Community Grants Guidelines

The grant making program of the Erie County Community Foundation covers a wide variety of needs throughout Erie County. These include, but are not limited to, Arts and Humanities, Community Development, Education, Environment, Health and Social Services and Youth Services.

We encourage proposals for projects that:

  • Enhance cooperation and collaboration among Erie County organizations, thereby eliminating duplication of services.

  • Strengthen the organization’s capacity to serve the community.

  • Have potential for leveraging other resources and demonstrate sustainability through additional funding from a broad base of supporters.

  • Yield substantial community benefits and serve a broad segment of the community, particularly the underserved.


Range of grants

Minimum grant awards are $1,000, with a general range of $1,000-$20,000. Grants are typically awarded for one year only. 


Geographic Limitations

Grant projects must serve Erie County residents.


  • Organizations must be determined to be tax exempt by the IRS under Section 501(c)(3).   

  • Churches, schools, governmental or other entities covered by a group exemption are eligible for funding but must provide a copy of the group exemption letter and documentation of the organization’s inclusion within the group.

  • Generally, grants are not made for advertising or sponsorships; annual campaigns; debt reduction; medical or other research organizations; political purposes or lobbying activities; routine operating expenses for ongoing programs, salaries/benefits of organization staff; sectarian religious purposes; tickets or advertising for fundraising events.

  • Grants for the benefit of an individual are made through Field of Interest Funds for education and health-related needs. Grants are made only to organizations determined to be tax exempt by the IRS under Section 501(c)(3), and also including churches, schools, universities, governmental or other entities covered by a group exemption. Direct payment of a grant to an individual is prohibited; grants will be paid to the sponsoring non-profit organization on behalf of the individual.

Application Information

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Completed applications must be received in the foundation office by 5:00 p.m. on February 1 and August 1.


Please mail application to:

Erie County Community Foundation

135 E. Washington Row

Sandusky, OH 44870

Incomplete applications, faxed applications, or applications submitted after the deadline will not be considered.


Applicant organizations may be contacted for further information or documentation regarding the grant application. However, it is the policy of the Erie County Community Foundation Grants Committee not to engage in discussion regarding outcomes of pending grant proposals.


Contact information

Please call Randy Wagner at 419-621-9690 or email for assistance or questions regarding the ECCF grant making programs.

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