Bryan Area Foundation Grant Program

Bryan Area Foundation

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Grant amount: Up to US $500,000

Next anticipated deadline: Feb 28, 2020 (Letter of inquiry)

Later anticipated deadlines: Mar 31, 2020 9:00am PDT (Full proposal), May 30, 2020 (Letter of inquiry), Jun 30, 2020 9:00am PDT (Full proposal), Aug 30, 2020 (Letter of inquiry), Sep 30, 2020 9:00am PDT (Full proposal), Nov 27, 2020 (Letter of inquiry), Dec 29, 2020 9:00am PST (Full proposal)

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Project / Program, Education / Outreach

Location of project: Williams County, Ohio

Location of residency: United States

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Note: It is required that all applicants schedule a meeting with the Bryan Area Foundation President/CEO at least 30 days in advance of the grant deadline. These are the "Letter of Inquiry" deadlines above. 

The Bryan Area Foundation and its affiliate Foundations, Edon, Montpelier and Millcreek-West Unity, are dedicated to improving and enriching life in Williams County by connecting people, good ideas, real needs and charitable resources. Amazing things can happen when all of us join together for the common good… Towns and neighborhoods thrive… Community pride swells… Schools are enriched… Kids discover new possibilities… The arts are celebrated and lives are changed for the better!

Since 1969, the Foundation has contributed over $12.5 million to worthy community projects and scholarships that enhance the communities and residents we serve.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • The Bryan Area Foundation makes grants to tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organizations operating or proposing to operate programs that benefit Williams County residents. 


  • The Bryan Area Foundation has a preference for proposals that:
    • Develop innovative, creative, and practical solutions to both current and emerging community needs
    • Create programs that enhance the quality of life for a substantial number of people
    • Encourage volunteerism, civic and community involvement
    • Facilitate compassion, efficiency and responsibility in the distribution of social services to the community
    • Deal with the prevention and/or the remediation of problems
    • Support projects that create a long-term physical community resource
    • Demonstrate that the funds will be well-managed and effectively expended and that the project will become self-supporting when grant dollars end
    • Play a role in assuring mutuality of interest, efficiency and the elimination of duplication of services
    • Utilize matching grants 


  • The Bryan Area Foundation normally does not fund:
    • Operating expenses, including salaries, utilities, and annual campaigns
    • Projects that promote any specific religion or beliefs
    • Budget deficits or debt reduction
    • Lobbying and/or political activity
    • Endowment funds
    • Capital improvements to buildings and property not owned by the organization or covered by a long-term lease
    • Work or projects that are already underway or have been completed
    • Grants to organizations that have received a BAF grant for the same or a similar project in the last 12 months