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Siemer Family Foundation

Siemer Family Foundation

Grantmaking Focus


The Siemer Family Foundation is guided by Barbara Siemer as chairperson; Mrs. Siemer’s career experience as a high school English teacher, and her many community volunteer experiences benefiting children, inform the Foundation’s grantmaking interests.


The Siemer Family Foundation supports programs that benefit the central Ohio community by:

  • Improving educational opportunities for school age children, including those during the school day and those outside of traditional school hours, relating to specific academic areas, or enhancing overall academic achievement;
  • Providing young children access to opportunities that prepare them for school, especially those including a parental involvement component;
  • Improving education and literacy throughout the community; or
  • Improving the economic or housing status and physical well-being and safety of underprivileged families with the intention of creating greater stability for all family members, especially children.

Grant Application Instructions


The Siemer Family Foundation’s annual grant application deadline for 2021 was July 15, with decisions by November 30.




It is no longer required that an applicant have a conversation with Foundation staff in advance of submitting an application. Please note that only those applications that are closely aligned with the Foundation’s grantmaking focus, as outlined above, will be considered.


For those unfamiliar with the Foundation’s application process, you are strongly encouraged to attend one of the Grants Information Sessions that are held throughout the year. These workshops offer an overview of the grant application processes for all Supporting Foundations and The Columbus Foundation.


View Workshops, Forums, & Grant Deadlines for specific dates. 

Examples of Grants


  • City Year, Columbus: $15,000 to support the Whole School Whole Child program in seven Columbus schools.
  • Dominican Learning Center: $10,000 to support GED instruction and preparation.
  • Gladden Community House: $10,000 to support the preschool program serving Franklinton and the near west side communities.
  • I KNOW I CAN: $25,000 to support AmeriCorps Ohio College Guides for middle school college and career advising. 
  • Urban Concern: $15,000 to support an afterschool program serving students in the south Linden neighborhood.

Reporting Requirements


All grantees must complete a Final Report. Final reports are generally due 30 days following the project grant period. Please refer to your grant agreement for the exact deadline date. Please note that if a grantee applies for a new grant from the Siemer Family Foundation before an existing grant’s final report deadline, staff will contact the grantee regarding submission of a progress report or early submission of their final report.

Staff Contacts


If you have questions about how your organization’s program might fit with the grantmaking interests of the Siemer Family Foundation, contact a Supporting Foundations team member. Be sure to include a brief summary of the program.


For technical assistance, contact a Supporting Foundations team member.