Process & Deadlines

Grant Deadlines and Focus Areas

Beginning in 2021, Barberton Community Foundation will accept grants three times per year with specific focus areas.

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

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. Small grants of $1,000 or less will continue to be accepted for review at any time.

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.

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
  • timeframe (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 phone you to discuss your project within a week of receiving your LOI.

Contact Carrie Herman, Director of Community Impact, with any questions about the grants process. Call 330-745-5995 or email

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Quarterly Grant Process

The Quarterly Grant Process takes approximately eight weeks.

  • After submitting the letter of inquiry, the Director of Community Impact will contact the applicant to discuss and/or review the project. 
  • Based on conversations around the letter of inquiry, applicants may be invited to submit an application.
  • After reviewing the application, the Director of Community Impact may request follow up information. 
  • The Grants Committee receives a copy of every request as well as additional information compiled by the staff. Staff recommendations are also provided to the committee members.
  • One month to six weeks after the application deadline, the Grants Committee will meet to discuss requests. Funding is determined by the Grants Committee.
  • Three committees review the applications:
    • Grants
    • Executive
    • The Full Board
  • Grant funding recommendations are then reviewed by the full board. The applicant will be notified regarding the status of their request.

Small Grant Process

The Small Grant Process takes approximately two to four weeks. 

Grant requests of $1,000 or less are reviewed monthly. All efforts should be made to submit your grant application 45 days prior to the program start date.

  • After the submission of the small grant application, the Director of Community Impact will contact the applicant to discuss the request.
  • The Director of Community Impact may request follow up information.
  • Unless notified otherwise, within a few weeks after the grant deadline, the Small Grants Committee reviews submissions and determines funding. 
  • After the committee meets, the applicant will be notified of the status of their request.



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