Community Grants

Grant applications open June 2024

The Delaware County Foundation supports numerous non-profit organizations that work to improve our community. Grant funds are made available across a variety of categories based on donor intent and the guidance of our committee. 

Grant Requirements

  • Nonprofit organizations and government entities with projects that benefit Delaware County Ohio residents are eligible to apply.
  • Grants are not made to individuals.

Eligible Organizations

Organizations that either (a) have established their tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and are not “private foundations” as defined under section 509(a) of the Code; or (b) have tax exemption as a governmental or other publicly-funded entity; or (c) have a qualified, tax-exempt fiscal sponsor.

All organizations and programs aligned with the Foundation’s areas of funding are invited to apply. Preference will be given to programs addressing recovery, housing, mental health, basic needs (i.e. food insecurity, utilities), ESL, and workforce development.

Consideration will be given to nonprofit organizations that are specifically addressing these areas: 

    • Animal Welfare: Promoting the proper care of animals and the many ways they bring quality to our lives. 
    • Arts & Culture: Support for arts and cultural activities that enrich the lives of individuals, promote interactions among residents, and build community.  
    • Basic Needs: Investment in approaches that combat food insecurity, provide affordable housing, and remove barriers to transportation, childcare, and education for low-income residents. 
    • Education: Support for innovative programs for all students, preschool through adult. 
    • Economic Opportunity: Investment in the workforce of tomorrow by funding programs that build prosperity, create jobs, and enhance the quality of life in our communities. 
    • Environment: Funding solutions that contribute to healthier, cleaner, and more sustainable Ohio. 


    • Activities that are non-secular or promote a religious doctrine
    • Academic or medical research
    • Annual fundraising campaigns or events
    • Creation of, or addition to, endowment funds
    • Payment of debt or legal settlements
    • Political or partisan purposes

Award Information

Grants are expected to range between $2,500 to $20,000 and will be funded in three waves as funding is made available.


  • June 15th – Grant opportunity opens
  • July 31st – Grant submission deadline
  • Mid-December – Grants Announced

Grant projects are typically completed by the applicant within 12 months after Foundation approval; however, preference will be given to projects which plan to be completed within 6 months of funding.

Apply for funding

Grant Cycle
2024 (Opens June 15th, Closes July 31st)

 All grant requests must be submitted through the Foundation’s online portal. No hard copy applications will be accepted.

Download Grant Announcement and FAQ

Download Grant Questions

Before you begin, applications will need:
• IRS Letter of Determination (Establishes the tax-exempt status of your organization or partner)
• Most Recent 990 (Can be downloaded from Guidestar.com for free)
• Organization Budget
• Program/ Project Budget


The Foundation actively promotes diversity, equality and access, and a community free of discrimination based on race, gender, sexual orientation, ethnic or religious background, age or disability. The Foundation reflects this philosophy in considering grant requests.

The Foundation reserves the right to review all applications with community agencies, resources people, and/or other funding sources. This can occur when additional input is believed necessary or to help assess the proposal and its potential significance

2023 Grant Awards

  • A Kid Again Inc. – Family Adventures for Delaware County residents
  • American Red Cross Greater Columbus – Red Cross Blood Saves Lives in Delaware County
  • Andrews House, INC – Andrews House Community Meals
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio, Inc. – Delaware County One-to-One Mentoring
  • Canine Companions – Matching Service Dogs with People with Disabilities
  • Turning Point – Turning Point Housing Program
  • Delaware County Cultural Arts Center – Operational Support
  • Delaware County Historical Society –  “From Wilderness to Civilization: The Journey to Delaware County, Part II”
  • Delaware Speech and Hearing Center – Evaluation Materials and Testing Equipment for Children
  • Del-Mor Dwellings – To provide transportation vouchers and household needs to residents with zero income or barriers to benefits
  • Families Flourish, Inc. dba Move to PROSPER (MTP) – Support for Delaware County Families
  • family promise of delaware county – Unhoused to Home to Entrepreneurship
  • Flying Horse Farms – Help Delaware County Kids Heal, Grow, Thrive
  • Friends of the Delaware County District Library – Additional Equipment for the Maker Studios
  • Grace Clinics of Ohio, Inc. – Safety Net Free Clinic Translation Services
  • Healthy Worthington Resource Center & Food Pantry Inc.- Feed a Delaware County Family
  • Law Enforcement Foundation –Police Management Series, D.A.R.E. Officer Training, and Community Relations and Engagement Program
  • LifeCare Alliance – Central Ohio Diabetes Association’s (CODA) Camp Programs
  • Lutheran Social Services of Central Ohio – Support for LSS Delaware County Food Pantry
  • Main Street Delaware Inc. – Bringing Walls to Life: Grant Proposal for a Vibrant Mural Installation
  • NAMI Mid-Ohio – Hope for the Workforce


  • neighborhood bridges – Student Success Store Items
  • Ohio Wesleyan University OWjL Camp – OWjL Camp
  • People in Need, Inc. of Delaware County Ohio – Parking Lot Expansion
  • Pink Ribbon Good (formerly Pink Ribbon Girls) – PRG Simply Fight™ and No Age, No Stage™
  • Powell Animal Welfare Society – PAWS – Spay/Neuter and Adoption Program
  • Powell-Liberty Historical Society – Martin-Perry House Interior Maintenance
  • Pregnancy Resources of Delaware County – STD Testing and Prevention
  • Preservation Parks of Delaware County – Raising the Barn Campaign
  • Recreation Unlimited Foundation – Recreation Unlimited Camp Support for Campers and Staff From Delaware County
  • Ronald McDonald House Charities Of Central Ohio, Inc – Helping Hands Program
  • SIMON KENTON COUNCIL BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA – Camp Lazarus Maintenance Equipment
  • SourcePoint – Cafe 55 Serving Line Replacement
  • Stockhands Horses For Healing – EmpowerED Youth Program
  • Strand Theatre and Cultural Arts Association – Sensory Series at The Strand
  • Stratford Ecological Center – The DCF Giving Garden – Connecting Delaware County to Nature, Sustainable Food, and Each Other
  • TAG Community Living, Inc. – Home renovation and enhancement
  • TAPP, Training Assessment Placement Project -Training Assessment Placement Project
  • The Central Ohio Symphony, Inc. – Community Connections 3
  • The Group of Delaware County-Safe Harbor – Galloping to Wellness Equine Therapy Program
  • United Way of Delaware County Inc. – 2024 Supplies for Scholars support and partnership
  • Veteran Companion Animal Services – General operating support
  • Westerville Area Resource Ministry (WARM) – Share Bac a Pac – provisions on weekends/breaks for needy schoolchildren