Targeted Funds Grants - Spring Deadline

The Columbus Foundation

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Anticipated deadline: May 1, 2021

Grant amount: Up to US $25,000

Fields of work: Environmental Stewardship Natural Resources Children’s Mental Health Youth Development & Leadership Senior Services Environmental Conservation Hospice / End of Life Care Medical Education & Professional Training Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities Aging/Gerontology Show all

Applicant type: Nonprofit

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

Location of project: Franklin County, Ohio

Location of residency: United States

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About this funder:



Our Mission

To assist donors and others in strengthening and improving our community for the benefit of all its residents.

Through strategic grantmaking, we invest in a broad range of highly effective nonprofits. We invite nonprofits to explore competitive grant opportunities made possible by our generous donors.

Targeted Funds

Targeted Fund categories are based on the interests of donors who have established funds to support a variety of focus areas. Based on the available grant dollars each year, the majority of the grants awarded will be $1,000 to $10,000. The largest possible grant awarded is $25,000.  

A category is listed as ‘Closed’ when all grant dollars have been committed for the calendar year. Grant applications are accepted in May and October for different funding categories, as reflected below.

Area of Focus - Spring Deadline 

Green Funds

  • Conservation and Environment

Enhance the quality of life in central Ohio by supporting responsible use of natural resources and ensuring their availability for future generations.

Many nonprofit organizations are working to make our community a smarter, healthier, cleaner, and more eco-friendly place in an effort to protect the Earth’s environment. Originally established in 2011 by a committed group of donors, The Columbus Foundation’s Green Funds seek to support these organizations, foster dialogue around conservation issues, and facilitate projects that will make an impact in central Ohio today and in the future.        

The Green Funds advisory committee provides input on The Columbus Foundation's targeted grantmaking in environmental conservation and education. Additionally, in partnership with the Foundation, the Green Funds provide a $6,700 stipend for a qualifying student to work with a central Ohio environmental or conservation nonprofit for 10 weeks during the summer. Past fellowship sites include Broad Street Presbyterian Church, Friends of the Lower Olentangy Watershed (FLOW), Green Columbus, and Ohio Environmental Council. 


  • Family Practice Medical Education: emphasis on geriatric medical education
  • Mental Health
  • Children's Mental Health

Special Populations

  • Development Disabilities
  • Elderly
  • Hospice and End-of-Life Care

Social Services

  • Character and Leadership Development for Youth

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


  • Your organization must be a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit.
  • Operating support will only be considered when the applicant demonstrates continuous innovation that enhances services.