Small Grants

Small Grants

Small Grants provide support for several areas that align with donor focus. Applicants may apply for up to $25,000; however, the majority of the grants awarded will be $1,000 to $10,000.


Area of Focus Description Amount Available
Animals Health, Habitat, and Care See Core Support Grants
  Service Animals See Core Support Grants
Green Funds Conservation and Environment
(May deadline only)
Community Improvement Historical Preservation Closed
  Joseph A. Jeffrey Fund: supporting beautification and community improvement
(October deadline only)
  Civic and Public Projects Closed
Education English Teachers in Private Preparatory Schools and Colleges/Universities $5,500
  School to Work Transition: for students not going to college Closed
Health Mental Health Closed
  Children’s Mental Health Closed
  Family Planning $29,000
  Family Practice Medical Education: emphasis on geriatric medical education
(May deadline only)
  Health Education Closed
  In-service Education: for voluntary health organizations $10,000
  Substance Abuse Closed
  Vision Protection and Blindness Prevention See Core Support Grants
Special Populations Elderly Closed
  Deaf or Hard of Hearing See Core Support Grants
  Blind or Visually Impaired See Core Support Grants
  Terminally Ill $32,000
Social Services Character and Leadership Development in Youth Closed
  Community Planning for Human Services Closed
  Domestic Violence Closed
  Parent Education Closed
  Summer Camp Maintenance
(October deadline only)
Outside of Franklin County Mary Eleanor Morris Fund: Religious, Educational, and Charitable Programs in Logan County (May deadline only) Closed
  R. Alvin Stevenson Fund: Health and Human Services in Hocking and Fairfield Counties (May deadline only) Closed


Grant Application Process


  • Access, complete, and submit the application online. The form is accessible one month before the deadline.
  • Applications must be submitted by the first Friday of May and October. View Workshops & Deadlines for the specific deadline date.



  • Applying organizations must be in operation with 501(c)(3) status for a minimum of three years.
  • Primary service area is Franklin County.
  • Has an annual operating budget between $200,000 and $3,000,000.
  • It is best practice to have 100% of board members financially support the organization; a minimum of 75 percent of board members must financially support the organization.
  • A complete and up-to-date PowerPhilanthropy portrait is required.
  • PowerPhilanthropy portrait must include annual audits for the past three fiscal years; please refer to the Foundation’s Audit Requirement and Exemption Request Form.
  • Organizations with a strategic plan uploaded to PowerPhilanthropy will be given priority. (Note: plan must cover two or more years, including the year support is requested for; have measurable objectives, an implementation plan, and a work plan.)
  • Colleges, universities, hospitals, government entities, or public/private schools are not eligible to apply.
  • Grants are awarded for three consecutive years. Payments in years two and three are contingent upon a progress report being submitted.

Staff Contacts

For questions, contact Emily Savors.

For technical assistance, contact Melissa Neely.