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Kiwanis Club Grants


Grants for Kiwanis Club Projects

The Foundation has a major focus of fundraising and project support for Kiwanis – Safe and Healthy Kids. Funds are raised from designated and undesignated gifts, the Governor’s Project, the annual golf outing, the convention basket room income, license plates, legion of honor program, annual birthday gift campaign, etc..

Grants are awarded  for projects which address our focus on Safe and Healthy Kids.  In addition grants are awarded for community projects that improve the lives of children and families which focus on Kiwanis marketing or Kiwanis outreach.

Eligibility and Guidelines

Grant applications must be in keeping with the purposes of the Ohio District Kiwanis Foundation. Grant requests for projects sponsored by and showing involvement of qualifying Kiwanis organizations located in Ohio will be preferred.

The Ohio District Kiwanis Foundation welcomes grant requests from agencies, organizations and Kiwanis Family Clubs.

The Foundation makes no grants to individuals. The Foundation operates without discrimination as to age, race, religion, sex or national origin in considering grant requests from agencies and organizations.

The Ohio District Kiwanis Foundation is interested in funding service projects that can demonstrate an impact on the needs of children and others in the community. Grant applicants should keep in mind that priority is given to projects that

  • Reach those persons who are not met by existing services. 
  • Request seed money for innovative programs in the Foundation’s field of interest. 
  • Encourage matching gifts or additional funding from other donors, such as the general public or government. 
  • Yield substantial benefits for the resources invested. 
  • Support the Foundation’s emphasis on Safe and Healthy Kids or community outreach 
  • Show involvement of Kiwanis family clubs through volunteer service and financial commitment. 
  • Request funds under $5,000. 


Applications are due by:

  • October 31 for decisions in December 
  • March 31 for decisions in May 
  • June 30 for decision in August

Our grant form is now in a fillable PDF format.  Complete application form and send via email with supporting materials to

Wooster Kiwanis Adaptive Playground

Grants Awarded to Kiwanis Clubs

The Ohio District Kiwanis Foundation presented the following grants to clubs during the 2017-18 administrative year. 

These awards were made possible because of your donations to the Foundation.  Interest from our investments provide the dollars for our grant program. 

The 2017-18 Administrative year the following grants were awarded for Communities and Safe & Healthy Kids:
Mercy Van Project $2000: Willard Area Kiwanis Club
Battered Women’s Shelter $4000: Bath-Richfield Kiwanis Club
Gahanna McCutcheon Road Park Playground $2000: Gahanna Kiwanis Club
Springfield Children’s Garden $2000: Springfield Kiwanis
Tiffin-Seneca Teen Center Snack Bar $1163: Tiffin Kiwanis Club
Fill the House Backpacks $1000: Bay Village Kiwanis Club
Playground Equipment at Forest Elementary School $500: North Olmstead Kiwanis Club
Basketball Courts for Teens $3620: Midview Kiwanis Club
Buddy Benches & Bullying Safe Zones $2000 Wilmington Kiwanis Club

First Family Literacy Grants paid in 2017-2018 Administrative Year
Hurricane Book Project $2000: Findlay Kiwanis
Stow-Munroe Falls Public Library $4000: Stow Munroe Falls Kiwanis Club

First Family Feeding Ohio’s Children Grants paid in 2017-2018 Administrative Year                                                           United Way of Ross County $1000: Chillicothe Kiwanis Club
Food for Kids $1250: Ashville Kiwanis Club

Disaster Relief Grants paid in 2017-2018 Administrative Year
Texas-Oklahoma Kiwanis Foundation $2875
Florida Kiwanis Foundation $1350

2016-17 Grants


General Community Grants


·        Cleveland Kiwanis Club#2 - Upstage players-Tradition Tree Project

·        West Geauga Kiwanis Club -Geauga Park K-9 Fund-support Program Children, Dog Safety, and Dog Education and Awareness

·        Westlake Kiwanis Club-Purchase 3 Dogs for drug program.

·        North Olmsted Kiwanis Club-Playground construction

·        East Toledo-Oregon Kiwanis Club –Support of YMCA sponsored “Safe Routes to School Program

·        Medina Breakfast Kiwanis Club - “Tree House Play Area” at life Skills Training House”.

·        Delphos Kiwanis Club - Splash Pad Project.

·        Medina Noon, Medina Breakfast, Medina Evening, and All Ohio eMedina Kiwanis Clubs - City Pool Project and Concession Stand.


Safe and Healthy Kids Grants


·        Dayton Kiwanis Club-Dayton Children’s Hospital – Provide & Distribute 833 bicycle helmets

·        Mt. Gilead Kiwanis Club- Playground construction

·        Kiwanis Club of Lisbon - Playground project for Christina House

·        Kiwanis Club of Lucasville -Bike Rodeo and Bike Safety Helmets

·        Middletown Kiwanis Club - Sojourner Baskets Of Hope Project.

