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Will Your Organization Be Eligible For a Grant?

Before filling out the Grant Application Form, please consider your organization’s eligibility for receiving a grant by asking yourself the questions below:

1. Are you a 501 (c)(3), government or church or working one of these type organizations as a fiscal agent?

2. If you are applying for fall funding, is your project related to one of the following categories?
– Animal Welfare
– Civic Improvement
– Health (physical or mental)
– Social Services

2. If you are applying for spring funding, is your project related to one of the following categories?
– Arts, culture and humanities
– Education
– Recreation
– Environmental affairs

3. Does your project comply with the Athens Foundation’s mission, which is to “enhance the quality of life of people of our region through building endowments, awarding grants and providing leadership on key community issues now and for generations to come”?

4. Does your project address a need or opportunity in the Athens County community?

5. Are you requesting seed money for a new, innovative program?

6. Will your organization’s use of the grant money to demonstrate the organization’s ability to leverage additional funds?

If you answered “yes” to questions 1 – 6, it is likely that your project will be considered for a grant. The Athens Foundation gives priority to projects that meet these general needs, but please consider the next questions before continuing to the Grant Application Form.

7. Will your grant money benefit an individual’s needs, rather than the needs of groups that affect the community as a whole?

8. Are you requesting a grant to be used for an endowment?

9. Are you requesting grant money to make up for a budget deficit?

10. Will your grant be used to fund a scholarship?

11. Will your grant money serve a religious purpose?

12. Will your grant serve political or legislative action groups?

13. Are you requesting funds to contribute to an annual fund raising drive?

If you answered “yes” to questions 7 – 12, it is likely that your project will not be considered for a grant. The Athens Foundation is a community organization, created and supported by the citizens of Athens, and carefully chooses to reward grants that will benefit the greater good.