COMMUNITY GRANTS are awarded each year to support charitable programs and initiatives that address current and emerging needs in the fields of education, health and social services, economic development, natural resources, and the arts. Support for community grants comes from several Unrestricted and Donor Advised Funds as well as annual donations.
Nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations located in or serving Ottawa County are annually invited to submit requests for grant funding. Proposals will only be accepted via the Foundation’s online application portal. To access the online application portal and submit a grant application, CLICK HERE between January 1 and the grant deadline, March 1 at 11:59 p.m. First-time applicants will need to create an account to begin. Previous grant applicants will log into their existing account to submit a new application. Click on the Ottawa County Community Foundation description to apply.
NOTE: OCCF utilizes Greater Toledo Community Foundation's (GTCF) online grant portal to accept our community grant applications, so you will see GTCF information as you begin the application process.
Use the Final Project Report Form, available below, to report the final results of your project.
The Foundation also accepts applications throughout the year for two SPECIAL GRANT OPPORTUNITIES. Applications are available to download below.
* Jack and Judy Schiller Dyslexia Fund supports projects and services that aid dyslexia awareness and lead to identification and remediation efforts for children with dyslexia.
* Special Needs Fund supports Ottawa County nonprofits experiencing special needs or increased demand for services. Our focus includes but is not limited to the areas of social services.
Ottawa County Community Foundation (OCCF) awarded $80,063 in community grants and special awards at its annual Awards Presentation on June 15. Thirty-eight local nonprofit organizations received funding in addition to the third annual presentation of the Joy Roth Little Tiger Award. Funding for these grants is made possible by private donations and earnings from several unrestricted Community Funds and Donor Advised Funds held by OCCF.
A product of OCCF’s Special Initiatives Fund, one of the most significant 2023 awards was a $20,000 grant provided for the Business Advisory Council’s State Tested Nursing Assistant (STNA) certification program.
The Foundation also presented its 2023 Joy Roth Little Tiger Award to The Arts Garage (TAG), of the Greater Port Clinton Area Arts Council (GPCAAC). Joy Roth, founder and long-time President of OCCF, passed away in July 2020, and the OCCF Board, with the support of Joy’s husband Jeff Roth, sought to establish this special recognition to honor her legacy. The award recognizes nonprofit champions who go above and beyond to give back to the community.
2023 GRANT RECIPIENTS
Arc of Ottawa County
Summer camp for children with disabilities
Courageous Community Services
Fun in the Sun camp for children at Camp Courageous
Cancer services for patients and their families
Cast It Forward
Fishing trips for veterans, kids, and seniors in need
Catawba Island Historical Society
Exterior GFI receptacles to provide power for outdoor displays
Concerned Citizens of Oak Harbor
3 refrigerators and 2 ranges at Oakwood Manor
Cultivate the Clover of Ottawa County
Leadership training for 4-H Camp Counselors
Engaging Opportunities Foundation
Create job training activities for adults with intellectual disabilities
Genoa Area Community Food Pantry
Purchase 6 new wagon carts for food distribution
Genoa Civic Theatre
Painting theatre as part of renovation project
Greater Port Clinton Area Arts Council
FACE LIFT - interactive art sculptures at TAG (The Arts Garage)
Habitat for Humanity of Ottawa County
Playhouse Build - teaching children the pride of homeownership
Harris-Elmore Public Library
Circulating STEM Kits for Harris-Elmore and Genoa libraries
2023 GRANT RECIPIENTS, con't.
Heartbeat of Ottawa County
Update technology and Quick Books
Reduce finance and transportation barriers
Lake Erie Islands Conservancy
Lake Erie Islands Nature & Wildlife Center
Interactive digital displays for current wildlife exhibits
Mid-County EMT Association
Video Laryngoscopes - replace outdated patient care equipment
Musical Arts Series Port Clinton
Concerts for seniors at assisted living centers
Provide trips to various attractions and events
Ottawa Co. Ag. Society
New pens for sheep and goats at Ottawa County Fairgrounds
Ottawa Co. Family Advocacy Center, Inc.
Upgrade meeting room and kitchen facilities
Ottawa Co. Holiday Bureau
Food and household items for those in need during the holidays
Ottawa Co. Museum
Purchase archival materials for storage, repair, etc.
Ottawa Co. Transitional Housing
new refrigerator for Ruth Ann's House
Otterbein Senior Life Marblehead
Install Hearing Loop in dining room and activities room
Playmakers Civic Theatre
Theatre summer school for youth
Port Clinton Firefighters Association
Portage Fire District Firefighters Association
Purchase fire blankets designed for vehicle fires
Put-in-Bay Chamber of Comm Tourism Bureau
PIB Chamber of Commerce Tourism Promotional Video
Camp NEOSA Residential Summer Camp for at-risk children
Schedel Arboretum and Gardens
Summer science and art camps
Sleep in Heavenly Peace, Inc.
Build and deliver beds to those in need
St. Vincent DePaul Food Pantry
Food and food certificates for those in need
Veteran retreats in 2023
Walk in My Shoes, Inc
Provide new shoes for children in need