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Fund for Capital Improvements

Fund for Capital Improvements

The Columbus Foundation will support capital campaigns and projects designed to improve the delivery, quality, and efficiency of nonprofit programs and services in Franklin County. Through this funding category, The Columbus Foundation will solicit, review, and fund capital grants in support of established and effective local nonprofit organizations. Requests that enhance and improve services and programs will be given high priority.


Funding will be considered for:

  • Capital Campaign: A time-limited fundraising effort with a financial goal to fund property acquisition, construction, or major renovation. Campaigns with a completed feasibility study will be the most competitive.
  • Capital Project: A request for equipment or similar Items.


Previous grants awarded ranged from $17,000 to $300,000. In 2018, the typical grant is expected to be $50,000 to $100,000.

Competitive Applications


The most competitive applications will meet the following criteria:

  • Capital Campaigns with a completed feasibility study.
  • Capital Campaigns/Projects that have made reasonable progress toward the goal.
  • Capital Campaigns/Projects that have a strong plan for funding ongoing operating expenses resulting from the completion of the new capital investments.
  • Capital Campaigns/Projects that improve the quality of life and have direct client impact.

Grant Application Process


  • Complete and submit the Letter of Intent (LOI) form. This form is accessible approximately four to six weeks before the deadline.
  • Letters of Intent must be submitted by the first Friday in June. View Workshops & Deadlines for the specific deadline date.
  • Only applications that best fit The Columbus Foundation’s grantmaking interests and are strongly competitive will be asked to submit a Full Proposal. Capital grants are highly competitive, with select Letters of Intent moving to the Full Application stage.
  • Applicants will be notified of the Full Application deadline by email.



  • The organization must have a primary impact in Franklin County.
  • All applicants will be expected to provide an annual audit. Please refer to the Foundation’s Audit Requirement and Exemption Request Form.
  • Grantees must submit a Final Report, due 30 days following the end of the grant period.

Staff Contacts


We are not currently accepting meeting requests to discuss capital campaigns or projects, but email inquiries are welcome and may be sent to Melissa Neely. Meetings will be scheduled with nonprofits that submit a Letter of Intent that advances to a Full Proposal.


For technical assistance, you may also contact Melissa Neely.