Improving the lives of children in Columbus


Last year, during our 2018-19 administrative year, Kiwanis Club of Columbus, on behalf of the Columbus Kiwanis Foundation, administered grants totaling $78,849 to the following Columbus nonprofit organizations:

$1000 – Columbus and Children’s Chorus Foundation

$2000 – Good Neighbors of Central Ohio

$2000 – Cristo Rey High School

$2000 – Community Shelter Board

$2000 – Local Matters

$2500 – Columbus Children’s Theatre

$2500 – City Year Columbus

$2500 – Alvis, Inc.

$2600 – American Red Cross

$4000 – The Salvation Army

$5000 – Lower Lights Christian Health Center

$5000 – Columbus Early Learning Centers

$5000 – YMCA of Central Ohio

$6700 – Ohio Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics

$8000 – Moms2B

$8500 – The Art Mobile

$10,000 – Furniture Bank of Central Ohio


$71,300 Total Distributed

Our funding priorities and process

Apply for a Grant

The Kiwanis Club of Columbus has announced its grant making cycle for the 2019-2020 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. Grant Applications are due Feb. 21, 2020.

A total of $50,000 will be awarded.  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 – Grant Applications are Due Feb. 21, 2020. Kiwanis Trustees will approve and announce grant winners April 14, 2020.

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 Kathleen Roberts 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 Roberts prior to the due date. The Kiwanis Club of Columbus reserves the right to solicit applications from any organization it chooses.