Community Grants

Grant applications are closed for 2023.

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, 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
2023 (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

2022 Grant Awards

  • A Kid Again to fund 250 adventures for families with children suffering from life-threatening medical conditions.
  • American Red Cross of Delaware County to support of six Delaware County blood drives helps meet critical needs and make a healthier community.
  • Canine Companions for Independence to provide service dogs to people with disabilities. Support 14 active Delaware County teams and 2 teams on waitlist
  • Central Ohio Symphony to present performances in several locations throughout Delaware County in the spring and summer of 2023.
  • Delaware County Cultural Arts/Arts Castle for operational support of 50-70 classes per quarter
  • Delaware Speech and Hearing Center to provide funding for larger equipment in large therapy room, including and imitation household to assist with ADL’s and a swing to assist with sensory processing and regulation.
  • Family Promise of Delaware County to remodel two wheelchair-accessible bathrooms.
  • Girls on the Run of Central Ohio to provide programming for one team at James Conger Elementary, Buckeye Valley East Elementary, John C Dempsey Middle School, and David Smith Elementary.
  • Heads Up Mentors to fund computer lab supplies for in-person mentoring
  • Humane Society of Delaware County to fund surgical monitoring equipment
    Law Enforcement Foundation, Inc.
  • LifeCare Alliance to support Central Ohio Diabetes Associations CODA camp programs
  • Lutheran Social Services to support LSS Delaware Food Pantry
  • Olentangy Education Foundation to providing funding for the Representative Staffing Experience
  • People In Need, Inc of Delaware County Ohio to provide eviction prevention and utility assistance
  • Powell Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) to support the spay/neuter adoption project
  • Powell-Liberty Historical Society to upgrade computer hardware
  • Recreation Unlimited Foundation to support camper fees for residential, summer day camp, and year-round respite weekend camps.
  • Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio to support the Helping Hands Program
  • Sourcepoint to providing funding for re-therm ovens for Meals on Wheels program
  • Stratford Ecological Center to support empowering people to thrive outside