Springfield Foundation Grant

Springfield Foundation

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Grant amount: Unspecified amount

Deadline: Aug 16, 2019 2:00pm PDT

Applicant type: Nonprofit Government Entity

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, General Operating Expense, Applied Project / Program, Capital Project

Location of project: Clark County, Ohio

Location of residency: United States

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Springfield Foundation Grant-Making Program

Through our competitive grants program, we invest in a wide variety of nonprofits that are working to meet current community needs in the fields of Arts & Culture; Civic Affairs; Conservation, Environment & Animal Welfare; Education; Health; and Human Services. We invite nonprofits to explore our competitive grant opportunities made possible by our generous donors.

Discretionary Grants are distributed from funds that are unrestricted or directed to a broad area or Field of Interest. The Springfield Foundation’s Board of Directors, following recommendations of the Distribution Committee, awards funds to non-profit organizations that enhance the quality of life for Clark County residents. Applications are accepted for Discretionary Grants. Discretionary funding is available through 

  • Unrestricted Funds
  • Field of Interest Funds
  • Initiative Grants

The Foundation’s Board and staff review these programs annually. Funding priorities are adjusted as needed, based on our growing asset base, new initiatives in the community and the changing conditions of Clark County. 

Field of Interest Funds

Over time, donors have established funds to be directed to a broad area reflecting their personal interests. No special grant application is needed; all grants are evaluated for their relevance to the following areas. 

  • Animal Causes
  • Arts
  • Cardiac and Respiratory Ailments (Treatment or Equipment)
  • Children and Youth
  • Construction Trades (Training and Education)
  • Environmental Activities
  • Education
  • Health and Dental
  • People with Disabilities (Physical or Mental)

Initiative Grantmaking

On occasion, the Springfield Foundation or its affiliate funds may launch a community initiative. Unsolicited applications are not accepted for Initiative Grants; however, organizations may be invited to apply for Initiative Grants. 

Responsive Grants Program in Six Broad Areas

The Springfield Foundation serves the entire Clark County community through its support of a broad range of programs. The six areas listed here represent the types of activities that contribute to a stable and thriving community. The items listed under each broad area are not in any particular order of importance; they are aspects of programs that the Foundation Board has determined are current community issues. 

Arts & Culture: performing and/or visual arts and programs that support the arts. Grants in this area can include funding for performances, exhibits, programs, projects, supplies, operations, etc.Impacts: 

  • Make art and culture accessible for new audiences and community participants.
  • Educate people about new, emerging and innovative approaches to art.
  • Facilitate access to and participation in art & cultural programs for persons with low to moderate income and the disabled.
  • Ensure the availability of a broad array of artistic opportunities and venues that reflect the diversity of the community.
  • Encourage collaboration/integration of the arts with other funding areas such as education or health.
  • Historic preservation and awareness.

Education: address the educational needs of people from birth through adulthood. Funds can be used to enhance the experience of students directly, or to provide additional resources to teachers and educational programs. Impacts: 

  • Preparing children for kindergarten.
  • Involving parents in their children’s education.
  • Preparing students for science, technology, engineering, math, (STEM) areas.
  • Increase high school graduation rate.
  • Increase the number of students enrolling in college or other post-secondary training.
  • Adult education and career training.

Environment, Conservation and Animal Welfare: defined as projects that preserve natural features of the area, or enhance or re-develop features that have been neglected over time. This area includes funding for animals, parks and natural resources. Impacts: 

  • Increase access to and sustainability of natural resources.
  • Promotion of green technologies and renewable energy.
  • Environmental education, outreach and awareness.
  • Efforts to improve the basic health and welfare of animals.

Civic/Community Affairs: assistance in areas of economic development, public safety, civic improvement, voter awareness, justice, promoting the community. Impacts: 

  • Community beautification/pride.
  • Promote community safety.
  • Promote and encourage the development of healthy, viable neighborhoods.
  • Increase the exposure and use of the media locally.
  • Economic development.
  • Promotion of civic involvement.
  • Recreational activities that are broad based.
  • Services for the common good, i.e., programs of the Fire or Public Safety Departments, public parks.

Health: support for best practices programs that address the goals of the Community Health Improvement Plan. Impacts: 

  • Mental Health
  • Childhood obesity reduction.
  • Health education.
  • Reduction in teenage pregnancy rates.
  • Reduction in sexually transmitted diseases.
  • Pre-natal care and healthy births.
  • Preventative healthcare.
  • Chronic disease prevention and treatment.
  • Long term disabilities.

Human Services: addresses basic human needs of food, shelter, clothing, and seeking solutions to systemic social problems. Impacts: 

  • Programs to promote basic needs such as food, shelter, clothing.
  • Decrease community and interpersonal violence.
  • Programs to educate, advocate and assist immigrants in obtaining citizenship.
  • Efforts that reduce poverty and address the causes of poverty.
  • Promote affordable housing.
  • Decrease foreclosure rate.
  • Disaster preparation and relief.

Types of Funding

  • Program Grants support new programs, continuing programs, or expansion of successful programs.
  • Project Grants are generally short-term activities, or one-time expenses for your organization.
  • Capital Grants support an organized drive to collect and accumulate substantial funds to finance major needs of an organization such as a building or major renovation project.
  • Operating Support contributes to an organization’s day-to-day, ongoing expenses such as salaries, utilities, office supplies, etc.
  • Multiple-Year Grants are awarded during the normal grants cycle or as initiative grants. These commitments are most commonly awarded for large building projects but could also be used for continued support of long term programs or operational needs. Multi-year grants are limited in number and are based upon funding projections of the Foundation. If your request is for multiple years of funding, you must schedule a meeting with Foundation Staff to discuss your project prior to submitting your Grant Application.

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  • Charitable organizations must meet the following criteria to be eligible for funding from the Springfield Foundation:
    • Nonprofit organizations exempt from Federal income taxes under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, churches, or government units, including public schools and municipalities. If you do not have a 501(c)(3), you may enter into an agreement with a qualified non-profit that will act as your fiscal agent. 
    • Organizations that have a governing board, and conduct business without discrimination on the basis of race, religion, gender, age, disability, or national origin; 
    • Programs and projects serving the Clark County, Ohio Community


  • What the Springfield Foundation Does Not Fund
    • Awards to individuals, including fellowships, travel, study, research, camps,
    • Support for individual political candidates and/or lobbying efforts,
    • Annual campaigns or dues,
    • Sectarian worship, instruction, or proselytizing,
    • Fraternal, political, labor, athletic, social or veterans’ groups,
    • School bands and school choral groups, drill teams, or color guards,
    • Private and parochial schools,
    • Debt retirements, deficit financing, annual fund drives or fund raising activities,
    • Returning applicants who did not complete their previous grant requirements (i.e., reporting).