Grant opportunities announced

Source: the Scioto Foundation

​The Scioto Foundation invites Scioto County nonprofit organizations or local government entities to submit grant applications for its new Scioto 365 program. All applicants must submit two completed proposals to the Scioto Foundation office by September 15, 2017 in order to be considered for a grant.

​Scioto 365 is a member-funded impact grant-making program which asks members to donate $365 a year, of which 50% goes into endowments for future awards and 50% goes into grants to be awarded toward current community projects. Any and all citizens are welcome to apply for grants that will go toward projects to further the goals of the Scioto 365 Initiative. Scioto 365 members ultimately get to vote on which grants will make the biggest community impact.

​The emphasis of Scioto 365 is on community and economic development. Each year of the initiative will focus on a different theme to support. The 2017 theme centers on creating a much-needed work-life balance for Scioto County residents. Types of grants that would help achieve this goal include renovating parks, adding bike parks, updating community signs and lighting, and improving the overall appearance of the community.

​All submissions will be considered; however, projects that emphasize community and economic development will be prioritized for awards.

​Eligible applicants must be either a 501© (3) or a local government entity in the Scioto County area. Applicants must complete the standard Scioto Foundation Grant Application. Proposals will include a narrative describing the project, how it will be accomplished and how it will impact the community; a detailed schedule of events, including both a start and expected finish date for the project; and a complete budget detailing both revenues and expenses, including how much funding is needed and funding amounts from other sources (if applicable) and a demonstration of how funds will be spent during the completion of the project.

​The Foundation anticipates that it will receive $40,000 during its 2017 membership drive. According to the terms of Scioto 365, half of the monies raised or $20,000 will be used to establish a long-term endowment and the other half, $20,000, will be used for grants. Depending on the number of grants applications received and the demonstration of need for the projects and potential benefits for the community, applicants could receive anywhere from $3,000 to $20,000 to put toward accomplishing their goal.

​Final decisions on which grants to award will be made by Scioto 365 members by October 15 and grants will be awarded no later than November 15. Awardees will receive and complete a standard Scioto Foundation Grant Agreement and will be expected to submit a final report evaluation form after project completion. Projects must be completed within one year of the award.

​Applications for the Scioto 365 grants may be found on the Scioto Foundation website. More information may be obtained by contacting the Scioto Foundation office at (740) 354-4612 or by email at

Source: the Scioto Foundation