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Competitive Grant Cycle Process

The Springfield Foundation awards competitive grants from a variety of funds created by our donors. We offer one grantmaking deadline per year. The application deadline for 2023 is Monday, August 14 at 4:30 p.m.  Decisions for grant awards are typically announced at the end of November/early December.

The online application form is accessible through the website beginning June 1, 2023. Please note that first consideration is given to applicants whose programs, projects and services are closely aligned with the Foundation’s grantmaking strategy. 

1. Check Your Eligibility

To be eligible for funding from the Springfield Foundation charitable organizations are required to:

  • Be a nonprofit organization exempt from Federal income taxes under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, churches, or government units including public schools and municipalities. If you do not have a 501(c)(3), you may enter into an agreement with a qualified nonprofit that will act as your fiscal agent.
  • Have a governing board, and conduct business without discrimination based on race, religion, gender, age, disability, or national origin.
  • Provide programs and projects serving the Clark County, Ohio Community.
  • Provide to the Springfield Foundation a board approved diversity, equity, and inclusion statement.

The Springfield Foundation does not award grants from discretionary funds for the following purposes:

  • Awards to individuals, including fellowships, travel, study, research, camps.
  • Support for individual political candidates and/or lobbying efforts,
  • Annual campaigns or dues,
  • Endowments outside of the Springfield Foundation.
  • Sectarian worship, instruction, or proselytizing,
  • Fraternal, political, labor, athletic, and social or veterans’ groups,
  • School bands and school choral groups, drill teams, or color guards,  
  • Annual fund drives or fund-raising activities,
  • Returning applicants who did not complete their previous grant requirements (i.e., reporting).

2. Read Our Grantmaking Strategy

Through our competitive grants program, we invest in nonprofits that are working to meet current community needs in the fields of Arts & Culture, Civic Affairs, Education, Environment, Conservation & Animals, Health, and Human Services. For more information on our grantmaking strategy, click here. 

We also provide field of interest funding from endowments created by donors directed to a broad area reflecting their personal interests.  There is no separate application for this funding.  All applications are evaluated for their relevance to these areas which include:

  • Animal Causes ( Spay/Neuter)
  •  Arts (preforming arts in the schools and arts for individuals with a diagnosed mental illness)
  • Children and Youth
  • Conservation and Preservation
  • Construction Trades (Training and Education)
  • Environmental Activities
  • Education
  • Health (Cardiac & Respiratory Ailments, Cancer Care, Prenatal and Postpartum programs, Dental)
  • Homeless Shelters
  • People with Disabilities (Blind & Vision Impaired, Deaf & Hard of Hearing, Physical, Developmental)

3. Attend a Grant Information Session 

For those unfamiliar with the Foundation’s application process, you are encouraged to attend one of the Grant Information Sessions that are held in the spring. These workshops offer an overview of the grant application process. View Workshops & Deadlines for specific dates.

4. Apply for A Grant

The Springfield Foundation utilizes the user-friendly and efficient platform GoApply to streamline the process of accepting and reviewing grant applications. As this marks the initial year of the Foundation's utilization of the GoApply platform, we anticipate some transitional challenges, and therefore, we kindly request your patience and understanding during this process. If you have questions, please all 937-324-8773 or email

No applications will be accepted at this time. The 2023 deadline is over. 

If you are reviewing applications for 2023, please click here to access the portal. 


Documents and Forms


Do you have questions?

Lori Boegershausen 
Grants Manager