Foundation Supports Families, Capital Projects

kids1Private Funder: OMNOVA Solutions Foundation (OSF); Opportunity: OSF Grants; Funding Focus: Children and youth; Geographic Focus: National (with some local priorities where the company has locations); Eligibility: Nonprofits; Funding: Varies (the foundation made $1.4 million in grants last year); Deadline: Rolling

Summary: The corporation provides support for family and children nonprofits in various ways, including program support, construction and continuing support. The funder likes to save its big awards ($10,000) for one-of-a-kind programs. Proposals funded in one-year increments are not assured of future funding. If renewed funding is desired, the organization needs to submit additional requests. All grant requests should be brief, concise and submitted in writing. Telephone solicitations will not be considered.

The program is national in scope. However, priority is given to OMNOVA corporate locations: Akron, OH; Auburn, PA; Calhoun, GA; Charlotte, NC; Chester, SC; Columbus, MS; Fairlawn, OH; Fitchburg, MA; Green Bay, WI; Greensboro, NC; Jeannette, PA; Maumee, OH; Mogador, OH; Monroe, NC; Muscle Shoals, AL; New York City; Pine Brook, NJ; and Salem, NH.

While some unrestricted funding is provided, the foundation prefers to fund specific projects. In general, the foundation funds organizations that demonstrate competency and effectiveness. Organizations seeking and receiving funds from the foundation must provide information on how projects will be evaluated and measured, and report on the progress of those projects.

The company encourages employees to support their communities through a donation matching program and it provides grant funding to the nonprofit organization with which the employee is actively involved.

The grants page is located at:

Info:  or 330/869-4289; Theresa Carter, president.

About Frank Klimko

Frank Klimko is a nationally known journalist, grants expert and speech writer/speaker. He has years of experience helping nonprofits devise lists of the right funding opportunities and secure funding from these foundations and corporate entities. Clients have focused on an array of areas including child care, homeless, hunger and K-12 education. Additionally, he is a Freedom of Information Act expert, who has helped numerous clients with securing proprietary information from the federal government. Currently, Frank Klimko writes the Children & Youth Funding Report and Private Grants Alert, which are Washington DC-based publications. CYF is a daily publication covering Congress, the Education Dept. and the various federal regulatory agencies. PGA, another daily publication, covers the world of private philanthropy.
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