Improving the lives of children in Columbus


Last year, during our 2017-18 administrative year, Kiwanis Club of Columbus, on behalf of the Columbus Kiwanis Foundation, administered grants totaling $78,849 to the following Columbus nonprofit organizations:

Alive in My Heart$5,000
Boys & Girls Club Columbus$105
Columbus Children’s Choir$500
Columbus Metropolitan Library – Family History Day$1,500
Columbus Metropolitan Library – Summer Reading Club$20,000
Good Neighbors of Central Ohio$2,000
Homeless Families Foundation$3,636
Homeless Families Foundation$5,244
Lutheran Social Services$2,000
Manna Café$2,000
Ohio Business Week$2,500
Salvation Army$2,500
Simon Kenton Council Boy Scouts of America$5,000
Somali Community Access Network$1,900
St. Vincent Family Center$5,347
The Hardy Center$4,617
YMCA of Central Ohio$5,000
Our funding priorities and process

Apply for a Grant

 The Kiwanis Club of Columbus is pleased to announce its grant making cycle for the 2018-2019 administrative year.  Kiwanis’ focus is serving the children of the world and these grants will have a similar focus: serving the children of Franklin County, OH.

A total of $71,300 will be awarded over two grant cycles.  Average grant size is $7,000.  Preference will be given to organizations with projects or programs in one or more of the following categories.

  • The needs of children ages birth through five years.  Any program or project serving this age group may be considered.


  • The needs of children, youth, or families through programming that:
    • Improves educational outcomes,
    • Improves mental health outcomes,
    • Addresses health disparities,
    • Provides basic needs,
    • Helps bridge families out of poverty or
    • Enhances cultural or enrichment opportunities in Columbus through the arts, international relations or environmental/agricultural programs.

(Full foundation giving policies are here.

NEW: In addition, preference will be given to organizations with proposals that include existing or new hands-on service projects in which Kiwanis Club of Columbus members can participate.


Due Dates

Cycle I:Cycle II:
Applications due by December 14, 2018Applications due by May 10, 2019
Board action taken by February 12, 2019Board action taken by July 9, 2019
Grantees announced February 15, 2019Grantees announced July 12, 2019

Eligibility and Restrictions

In order to be eligible, applicants must:

  • Be a tax-exempt organization.
  • Request funding for programming primarily benefiting children ages birth to 18.
  • Be located in and primarily serve Franklin County, OH with preference for those organizations serving children living in the city of Columbus, OH.

Kiwanis Club of Columbus will NOT fund:

  • Grants to individuals including scholarships or camperships
  • Grants supporting partisan political agendas or lobbying
  • Grants to religious organizations for purely religious purposes
  • Fundraising events
  • Employee salaries

Applicants are asked to complete the club’s grant application form available at our website: or by request of a member of the Kiwanis Club of Columbus. Completed requests are due no later than 5 p.m. on the appropriate due date via email to Kiwanis Club of Columbus Secretary Paul Bohlman at Paper applications will also be accepted and can be sent to Kiwanis Club of Columbus, P.O. Box 20334, Columbus, OH 43220-0334.  Paper applications must be received no later than 5 p.m. on the due date.  Please do not send both an electronic and a paper application. Please submit any questions about your application to Secretary Bohlman prior to the due date. The Kiwanis Club of Columbus reserves the right to solicit applications from any organization it chooses.