Grantee Toolkit

Since 2000, the Hudson Community Foundation has awarded more than $400,000 in grants.  We support and collaborate with other nonprofit organizations working to meet community needs and enhance our quality of life in Hudson.

Below is an overview of our competitive grant process with links to other information on our process. 


How to Apply for Grants

Recent Grants



The Hudson Community Foundation welcomes grant requests from nonprofit organizations that are classified as nonprofit charitable organizations under section 501(c)(3) of the IRS code or, in some cases, government agencies. The Hudson Community Foundation will welcome grant requests from nonprofit organizations that are located in, or provide services to Hudson, Ohio. The Foundation will look favorably on grant requests that fall into these areas of interest:

  • Art and Culture
  • Historical and Environmental Preservation
  • Social Services
  • Youth Education and Recreation


General Exclusions

  • Grants to religious organizations or events
  • Grants to private foundations
  • Grants to cover past operating deficits or debt retirement
  • Grants for support to individuals
  • Testimonial dinners or advertising
  • Political organizations or campaigns
  • Capital campaigns
  • Endowments

NOTE:  Generally, one grant request per 501(c)(3) organization will be accepted per calendar year.


Important Dates

2021 Grant Cycle #1

Grant applications are due Monday, April 5th by 5 p.m.

2021 Grant Cycle #2

Grant applications are due Friday, October 1 by 5 p.m.



COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Grants

We know the pandemic has caused great stress on many and we will continue to accept requests for emergency assistance related to the pandemic, with the emphasis placed on these areas: food insecurity, support for students in the Hudson City School District, and human services. These grants do not affect eligibility for the 2021 Unrestricted Grants Cycles.  Applications may be submitted at any time and will be given prompt consideration.

The Hudson Community Foundation intention is provide granting to nonprofits in or directly serving the city of Hudson and the Hudson City School District.  Grants will be processed outside of our normal Grant Application Cycle as a way to assist the programs quickly.

The Hudson Community Foundation will support nonprofit organizations who are assisting individuals directly impacted by this health crisis with basic needs. The funding is meant as an investment to nonprofits who are providing food and other necessities for everyday survival.  The fund is not able to provide grants to individuals. The purpose is funding non profit organizations that have the experience and history of providing services and support to our residents.

Due to the unprecedented impact of COVID-19 on families, individuals, and community organizations in our region, the NOW Fund is designed to be responsive and flexible to address community needs of our most vulnerable as they change and evolve.  

Until June 1, 2021, we will allow for email applications.

  • Executive Summary
  • Project Objectives and expected outcomes
  • Population to be Served
  • Project Start and End Date
  • Budget Detail for the project
  • Project Income Sources (committed, pending or proposed)



How to Submit

Please mail or deliver your grant proposal to:

Hudson Community Foundation
Grants Committee
49 East Main Street
Hudson, OH 44236

Or email your proposal with GRANT REQUEST noted in the subject line to:


When a Grant is Awarded

Within two weeks after the Board of Directors meeting, you will receive notification of the funding decision. If your project is funded a Grant Recipient Report is required within 90 days after the completion of the project. Instructions will be mailed with the award letter and grant check. Failure to complete the Grant Recipient Report will preclude an organization from future grant consideration for one full calendar year. 

There is no prescription to ensure success in obtaining a grant. Each proposal is evaluated on the basis of its potential benefit to the people living in our community at a given point in time and on the innovation, resourcefulness, and credibility of those submitting it.


Preparing Your Grant Request

Your proposal should cover the following important areas of information.

  1. Executive Summary (one page)
    • Requested amount
    • Project description
    • Cover letter signed by the Executive Director/President
    • Contact person
  2. Organization Background (Not more than two pages)
    • Mission and founding date
    • Major programs
    • Board of Trustees listing
    • Number and capacity of staff
  3. Organization Financial Information
    • Operating budget
    • EIN Number
    • Most recent financial statement
  4. The Project You Propose (Not more than two pages)
    • Project objective and expected outcomes
    • Population to be served
    • Project start and end date
    • Total budget for the project
    • Additional funding sources
    • If the project is ongoing or an annual event, how it will be funded in the future

NOTE: Generally, one grant request per 501(c)(3) organization will be accepted per calendar year.