Requirements & Eligibility

Grant Requirements

  • Proposals must fulfill the mission of Barberton Community Foundation: To improve, now and forever, the quality of life for Barberton residents.
  • Proposals should demonstrate both a measurable need and impact on the community.
  • Any proposal for the benefit of Barberton City Schools and its students must first be submitted to the Superintendent for review and approval by the Barberton City School District Board. Only after the proposal is approved by the school board, will it be reviewed by Barberton Community Foundation.
  • All proposals must include one copy of full board minutes noting the organization’s governing body has approved submission of the application.
  • If your grant is an annual request, please submit a copy of the final grant report from the prior year with your grant submission.
  • Proposal must demonstrate under what strategic granting model of the Foundation that this project aligns.

Goal: defined as a response to a nonprofit or community’s needs, and led by the nonprofit or community members. The project will have a defined short-term life cycle with simple quantitative and qualitative outputs.

Strategic Collaboration
Goal: defined as working with the Foundation and other partners to launch programs that maximize community impact. The project is a longer effort, focused on improving or coordinating programs that maximize community impact. The project scope may have limited board and higher staff involvement. An evaluation of quantitative and qualitative results is expected.

Foundation Facilitated Initiative
Goal: defined as facilitated and/or initiated by the Foundation for continual development of community driven initiatives that support transformational change. There is high board and staff involvement. The project scope is a long-term process, with a formal evaluation of quantitative and qualitative results.

For the Foundation Facilitated Initiative grant, it can be presented for consideration in several ways including presented at any Foundation committee level by members of the Foundation, via the online abstract by staff, board member, community member or organization.

After the initial process, the concept will then be introduced to the Grants Committee for consideration, if the Grants Committee determines the concept meets the criteria of a Foundation Facilitated Initiative, then the Grants Chair will present the idea to the Barberton Community Foundation’s Executive Committee and then full board. If the board is in support of the initiative, then they will vote to adopt it as a “Foundation Facilitated Initiative” then the applicant will be invited to submit the grant. Approval of the concept is not necessarily approval of the future grant.

Complete the Foundation Facilitated Initiative Form

Grant Eligibility

Applying organization must be a 501(c)(3) or a government unit described in Section 170(c)(1) and 170(b)(1)(A)(v) of the code. The organization must have been in existence for a minimum of two years prior to application.

Grants are not given to:

  • Projects that do not exclusively benefit the citizens of Barberton
  • Individuals
  • Fund on-going operating expenses, including salaries
  • Fund debt-reductions, deficits or previous obligations
  • Fund annual fundraising drives or fundraising activities
  • Fund political projects, sabbatical leaves or scholarly research
  • Fund venture capital for competitive profit-making activities
  • Religious organizations for religious purposes
  • Endowments housed at institutions other than the Barberton Community Foundation
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