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We Funded the Haymarker Farmers' Market muscians that played every Saturday through the Summer of 2021.
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We funded the KSU Foundation for a Creating Meaningful Mathematics program at Brown Middle School.

Thank you for your interest in pursuing grant funding from the Portage Foundation. Please note that we award discretionary grants only for services provided in Portage County.

Our Grantmaking Process

The Portage Foundation provides grant funding to nonprofit organizations of all sizes, including projects from genuine grassroots groups. Our primary grant cycle is in the spring with a second cycle in the fall.


Grant applications will be reviewed by the Foundation’s Grants and Scholarships Committee, which includes members of the Foundation’s Board of Trustees and other community members.


Applications for the Spring 2022 grant cycle will be accepted until March 1, 2022.

Our Funding Priorities for the Spring and Fall Grant Cycle

  • Children’s Programs
  • Health
  • Human Services
  • Education
  • Arts and Culture
  • The Environment 
  • Animal Welfare
  • Economic Development

Please note:  Funds may not be available in all priority areas in each grant cycle. Grants are available in all of the above categories for the Spring 2022 grant cycle.

Funding Eligibility

  • Grant seekers may only apply once per calendar year
  • Organizations must be located in or provide services to residents of Portage County. Grant seekers outside Portage County must provide information on services provided and individuals served in Portage County.
  • Grants will be made only to nonprofit organizations classified as 501(c)(3) charities by the Internal Revenue Service.
  • Grants are not made to any group that discriminates on the basis of age, color, race, national origin, gender identity, marital status, sensory, mental or physical ability, sexual orientation or religious beliefs.
  • Reporting requirements from prior grants must be fulfilled before submitting a new application.

What Type of Projects are Funded?

  • Projects that support capacity building in the areas of governance, management, service delivery and financial sustainability.
  • One-time, non-recurring expenditures for start-up efforts or special projects; specific capital needs; and program-related expenses are given equal consideration.
  • Collaborations among two or more organization are encouraged; If an application is being made for a collaborative effort, it must include letters of support from the boards of all organizations involved.
  • Projects that address the underlying cause of a problem.
  • Part of a nonprofit’s general operating budget ONLY if the applicant can demonstrate compelling need.
  • Typical grants range between $500 and $2,500.
  • Grant approval is based on an evaluation of the significance of a project, its purpose, its likelihood of success, and its potential benefit to the Portage County community. We also consider the strength and stability of the applicant organization and the availability of funding from other sources to fulfill the goals of the grant.

What we do not fund

  • Grants will not be made to individuals or for debt reduction, loans, for-profit businesses, research, special event tickets or sponsorships, annual appeals, political campaigns or religious activities.
  • We do not fund school curriculum.      

How to apply

Grants are accepted by pressing the button at the top of the page and applying for the grant. Please complete all required fields. Grants must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on the due date. If applying online is a barrier, please contact us at or call 330.470.8950 and we will help you submit a grant request.