, and like all veterans, fought to protect the freedoms we hold so dear. We are proud to be able to give back to those who served.
Arts & Culture
The creative spirit and imagination are central to healthy communities. Artistic expression nourishes the soul and breaks down boundaries among races, classes, religions, and cultures. The arts also bring attention to inequalities and celebrate individuality.
Our region is rich with ambitious artists who should be nurtured through support of their creative endeavors. Our Foundation supports professional organizations that create excellent, innovative art and protect art treasures throughout the world.
Beyond the paint, canvas or stage, SJFF supports such worthwhile organizations and programs as zoos, botanical gardens, theaters, museums, symposiums and cultural exhibitions.
Science & Medical
Supporting pioneering discoveries in science, medical research and bioengineering is achieved not only through The Sam J. Frankino Foundation’s generous undergraduate and graduate scholarships but through our financial support of regional health care institutions.
SJFF supports scholastic endeavors and organizations that strive to enrich the lives of those residing primarily in northeast Ohio. We applaud state-of-the art breakthroughs in medical research as well as the delivery of innovative health care solutions.
SJFF demonstrates a history of supporting research and improvements in the areas of:
- Heart Disease
- Multiple Sclerosis
Our Foundation will provide grants to further the understanding of diseases and advance the capabilities of medicine and surgery that may one day bring cures.
Clean air, clean water, land conservation, a sustainable environment–The Sam J. Frankino Foundation is committed to supporting such “green” initiatives. A clean, healthy environment is vital for future generations. All must step up and invest to make this goal achievable.
The Sam J. Frankino Foundation supports partnerships that bring together people who value, nurture and protect the natural environment. The SJF Foundation is specifically interested in increasing the understanding of the environment and our relationship to it and its activities.
Parkersburg Area Community Foundation
Since 1963, the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation & Regional Affiliates has served as a model of grantmaking and philanthropic giving in our region. The Foundation manages many separate charitable funds established by caring citizens to improve our local quality of life and to help address key community issues. Thanks to this partnership, the Foundation has been able to award millions of dollars in grant support to our region's regional nonprofit organizations and programs.
Community Action Grants
Twice a year the Foundation's competitive grant process matches community needs with grants available from the Foundation's Unrestricted and Field of Interest Funds.
Organizations may request up to $15,000. PACF’s average grant is approximately $5,000
What are the PACF’s Funding Priorities?
Community Action Grants are made in the fields of:
- Arts and Culture,
- Health and Human Services,
- Youth and Family Services, and
- Community and Economic Development.
The Foundation focuses on:
- Capital and Equipment Projects,
- Program Development,
- Capacity Building, and
- Operating Support.
Eligibility criteria differ based on the type of support requested, so please review the following descriptions carefully.
Capital and Equipment
Support the renovation or construction of facilities, purchase of major equipment, major repairs to facilities.
Support the development of new services or programs designed to respond to unmet community needs and the expansion of existing programs to serve new audiences.
Support projects that provide an organization with technical assistance and/or training to be able to more effectively meet their mission and/or provide services.
Support projects designed to: Increase financial stability (Type 1); Help a strong organization increase its capacity (Type 2). The Foundation expects to award only a limited number of operating support grants each grant cycle.
Unique Funding Opportunities Available through the PACF
The PACF’s regional affiliate collection of funds, Doddridge County Community Foundation, supports academic-related projects at Doddridge County schools through the Doddridge County Education Foundation Fund. Proposed projects must focus on student development, faculty development or facility development and improvement (support is not available for athletic programs or facilities through this fund). Schools apply for these grants using the PACF’s Community Action Grants Program.
The PACF’s regional affiliate collection of funds, Ritchie County Community Foundation, has funds available to support professional development or post-graduate studies (i.e. coursework beyond undergraduate studies) for Ritchie County educators, as identified by Ritchie County schools, and/or for academic school improvement needs of Ritchie County schools. Schools apply for these grants using the PACF’s spring cycle Community Action Grants Program.
Priority is given to projects that serve communities where the PACF and its affiliates are the only community foundation in operation. Priority counties for Foundation support are: Calhoun, Doddridge, Gilmer, Ritchie, Roane, Wirt and Wood Counties in West Virginia.
Priority is given to projects that:
- have significant impact on the people and communities served by the applicant organization;
- reach new audiences, expand existing programs or services, or respond to emerging needs;
- strengthen the organization’s capacity to deliver its services and meet community needs;
- are well-planned and can reasonably be achieved;
- have a matching grant opportunity or seek a matching grant to leverage more funding;
- have limited access to other sources of support;
Ohio Arts Council
NOTE: All funding for this program has been expended for FY 2023; no new applications will be accepted at the December 2022 deadline. Please check with your program coordinator regarding future projects.
