Springfield Foundation serves Clark County, Ohio, by providing grants to nonprofit organizations on behalf of the Foundation’s donors to help meet current community needs and to support a variety of programs in the fields of Arts & Culture, Civic Affairs, Conservation & Environment, Education, Health, and Human Services.
The regular discretionary program awards grants once annually on a competitive basis to a variety of nonprofit organizations that strive to address community problems in Clark County. In most cases, discretionary grants fall in the $5,000-$15,000 range.
The grant deadline for 2018 has passed. The next grant cycle will begin in May, 2019.
Under certain circumstances, and pending available funding, the Foundation is willing to review out-of-cycle, emergency grant proposals. To be considered, organizations must first contact the Foundation's Program Officer to receive information for the submission of a proposal.
The Clark County Family and Children First Council is a recipient of a Springfield Foundation grant during 2015 for its Substitute Care Resources Program (SCRP). This provides flexible funding to support children who receive services from Developmental Disabilities of Clark County whose families have also been involved with Family and Children Services. Click here for an application for SCRP funds.
Mental Health & Recovery Board
The Mental Health & Recovery Board has awarded mini-grants to Clark County agencies to support their work during FY2014.
The Clark County Family and Children First Council received $3,000 for the Trauma Informed Care Task Force. Family and Children Services will lead the project which provides therapeutic support groups for staff of education, health and social agencies to address secondary trauma. Learn more about trauma informed care and find useful resources through the National Child Traumatic Stress Network.
Click here for a list of Clark County Community Grant Recipients.
We recently brought this funding opportunity to the attention of the staff of the Springfield Promise Neighborhood. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has announced a new call for proposals for Forward Promise, a $9.5 million initiative that focuses on innovative, community-based projects working to strengthen health, education, and employment outcomes for middle school- and high school-aged boys and young men of color.
The Foundation will award up to 10 grants of up to $500,000 each to support projects with preliminary evidence of impact in the following areas:
Alternative approaches to harsh school discipline that do not push students out of school;
Solutions that focus on dropout prevention and increasing middle school retention and high school graduation rates;
Mental health interventions that tailor approaches to boys and young men who have experienced and/or been exposed to violence and trauma; and career training programs that blend workforce and education emphases to ensure that students are college- and career-ready.
Springfield City School District
The Springfield City School District was recently awarded two 21st Century Community Learning Center grants. A 21st CCLC is a place that offers programs and services that benefit the educational and related health, social services, cultural and recreational needs of a community. These centers serve as safe and nurturing environments where children participate in enriching activities during times when school is not in session. The centers also provide opportunities for literacy and/or educational services to the families of children participating in the program.
The federally funded program is administered by the Ohio Department of Education. The funding awarded to the Springfield City School District will support expansion of after school programming at Perrin Woods Elementary School and Fulton Elementary School. The district worked with a number of community partners to seek and win this competitive funding.