Wayne County Children's Resource Fund Grants

The Wayne County Children’s Resource Fund was established to help remove barriers which may impede children’s ability to lead meaningful and productive lives. These barriers may include poverty, drug use, bullying, discrimination, learning disabilities, low self-confidence, or a challenging home life. Grants may be made to nonprofit organizations for programs or capital projects that impact these issues.

The Wayne County Children’s Resource Fund is a component fund of the Wayne County Community Foundation (WCCF) and shall adhere to all WCCF policies.

Grant Guidelines

Charitable organizations serving children of Wayne County, Ohio are invited to apply for grants from the Wayne County Children’s Resource Fund by September 1 of each year for projects requiring funding after November 15 of each year.

In order to make the best use of available funds, the Foundation looks for one or more of the following when reviewing proposal requests:

  • The project is a well-planned approach to solving a problem and delivering services.
  • The use of funds will be efficient and effective.
  • Foundation support is vital or catalytic to the success of the project.
  • The proposed project is expected to continue after the grant ends.
  • Expenses will be reduced by sharing resources with other agencies or groups.

The Foundation normally does not approve grants from the Wayne County Children’s Resource Fund to support:

  • Deficit financing;
  • Endowment funds;
  • Annual appeals or membership contributions;
  • Conferences, field trips, travel or recognition events;
  • We’re nonsectarian so we don’t support religious organizations for religious purposes. We do support them for non-religious programs, like hunger centers or  childcare.
  • No scholarships awards may be granted from this Fund.

Grants are limited to activities and organizations benefiting children in the Wayne County, Ohio area. Grants may not be used to carry on propaganda or otherwise attempt to influence legislation, participate in or intervene in any political campaign on behalf of or in opposition to any candidate for public office, or to conduct, directly or indirectly, any voter registration drive (within the meaning of Section 4945(d)(2) of the Internal Revenue Code).

The Foundation makes grants only to organizations that are recognized by the Internal Revenue Code as nonprofit, tax-exempt, charitable organizations, educational institutions, or to qualified governmental agencies. The Foundation does not make grants to individuals except through scholarship funds.

NOTE: If you are seeking a grant for a group or agency that is not a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, charitable organization, educational institution, or qualified governmental agency (ie. booster club, youth group, parent/teacher organization), your group must be affiliated with one of these types of primary organizations to be eligible to apply. When completing the online application, the organization contact information and EIN/Tax ID number applies to the primary organization. Awarded grants will be given to the primary organization for the benefit of your affiliated group. 

Organizations receiving grants are required to submit a report to the Foundation within one year of receipt of the grant.

Online Grant Proposal Application

The Wayne County Children’s Resource Fund grant proposal application is an online application process.

Instructions on how to submit your organization's Online Grant Proposal Application is available through this TUTORIAL

To begin the online application process, click on the application link below.

NOTE: If you need to create a new account, select "New Applicant?" on the login screen and provide your email address and password and then select "Return to login".

NOTE: If you have established an account, enter your email address and password on the login screen and click the "Login" button. You will then be asked for your organization's EIN/Tax ID number and this begins the online application process.

Wayne County Children’s Resource Fund Grant Proposal Application

If you chose to "Save & Finish Later" while entering your application information, click on the link below to return to your application. This link will take you to the login screen. Once logged in, the title of your application will appear on your "My Account" page. Click on your application title to resume entering your application information.

My Account/In Progress Grant Proposal Application

Once you submit your completed application, a confirmation email will be sent to you.

If you have submitted a completed application and would like to enter a new application for your organization, click on the "Wayne County Children’s Resource Fund Grant Proposal Application" link above to login and begin your new application.

Grant Proposal Application Deadline

The grant application deadline is September 1, for a decision by November. 

If you have any questions regarding the Wayne County Children’s Resource Fund grant guidelines or grant proposal application, please contact us at (330) 262-3877.


Wayne County
Community Foundation

517 North Market Street
Wooster, Ohio 44691

Phone: (330) 262-3877
Fax: (330) 262-8057
Email: contact@wccfoh.org

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