The word “community” implies fellowship and sharing. A community foundation is a tax-exempt public charity built on the concept of people helping people to improve the quality of life in a particular geographic area. More than 700 community foundations nationwide serve their individual regions.
Individuals, through gifts and bequests, establish permanent endowment funds and other types of funds with their community foundation to help respond to emerging community issues and opportunities.
Find out about our new COMMUNITY IMPACT GRANT here.
The Centerville-Washington Foundation exists to be a community partner for corporate and individual charitable giving, functioning in the formation and preservation of charitable donations, providing services to donors and non-profit organizations, and serving as a source of funds for community groups.
Categories of Support
- Arts and humanities
- Civic affairs
- Conservation and the environment
- Education health
- Social services
The Foundation supports projects that:
- Encourage more efficient use of community resources and promote coordination, cooperation and sharing among organizations, and the elimination of duplicated services.
- Test or demonstrate new approaches and techniques in the solution of important community problems.
- Could not be accomplished with other sources of support.
- Promote volunteer participation and citizen involvement in community affairs.
- Strengthen non-profit agencies and institutions by reducing operating costs, increasing public financial support, and/or improving internal management.
The Foundation does not support grants from the discretionary funds to:
- Provide the principal source of support to an organization or activity.
- Organizations located outside the community.
- Establish or add to endowment funds.
- Individuals, except for scholarship purposes.
- Fund specific scientific, medical, or academic research.
- Sectarian activities of religious organization.
- For profit organizations.
- There are two grant cycles. You can apply online by clicking here or print and submit a written application using the Grant Request Form. Applications for multiple, smaller Community Assistant Grants must be submitted to the Foundation by March 1st. The $10,000 Community Impact Grant submittal must be submitted by September 1st. Foundation members may assist any person in determining eligibility and clarification on the application process and deadlines.
- The Board reviews requests at its March and September meetings and may request a presentation by the grant seeker. If a grant seeker wants to make a presentation, the Board president must approve.
- The Board uses the above criteria to assess the strength of the application. The Board reserves the right to approve requests based on availability of discretionary funds.
- An organization that is awarded a grant is asked to acknowledge the foundation’s support in any publicity or recognition, submit a picture if appropriate and provide a narrative report briefly describing the outcome of the grantee within 90 days of receipt of the grant. The Board responds to all applications within 90 days of the request.
For additional GRANT information contact:
P. O. Box 41125
Centerville, Ohio 45441
Scott Colwell: firstname.lastname@example.org (Grant Committee Chair)