Funding Guidelines and Applications

Funding Purposes

The People Fund can provide financial assistance to individuals for emergency or special needs, such as emergency funding for fire victims or special equipment for the blind, paraplegics or others. It can provide clothing, food or shelter for those in dire circumstances. It is meant for emergency and one-time needs that can’t be met through other agencies.

For organizations, funding could be used for lifesaving equipment, educational programs, food banks, child care programs or to initiate or expand critical community programs.

Requests Not Funded

The People Fund is not meant to pay past-due electric or other types of past-due bills. It is not intended to be a sole source of funding or provide standard operating expenses of existing programs for organizations.

Funding Considerations
  • Is it a special or emergency need?
  • Are other sources of funding available for this request?
  • Is there financial need?
  • What is the benefit to the community, co-op members and the general service area?
  • What level of community support is there for this request?
  • Are they a co-op member?
Applications for Funding

All grant applications are reviewed by the Consolidated Cooperative Foundation Board of Directors. To apply for a grant, download the application below and return by mail, fax or email.

Applications must be submitted to The People Fund, one month prior to a quarterly board meeting:

The People Fund Board Meetings

The People Fund Board meets quarterly in March, June, September and December each year. 

Download Application and Checklist for Submissions

Application Checklist 
Individual or Family Application
Organization/Agency Application

Please fax applications directly to the People Fund at 419-949-2959.

Questions about The People Fund? Check the FAQ or fill out the form below.

The People Fund

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