ComFest Grant Application

Thank you for your interest in The Community Festival (ComFest) Grants Program. The Community Festival is the largest volunteer-run festival in Ohio and sets aside a portion of its assets to award grants for the betterment of our community. We are particularly interested in innovative new projects, especially those promoting social change and social justice. We also fund the activities of existing organizations or projects. ComFest encourages collaborative projects among grant seekers that aim to result in positive community action. The Grants Subcommittee of the General Planning Committee administers the grants process.

Please read these instructions carefully. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

WHO CAN APPLY: Any organization or individual can apply for a grant to support a project, but the grant recipient must be a 501(c)(3) non-profit or have a fiscal agent at a qualified organization. Grants are reserved for applicants and projects physically located in Franklin, Madison, Union, Delaware, Licking, Fairfield, and Pickaway counties of Ohio. Grant applications in support of a single political or other issue, which would endanger ComFest’s nonprofit status, will not be considered. Grants may be fully or partially funded as determined by the Grants Subcommittee.

PURPOSE: Grants may be requested in amounts ranging from a minimum of $250 to a maximum of $3,000. Grant applicants must show community support for their project in the form of documented cash or in-kind matching resources, which may include volunteer activity.

Grants are made to support special projects, defined as an activity which occurs within a specific timeframe and serves the mission of your organizations. The ComFest Grants Program does not fund festivals, parades, seminars, conferences or general operations. If you are unsure whether your project qualifies for potential funding, please email

SUBMISSION: Applications should be submitted electronically using this form. Handwritten applications will be not be accepted. The deadline for grant applications and supporting materials is January 21, 2020.

Grant applications will be reviewed and scored by Grants Subcommittee members pending the selection of finalists by April 30, 2020. Grant awards will be announced and distributed at the membership meeting in May 2020. The ComFest General Planning Committee will make final decisions on all grants based on the recommendations of the Grants Subcommittee. All applicants will be notified of the final decision.

Grant recipients are required to submit a report on the results of their ComFest grant-funded activities by December 31, 2019, or upon completion of the project (form available at

*Please note: The digital application will not save your information if you choose to leave and come back to finish later. Fill out your application completely at one time. To help you prepare, you can see the questions you will need to answer, verbatim, in these instructions:
Email address *
Name of Organization or Individual *
Please list the name of your organization. If you are not a part for an organization, list your first and last names.
Your answer
Name of Project for which funds are being requested *
What is your project called?
Your answer
Address *
What's your official postal address?
Your answer
City *
Your answer
State *
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Zipcode *
Your answer
If you have a website, please list it here.
Your answer
Facebook Page
If you have a Facebook page, please list it here.
Your answer
If you have a Twitter feed, please list your handle here.
Your answer
If you have an Instagram account, please list your handle here.
Your answer
Contact Information
We require a primary and secondary contact person for every grant application.
Primary Contact Name *
Your answer
Primary Contact Phone Number *
Your answer
Primary Contact Email Address *
If this is the same email as you have entered above, please repeat that email address here.
Your answer
Secondary Contact Name *
Your answer
Secondary Contact Phone Number *
Your answer
Secondary Contact Email Address *
Your answer
Does your organization have its own Federal 501(c)3 status? *
All grant applications are required to submit a valid Federal 501(c)3 form. If your organization does not have this, you need to use a Fiscal Agent. A fiscal agent is an organization with Federal 501(c)3 status that acts on your behalf performing various financial duties.
If no, please list fiscal agent with Federal 501(c)3 status
A fiscal agent is an organization with Federal 501(c)3 status that acts on your behalf performing various financial duties.
Your answer
Tax ID (if using a Fiscal Agent, please specify) *
If you're using a Fiscal Agent, please note that you need to list their name as it is printed on their Federal 501(c)3.
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