How to Apply for a Grant

The Nord Family Foundation’s primary area of geographic interest is Lorain County, Ohio.  The majority of grants are made to organizations in Lorain County or to organizations doing work that have direct outreach to or impact in Lorain County.

Grants are also made on a selective basis to organizations in areas where voting members of the Foundation reside.  These currently include Boston, MA; Columbia, SC; Cuyahoga County, OH; Denver, CO; and Penn Yan, NY.

To Apply:

All applications must be made on-line through this website.  Start by clicking on the “Submit a New Grant Application” link to the right.  After establishing an account, you will be directed to complete an Eligibility Quiz to ensure you meet our basic guidelines.  Upon passing the Eligibility Quiz, you will proceed to the Grant Application.

In the Grant Application you will need to complete the following sections:

  • Contact Information
  • Mission and History of Organization
  • Project Description
  • Community Need
  • Evaluation/Impact
  • Challenges
  • Sustainability
  • Financial Information

You will also need to upload the following attachments to the Grant Application:

  • Cover Letter
  • IRS Determination Letter
  • List of Governing Board Members
  • Organization Budget
  • Project Budget

Once you have started an application, you may click the “Save and Finish Later” button at the bottom of the page if you wish to return to your application later. Click the “Submit and Review” button on page 6 once you have completed the application. You will receive an e-mail confirmation when the Application is successfully submitted.

The staff of the Foundation is available to discuss prospective proposal ideas, assist potential applicants during the application process, and answer questions.

Foundation Areas of Interest

The Nord Family Foundation grants to non-profit organizations qualified under Section 501 c 3 of the Internal Revenue Code and to selected public sector activities. Grants are awarded in the fields of Arts and Culture, Civic Affairs, Education and Health and Social Services. Most grants are made for program related activities, with some grants to support capital improvements and capital campaigns when special criteria are met.

Projects that are directed at the root causes of social problems are of special interest.

In general, the Foundation does NOT award grants in support of

  • Debt reduction
  • Research projects
  • Tickets or advertising for fundraising activities
  • Individuals

Grants are occasionally made for capital purposes when specific criteria are met:

  • The organization requesting support clearly serves a disadvantaged population.
  • In instances where the Foundation’s support is likely to leverage much greater giving from other community sources such as government, corporations, individuals and other foundations.
  • Where it is clear that an effective local campaign, involving extensive citizen participation and grassroots leadership has been or will be mounted. Note: Program grants, which include requests for capital items such as furniture, computers, video recorders, etc., are not included within this general policy.

Additional Information

The Board of Trustees meets three times per year and all grants are approved or ratified during one of those meetings. Proposals are accepted for consideration in accordance with the schedule printed above. There are two libraries that also serve as local resources:

The Non-Profit Information Center
  • Elyria Public Library 1194 West River Road, North Elyria, OH 44035 Phone: (440) 324-9825

Cleveland’s Foundation Center Library

  • The Kent H. Smith Library 1422 Euclid Avenue, Suite 1356 Cleveland, OH 44115-2001 Phone: (216) 861-1933
For grant seekers located outside of the Northern Ohio area, many local public libraries have similar resources.