Many applicants ask similar questions regarding our grantmaking process and eligibility. Here, The Foundation shares answers to the most frequently asked questions we receive.
Before contacting The Foundation, please review these FAQs.
Is my organization eligible to apply for a grant?
The Foundation makes only “qualifying distributions” as defined in the United States Internal Revenue Code. Organizations eligible for grants are charitable organizations exempt under Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(3) and governmental entities for public and charitable purposes. Those organizations exempt under Code Section 501(c)(3) should also be exempt under Code Section 509(a)1 or 509(a)2.
The Foundation gives primary consideration to the City of Akron and Summit County, Ohio charitable organizations and/or local chapters of national charities located in the Akron and Summit County, Ohio areas; however, all requests will be reviewed.
Does my organization’s proposal fit Corbin’s mission?
The Foundation works to enrich the lives of the people of Akron and Summit County, Ohio. It supports organizations and programs that benefit Akron and Summit County, Ohio residents.
Although The Foundation has a broad range of funding interests, each application is reviewed on its own merits.
The Foundation does not generally support certain types of requests.
What is the deadline to apply for support?
Deadlines are on or before March 1 and on or before September 1.
When can I apply? Why is the online form not available?
The Foundation has two application cycles. You may apply beginning either January 1 or July 1.
Once an Application Window closes during any particular cycle, the online submission form is disabled and unavailable to applicants until The Foundation is ready to begin receiving requests for the next cycle.
Is there a dollar amount limitation per proposal?
No, but it would be wise to familiarize yourself with some of Corbin’s recent giving history.
My organization is not a new applicant to Corbin, but it is my nonprofit’s first time using Corbin’s online portal. Must I create an account in order to use the portal?
Yes. If it is the organization’s first time applying to Corbin online, an account must be created in order to proceed. The account is specific to the organization. The organization would continue to use the original account even when staffing changes occur within the organization. Make note of your password and make arrangements to share it with your predecessor.
How do I know if my request was received?
When your completed application is received, you will receive a confirmation email.
I have submitted an application. What happens next?
Both telephone and personal interviews during the grant review process are discouraged unless requested by The Foundation.
You may be contacted by email or telephone to provide additional information as needed.
When will I know if my proposal has been granted or declined?
You will be notified in either May or November as to whether your proposal has been granted, declined, or deferred.
How can I check the status of my application?
You will receive a confirmation email when your completed application is received. You will be contacted if additional information is needed.
After your application is reviewed by The Foundation’s Trustees, you will be notified of The Foundation’s decision.
Can I fax, mail or email my request to Corbin?
No! The Foundation does not accept requests sent by fax, mail or email. Faxed, hand-delivered and mailed applications will be returned with an invitation to Corbin’s online application process.