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Grant Writing Assistance Program

Grant Writing Assistance Program

The Grant Writing Assistance Program for Erie County non-profit organizations is funded by The Randolph J. and Estelle M. Dorn Foundation and The Frost-Parker Foundation.

Eligibility Requirements
The Grant Writing Assistance Program is available for non-profit organizations located in Erie County. Organizations offering services in Erie County but having offices located outside of Erie County are ineligible, unless the proposed grant seeking efforts are targeted to benefit Erie County.

Applicant agencies must be designated IRS 501(c)(3) tax exempt organizations, or classified as a governmental unit or qualified church or other entity covered by a group exemption.

Services of the Grant Writing Assistance Program include:

  • Grant writing

  • Editing or proof reading a draft

  • Grant reporting (for funded grants)

  • Consultation


Reference materials are available for use at The Volunteer Center for agencies wishing to conduct their own research.  Please contact The Volunteer Center to arrange a time to use the materials. Use of reference materials is free of charge.

Reference materials include both hard copy and searchable electronic grants databases, including: The Foundation Directory, The National Directory of Corporate Giving, The Guide to Ohio Grantmakers (on CD) and Grants Station. If you would like to receive information about grant opportunities that may be applicable for your organization, please contact the Volunteer Center to sign up for email notifications.

Fees for Services

Participating agencies are responsible for a $10 per hour fee for grant writing services.  All fees are to be paid to The Volunteer Center regardless of the outcome of any grant applications.

Application for Grant Writing Assistance

An application form for grant writing services is available at The Volunteer Center or may be downloaded from The Volunteer Center's website at

You will be contacted within two weeks of submitting your application. Services are available by appointment only. Please note, applications will be reviewed on a first- come, first-served basis.

Organizations applying for assistance for the writing of a grant proposal must provide documentation to the grant writer in a timely fashion.

Documentation Requirements

Documentation includes, but may be limited to:

  • A completed Grant Writing Assistance Program Application

  • IRS letter of tax exemption

  • Mission statement

  • List of current board members

  • Most recent 990 and annual operating budget



Grant writing assistance provided by The Volunteer Center does not guarantee funding or grant awards for applicant agencies. In order to track the effectiveness of the Grant Writing Assistance Program, applicant organizations must agree to give permission to The Volunteer Center to release information for statistics.

For more information contact:
The Volunteer Center of Erie County
604 W. Washington St., Sandusky, OH  44870

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