The Foundation awards grants primarily in the environs of Lorain County, Ohio, with additional support in Cuyahoga County, Ohio (Cleveland and the surrounding area). Particular attention is given to Cuyahoga County non-profits that provide services to Lorain County residents. Additionally, the Foundation grants to non-profits located in areas where voting members of the Foundation reside. The Foundation makes occasional grants to organizations with a national or international focus.
The staff of The Nord Family Foundation is available to discuss prospective proposal ideas, assist potential applicants during the preparation process, and answer questions. The Foundation also maintains a library of reference materials, annual reports, periodicals, and proposal-writing tools available for use by not-for-profit organizations. The library is open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. weekdays for the purpose of conducting research on funding sources and program ideas.