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Core Support Grants

Core Support Grants

These grants provide multi-year support for administrative expenses, infrastructure costs, and programs. Successful applicants must demonstrate effectiveness, have a written strategic plan, and have an annual audit. Support is provided for up to three years. Grants will be made for organizations providing services in one of the following areas:


Description Amount Available Maximum Annual Grant
Health, Habitat, and Care $0 Closed
Service Animals $0 Closed
Family Planning $0 Closed
Special Populations    
Deaf or Hard of Hearing $0 Closed
Vision Protection and Services for the Blind or Visually Impaired $0 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. 



  • Applying organizations must be in operation with 501(c)(3) status for a minimum of three years.
  • Primary service area is Franklin County.
  • It is best practice to have 100 percent of board members financially support the organization; a minimum of 75 percent of board members must financially support the organization.
  • All applicants will be expected to provide annual audits for the past three years as attachments to the online application; 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 up to three consecutive years. Payments in years two and three are contingent upon a progress report being submitted.
  • The Columbus Foundation is making changes to PowerPhilanthropy in 2017. In anticipation of those changes, a PowerPhilanthropy portrait is no longer required for this grant application. Please contact a Foundation staff member with any questions.

Staff Contacts


For questions, contact Emily Savors

For technical assistance, contact Melissa Neely