Community Grant Program

Applications are now available for the 2020 City of Worthington Community Grant Program.  This program is funded by a General Fund allocation from the City of Worthington.  The purpose of the program is to assist non-profit organizations in the accomplishment of projects or programs in Worthington that provide wide community benefit. While City Council is still finalizing the amount available for grants as part of the 2020 Operating Budget, there is typically $30,000-$35,000 allocated for the program. 

Complete Online Grant Application
Download complete application packet in PDF
2020 Scoring Matrix

You may complete the online application form or contact Robyn Stewart at 614-786-7354 or to obtain a Microsoft Word document. Hard copies of the application are also available from the City Clerk in the Louis J.R. Goorey Municipal Building at 6550 N. High Street, Worthington. 

Applications must be received by the City Manager’s office no later than 4:30 p.m. on Monday, December 2, 2019 in order to be considered for 2020 funding.  Applications received after this date/time will not be considered for funding.   Submissions must be delivered, either by mail, email or in person, to:

Community Grant Program
City Clerk’s Office
City of Worthington
6550 N. High Street
Worthington, Ohio 43085 

Priorities for Grant Funds

The City Council has approved continuation of the funding priorities from the past two years. Proposals which address the priorities will receive preference in the order in which the priorities are listed.  The distribution of funds across the priorities will be recommended by the review committee and approved by City Council.

1a. Basic human necessities such as provision of food and/or clothing for people in need.

1b. Mental health services and/or community counseling to assist people with mental or social health issues

 2.  Improvement of the Worthington community

 Program Guidelines

Groups currently receiving funding from the City of Worthington must submit a new application to request funding for 2019.  Funding in previous years does not guarantee funding in the future.

In order to be eligible for funding, applicants must be non-profit organizations.  The organization must serve the City of Worthington community.  Within the designated priorities, preference will be given first to organizations whose primary program/initiative serves the City of Worthington and/or membership is comprised primarily of City of Worthington residents.  Additional consideration will be given to those serving the Worthington School District area.

Applications for arts and/or cultural activities or programs should be directed to the McConnell Arts Center (MAC).  Please contact the MAC to determine the options available and the application process to follow. 

No match of the City’s funds is required, however organizations will be evaluated on total percent of overall budget requested.   

Applicants may be invited for formal appearance and evaluation to discuss the application.    City Council will designate a committee to review the applications and make recommendations for funding.  City Council will make the final determination regarding the applications to fund and applicants will be notified of the decision.  Grant allocations are anticipated to be distributed by the end of the first quarter of 2019.

Recipients are subject to an audit by the City of Worthington Finance Department regarding the use of the City’s funds.

For additional information, please contact the City Manager’s Office at 614-436-3100.