·        Youngstown Kiwanis Club - Equipment for educational labs, training and teaching children and adults to read







2014 2015 Grants

Chillicothe Kiwanis Club – Playground Project

Brecksville Kiwanis Club – Playground Project

Barberton Kiwanis Club – Skateboarding Park Project

Port Clinton Kiwanis Club – Playground Project

Worthington Linworth Kiwanis Club – Park benches and picnic tables

Medina Evening Kiwanis Club – Replay Toy Project

Wooster Kiwanis Club – Playground Project

Bath-Richfield Kiwanis Club – Playground Project

Akron Children’s Hospital – Emergency room staff training

Akron Children’s Hospital – Boardman Campus – Emergency room staff training

Dayton Children’s Hospital – Emergency room staff training

Cincinnati Children’s Hospital – Emergency room staff training

Rainbow Babies Hospital – Emergency room staff training

Toledo Mercy Children’s Hospital – Emergency room staff training

Nationwide Columbus Children’s Hospital – Emergency room staff training

2013-2014 Grants

Kirtland Kiwanis Club - Technology equipment for school

Magic City Kiwanis Club - CATCH Program at YMCA

Middletown Kiwanis Club - Dolly Parton Imagination Library project

Robinson Memorial Hospital - Nutrition education for children

Sandusky Kiwanis Club - Big Brothers/Big Sisters mentoring program

Ada Kiwanis Club - Pediatric trauma boards and teddy bears

Metro-West Kiwanis Club - Wellness crisis nursery

Family Connections of Northeast Ohio - Little Heights Program

Norwalk Kiwanis Club - Weekend with Hunger program

Downtown Athens Kiwanis Club - Weekend Food Program

Upstage Players - Art Exhibit for special needs students

Westlake Kiwanis Club - Smoke detectors for senior citizens

Bath-Richfield Kiwanis Club - Kiwanis Rock Garden Playground Equipment

Port Clinton Kiwanis Club - Pediatric ambulance equipment

Hilliard Kiwanis Club - Car seat project

Hiram Kiwanis Club - Playground equipment for preschool program

Seville Kiwanis Club - Preschool scholarship

Brooklyn Kiwanis Club - Book Project

West Akron and Bath Kiwanis Clubs - Reading Program Incentives

Camelot Center - Sensory Trail Paving and Mounting Block

Lisbon Kiwanis Club - Bicycle Helmets

In 2012-2013 a total of $32,981 in grants were awarded by the Foundation to the following projects:

Kids in Flight – Wings of Wonder Event

Greenhills-Forest Park Kiwanis Club – Firefighter Physical Fitness Drill for Children

Autism Project of Southern Ohio – wheelchair swing

Xenia Kiwanis Club – Bicycle Helmet and Safety Day Event

Seville Kiwanis Club – Preschool scholarship

Brooklyn Kiwanis Club – Book Project

West Akron and Bath Kiwanis Clubs – Reading Program Incentives

Lisbon Kiwanis Club – Bicycle Helmets

Family Connections of Northeast Ohio – Little Heights Program

Jones Road Family Development Corporation – Orff Instruments for After School Program

Magic City Kiwanis Club – Shoes, Boots and Coats for Needy Children

Mt. Vernon Kiwanis Club – Pediatric Transport Devices

Portsmouth Kiwanis Club – Chalk for Change Anti-Bullying Program

Solon Kiwanis Club – Safety Town Site Improvement

Kenton Kiwanis Club – Pediatric Trauma Boards and Emergency Care Kits

Grafton-Midview Kiwanis Club - $5,000 Splash Station

Forest Park Fire Department – Firefighter Physical Fitness Drill Program

In 2011-2012 a total of $30,273 in grants were awarded by the Foundation to the following projects:

First Lady’s Project – Backpacks for Children’s Services Boards

Rocky River Kiwanis Club – Ambulance Suction Units

Westlake Kiwanis Club – Pediatric Transport Board

Galion Kiwanis Club – Imagination Library

Family Connections, Cleveland Heights – children’s literacy program

Portage Path School of Technology, Akron - Math workbooks for first graders

Riverside School, Cleveland - iPad for special education class

Logan Kiwanis Club - Car seats and Kiwanis bears for EMS

United Ambulance Service, Cambridge - Pedi-Mates

City of North Ridgeville - Pedi-mates

Ohio Wesleyan Circle K and Delaware Evening Kiwanis Club - tool totes for Liberty Community Center

Kiwanis Club of North Olmsted - kindergarten school supplies

Scholarships to Circle K and Key Club Students

In 2010-2011 a total of $33,125 in grants were awarded by the Foundation to the following projects:

Bucyrus Kiwanis Club - 4H multipurpose livestock facility

Neighborhood Properties, Inc., Toledo - Children's Learning Center

Maumee Kiwanis Club - EMS equipment

Middletown Kiwanis Club - Pediatric trauma dolls and blankets

Tiffin Kiwanis Club - Child restraints for ambulance cots

University Kiwanis Club, Clubs of Divisions 10E, 10S, 10W - Pedi-mate systems for fire departments

Willard Kiwanis Club - Child restraints for ambulance cots

Youngstown Kiwanis Club - Car seats for Akron Children's Hospital Beeghly Campus

Geneva Kiwanis Club - Kiwanis Park Projects

Southwest Ohio Kiwanis for Kids - Safety Fair

Lancaster Kiwanis Club - EMS Equipment

Defiance Regional Medical Center Foundation - Car Seat Safety Inspection

Mt. Gilead Kiwanis Club - EMS Equipment

Brecksville Kiwanis Club - Evac-U-Splint systems

Russellville Volunteer Life Squad - Safety Day and EMS Equipment

Delaware General Health District - Safety Day

Elyria Kiwanis Club - ID Kits for Safety Town

Cortland Area Cares - Heater for Food Pantry

Center of Hope for Women and Children - Garden Project

Greenhills-Forest Park Kiwanis Club - Book Project

Westlake Kiwanis Club - Special Olympics

St. Marys Kiwanis Club - Basketball Court Project

Fairfield Kiwanis Club - Bicycle Helmets for Kids Safety Day

Oxford Kiwanis Club - Books for Reach Out and Read Program

In 2009-2010 a total of $35,679.64 in grants were awarded by the Foundation

In 2008-2009 a total of $32,628 in grants were awarded by the Foundation

Our Impact this Kiwanis Year

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