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Nellie Leaman Taft Foundation Grant

Grants to Ohio, Maine, Massachusetts, and California
Nonprofits to Benefit Residents in Eligible Locations

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Ignite Philanthropy Advisors - Nellie Leaman Taft Foundation

LOI Date:

04/12/21

Deadline Date:

07/14/21

Description:

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Grants of up to $15,000 to Ohio, Maine, Massachusetts, and California nonprofit organizations to benefit residents in eligible locations. Applicants must contact the funding source and submit a preliminary application prior to submitting a full proposal. Focus areas include environment, arts, and arts education. The Foundation has a preference for small to mid-sized organizations. While the majority of grants will be awarded in the Cincinnati area, competitive grants continue to be made in Boston, Mid-Coast Maine, and Orange County, California.

The Foundation makes grants that benefit citizens of Greater Cincinnati, Ohio; Mid-Coast Maine; Boston inside the Route 495 beltway; and Orange County, California. Mid-Coast Maine is defined as the towns of Bath/Brunswick/Topsham, Belfast, Boothbay Harbor, Camden/Rockport/Lincolnville, Cushing, Damariscotta, Rockland/Thomaston/Owls Head, Searsport and Union.

Fields of Interest

  • The Arts and Arts Education: The Foundation’s interest in the arts is concerned with, but not limited to, helping small and mid-size organizations and new projects, which expand education in the arts for children and youth, particularly for those who may not otherwise receive any arts education. Although the Foundation welcomes applications to support any area of the arts, the primary focus is on visual arts, music and theater. Exhibitions, performing arts and video projects will be considered. The majority of Competitive Grants will be for this field of interest.
  • The Environment: The Foundation’s environmental funding is focused on promoting greater human well-being by supporting grassroots and other efforts to promote clean air, protect water resources and coastal areas, and preserve open space resources, including recreational space and natural areas in urban, rural and wilderness locations. Fewer than half of the Competitive Grants will be given for this field of interest.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 180098

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants currently range from $5,000 to $15,000.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

All applicants must be tax exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service Code and must be classified as “not a private foundation” under Section 509(a) of the Code. No grants are awarded until evidence of public charity status is verified.

Grants to support individual artists will no longer be accepted.

The Foundation does not make awards for programs which fall outside its fields of interest and geographic focus and it does not make grants for:
- Endowments
- Major capital projects
- Individuals, including scholarships for specified individuals
- Advocacy and community organizing
- Grantees which have not submitted progress reports for previous grants
- Organizations which have received a grant in the past three years
- Organizations that have been turned down for grants in the past three years
- Projects that have already been completed.

Pre-Application Information:

Application Calendar:

April 5: Deadline to Request Application Access
April 12: Preliminary Applications Due
June 1: Notifications Sent
July 14: Full Proposals Due (invitation only)
Sept. 1: Previous Year’s Progress Reports Due
Oct. 15: Grant Award Notifications Sent
Nov. 2: Grant Checks Mailed

The Foundation solicits new project ideas through a simple Preliminary Application. Please contact Annemarie Henkel no later than April 3 to discuss your idea and request access to the Preliminary Application Form.

Preliminary Applications are due by 9:00 PM EST on April 12 and are reviewed by the board in May. Applicants invited to submit a full proposal will be notified by June 1, with proposals due on July 14.

For full proposals, the Foundation uses an online grant application process. If invited to submit a full proposal, you will receive instructions at that time for the online application process. Only applications submitted online will be accepted; no paper copies.

Funding decisions will be announced in October with payment by November 2.

How to Apply: https://ignitephilanthropy.com/grant-seekers/nellie-leaman-taft-foundation/how-to-apply/

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Contact Teresa Hoelle no later than April 3 at 513-401-6449 or by email thoelle@ignitephilanthropy.com to discuss your idea and request access to the Preliminary Application Form.

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: California: Orange County;   Maine: Mid-Coast: defined as the towns of Bath/Brunswick/Topsham, Belfast, Boothbay Harbor, Camden/Rockport/Lincolnville, Cushing, Damariscotta, Rockland/Thomaston/Owls Head, Searsport, and Union;   Massachusetts: Boston, inside the Route 495 beltway;   Ohio: Greater Cincinnati

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