Private 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.
Info: www.omnova.com or 330/869-4289; Theresa Carter, president.