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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 22, 2019.
Grant applications will be reviewed and scored by Grants Subcommittee members pending the selection of finalists by April 30, 2019. Grant awards will be announced and distributed at the membership meeting in May 2019. 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, 2018, or upon completion of the project (form available at www.comfest.com).
*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: http://bit.ly/CFGrantsAppInstructions