Application & INFORMATION

Our Grant Process: What you need to know

Grant Application

The Portage Foundation provides funding to non-profit organizations of all sizes, including projects stemming from fundamental grassroots efforts. There are two (2) grant cycles each year. Grant submission deadlines for the Spring cycle and the Fall cycle will be posted on the Foundation’s website or by contacting the Foundation. 

Completing the Application

Complete the online application as completely as possible. Please note, all fields (as indicated by *) are required. Please make certain to include your contact information, federal tax ID number, mission, and project description. If funding is awarded, a final report detailing how the grant was used and results from the funding is required.

Our Guiding Principles

The Portage Foundation is the only community foundation in Portage County. We embrace the unique responsibility of a community foundation – to provide funding assistance for programs throughout our geographic area that have an impact on improving lives and strengthening our community. We are proud to serve the needs of the region. Portage Foundation grants are as diverse as Portage County. Our grant process is designed to focus on the following guiding principles:

Organization Strength

We support efficient and effective nonprofit organizations with the capacity to significantly improve the community. We value organizations that demonstrate sustainability, honesty and transparency, and those that remain true to their mission.

Community Impact for the Region

We seek to support collaborative efforts that help individuals, families and neighborhoods thrive by addressing immediate needs while also creating widespread improvement within Portage County. We prefer to fund organizations that address the underlying root-cause of a problem to make a lasting improvement.


We honor the charitable intentions of our donors to help them understand the current and future needs of our community. We serve as stewards of our donors’ community investments. We hold ourselves and our grantees to the highest standards of ethics, integrity, service, and fiduciary responsibility.

Capacity Building in the Nonprofit Arena

We support efforts that build governance, management, financial and organizational capacities of nonprofit agencies and the nonprofit sector. We strive to create partnerships that promote collaboration and coordination of services, and work toward effective and efficient use of funds.

Inclusiveness in the Region

We honor the diverse strengths within our community and support organizations whose missions promote inclusiveness. Our work serves regions in our county that include Atwater, Aurora, Brimfield, Garrettsville, Hiram, Kent, Mantua, Ravenna, Rootstown, Streetsboro, Windham, and other neighboring communities. Our grants have impact in Portage County, communities that border our county, and in other regions.

What we Do fund:

The Foundation’s grant-making areas are aligned in the following categories or focus areas: arts and culture, animal welfare, children (supporting children’s needs), economic development, education, elderly (supporting the elderly), environment, health, human services, and veterans. Note: For some grant cycles, one or more focus areas may not have funding available. Prior to submitting your grant, please contact us to inquire about available funding.

Funding requests that align with the goals of our fund holders include (but are not limited to): program and program support, one-time grants for special projects, seed money for start-up initiatives, community projects that are collaborative and sustainable.

What we Do Not fund:

The Foundation does not fund direct financial support to individuals, political or religious causes, newly established nonprofit organizations that duplicate existing services unless need is proven, and curriculum for schools.