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About Our Program

Guidelines for Grant Seekers

The Sandusky County Communities Foundation is a public charitable organization created by the citizens of our community.  Our mission is to enhance the well-being of the people and communities of Sandusky County by managing permanent investments for philanthropic goals.  Grants support the community needs including, but not limited to, Arts and Humanities, Community Development, Education, Environment, Health and Social Services, and Youth Services.  Youth driven service projects are also encouraged to apply to Building Community Together, the youth division of the Sandusky County Communities Foundation.

We encourage projects that:

  • Enhance cooperation and collaboration among Sandusky County organizations, thereby eliminating duplication of services.

  • Strengthen the organization’s capacity to serve the community.

  • Leverage other resources and demonstrate sustainability through additional funding from a broad base of supporters.

  • Yield substantial community benefits and serve a broad segment of the community.

Grant Guidance

  • Grant Seekers are required to attend Grant Seekers Information Meeting on July 20, 2023 at 10:00 a.m. at the Birchard Public Library, Fremont, Ohio.

  • Grant projects must serve Sandusky County residents.

  • Grants are awarded only to non-profit charitable organizations that have been designated as having tax-exempt status under 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Service code. Governmental agencies and political subdivisions are eligible for funding but must provide a copy of the group exemption letter and documentation of the organization’s inclusion within the group.

  •  Each eligible organization may submit one (1) application.

  • Direct payment of a grant to an individual is prohibited: grant awards will be paid to the sponsoring non-profit organization.

  • Grant request must not exceed $10,000.

  • Organizations may apply for a grant in successive years if all previous award projects are completed and the final report has been accepted by SCCF. Preference may be given to new applicants.

  • Project expenses incurred by an applicant organization prior to notification of the award cannot be paid with grant funds.

  • Quote for purchased services or goods must be current (within 6 months). Preference may be given to Sandusky County contractors and merchants where applicable.

  • Funding requests may not be considered for organizations submitting incomplete applications.

  • Successful grantees must acknowledge, promote, and advertise SCCF financial participation in the project.

  • Applications must be received by Friday, August 18, 2023 at 12:00 p.m. Applications received after this date and time will not be considered.

  • New in 2023: All Grant Seekers MUST apply through our Online Application Portal

  • For additional information, please contact Andrea Gibson at 419-332-1591 or

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