Funding that Strengthens Organizational Ability
The Capacity Building program supports organizations' efforts to improve business practices, or add new knowledge and skills that forward organizations’ missions. Awards may fund technical assistance projects, planning or evaluation work, staff professional development opportunities, or other initiatives that upgrade an organization’s ability to do what they do. These internal projects help Ohio arts providers address new challenges, modernize practices and procedures, and strengthen their ability to serve their constituents.
How the Program Works
Capacity Building grants are six-month or one-year awards for internal organizational development projects. Funds may be used for a variety of expenses in an organization's efforts to improve practices, build skills, or engage in planning. Many grantees use Capacity Building funding to support outside consultant fees. Other allowable expenses include administrative expenses and planning and evaluation costs. The budget section of the Capacity Building application provides a full list of allowable expense areas.
Ohio Department of Natural Resources
NOTE: Applications for WILDLIFE EDUCATION grants are accepted from July 1 to June 30 each state fiscal year, pending available funding. Funding is granted on a first-come, first-serve basis, provided criteria are met.
The ODNR Division of Wildlife offers WILDLIFE EDUCATION grants to local schools, government agencies, nonprofit organizations and other education-oriented facilities. These grants are designed to provide funding for materials, equipment and activities that are otherwise unaffordable to the school or organization; grants can fund multiple projects at one location, but only one grant is permitted each fiscal year (July 1-June 30). This application packet is designed to facilitate the application process, and to make these grants easily accessible to all schools and organizations.
What is the Wildlife Education Grant Program?
Wildlife education is considered any project or program that focuses on and benefits Ohio's wildlife and their habitats. Wildlife education projects and programs function within the premise that every school or organization, regardless of size and location, can provide wildlife-related opportunities that can and should be part of an integrated education program. Wildlife education programs include Project WILD, an international supplemental curriculum that is administered by the ODNR Division of Wildlife. The grant project coordinator(s) must have attended a Project WILD, Aquatic WILD, Growing Up WILD, Curious KIDSS, or Science and Civics workshop to be eligible for funding. Wildlife education projects and programs provide opportunities for students to apply learned concepts and use what they know.
The goals of this grant program are to:
Suggested Activities Available for Funding
Projects that improve habitat for wildlife on school sites or a designated area on community property or property with community and school access. Examples:
- planting trees, flowers, shrubs, or putting up nesting boxes in a school, park, or playground;
- planting a bird or pollinator garden in a schoolyard;
- installing a pond for aquatic habitat;
- establishing bird feeding stations;
- developing access trails to a wildlife habitat area for use in environmental education studies;
- enhancing an area for environmental education programs in areas where habitat already exists.
Programs that increase the awareness and knowledge of students and visitors about Ohio wildlife. Examples:
- developing signage for nature trails;
- supplies and materials to enhance the study of wildlife on the school grounds or nearby nature areas (i.e. binoculars, spotting scopes, field investigation supplies, cameras and scientific equipment under $200, etc.);
- professional development for educators that focuses on native wildlife and habitat; field trips for wildlife-related programs.
Illinois Arts Council Agency
About the Illinois Arts Council Agency
The Illinois Arts Council Agency was created as a state agency by the Illinois General Assembly in 1965 through legislation sponsored by Senators Paul Simon, Thomas McGloon, and Alan Dixon. The agency is governed by up to twenty-one private citizens chosen for their demonstrated commitment to the arts and appointed by the Governor. Council members serve in a voluntary, non-paid capacity and are charged with developing the state’s public arts policy, fostering quality culturally diverse programs, and approving grants expenditures. A small professional staff with in-depth knowledge of the arts develops and administers the agency’s programs, provides technical assistance, and ensures the responsible and impactful distribution of all funds. Resources to support the Illinois Arts Council Agency are provided by the Governor and General Assembly of Illinois and the National Endowment for the Arts.
About GIG FundThe GIG Fund provides flexible grants for nonprofit organizations to support programs and activities featuring professional artists. GIG Fund grants help cover fees for touring or local artists. Funds may also be used for project costs such as accessibility accommodations and marketing. We work with a panel to help us review applications and distribute grants annually.Sample activities include:
- A rural community hosting a short artist residency at a local school.
- An artist hosting a creative writing program with justice-impacted citizens.
- An artist talkback or meet & greet in an exhibition featuring the work of LGBTQ+ photographers.
- Presenting a concert series focused on the music of BIPOC composers.
- Initiating a new partnership to provide art classes with people with disabilities.
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