Grant Overview

We envision an improved quality of life for Barberton residents, now and forever.

Welcome Grant Partners

The Foundation is excited to work with you to benefit the citizens of Barberton.

As a public charity, we support the Barberton City Schools and the City of Barberton. Our code of regulations also allows us to make awards to nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations. Requests from these organizations are reviewed three times a year through our three focus areas: education and workforce & economic development; arts and community; and health and wellness. Funding for these individual requests is generally $15,000 or less.

All grant applications are first submitted to the Grants Committee for consideration, are reviewed by the Executive Committee and then receive final approval during the full meeting of the Board of Directors.

Who We Fund

  • Tax exempt, non-profit organizations in support of the purpose of the Foundation
  • City of Barberton
  • Barberton City Schools

Please note:
Any grant submitted by a third party for the benefit of Barberton City Schools and its students must first be submitted to the Superintendent for review and approval.

What We Don’t Fund

  • Projects that do not exclusively benefit the citizens of Barberton 
  • On-going operating expenses, including salaries
  • Debt-reductions, deficits or previous obligations
  • Annual fundraising drives or fundraising activities/events
  • Political projects, sabbatical leaves or scholarly research
  • Venture capital for competitive profit-making activities
  • Religious organizations for religious purposes
  • Endowments housed at institutions other than Barberton Community Foundation

How to Apply

Letter of Inquiry

If your nonprofit is considering submitting a grant to Barberton Community Foundation or Tuscora Park Health and Wellness Foundation, we ask that you first submit a Letter of Inquiry (LOI) outlining your project. LOIs are due 3 weeks prior to the grant deadline, but we hope you’ll submit one as soon as you consider making an application for a project.

Your brief narrative should include:

  • a concise description of the program or project, including why it is needed
  • amount requested and how the funds will be used
  • who you will serve and how many people
  • time frame (begin and end dates)

If you choose not to submit your LOI as a formal letter, be sure to date your document and include the contact person’s name, phone number, and email.

Please mail or email your LOI to Carrie Herman.

We will call you to discuss your project within a week of receiving your letter of inquiry. Based on conversations around the letter of inquiry, applicants may be invited to submit an application.

Carrie HermanContact Carrie Herman, Director of Community Impact, with any questions about the grants process. Call 330-745-5995 or email gro.fcnotrebrab@namrehc

Barberton Community Foundation
460 W. Paige Ave.
Barberton, OH 44203

Barberton Community Foundation Grant Application Forms

What and When

Focus Areas and Deadlines

Beginning in 2021, Barberton Community Foundation accepts large grants three times per year with specific focus areas: Education, Workforce and Economic Development; Arts and Community; and Health and Wellness. If you are unsure to which area your project might apply, or if it fits more than one topic, give us a call!

3 Grant Cycles

February 1 – Education and Workforce & Economic Development
June 1 – Health and Wellness
October 1 – Arts and Community 

Small and Specialized Grants

Small Grants

Sometimes the smallest programs make the biggest impact. Grant requests of $2,000 or less can be submitted any time. They are reviewed by Foundation staff and presented to the Board Chair for final review and approval.

Please send us a quick letter of inquiry prior to submitting a small grant.

Specialized Grants

Barberton Community Foundation holds several funds with specific focus areas and requirements. If you are interested in applying to one of these funds, please contact Carrie Herman, Director of Community Impact. There is no deadline to apply.

Youth Philanthropy

Barberton Community Foundation established the Youth Philanthropy Committee in 2000, giving youth the opportunity and legitimate authority to directly improve the lives of Barberton residents.

With funding provided by Barberton Community Foundation, a committee of selected Barberton High School students, working as a grants committee, review non-profit grant proposals, develop questions for and interview grant applicants, then make grant award decisions based on internal discussion, plus support and guidance from their advisers. Award recommendations are presented to the Barberton Community Foundation Board of Directors Grants Committee at the conclusion of the review process.

The Youth Philanthropy Committee’s mission is to exercise good stewardship, integrity, charity, leadership development and responsibility in identifying and selecting grant proposal projects that will have the greatest positive impact on the Barberton community.

Barberton High School students may be invited to participate or may submit an application for participation in this group. The application will be available at the end of September in the Guidance office. Student with questions may talk to Mrs. McMullen in room 215 at the High School.