Eight Agencies Receive CARES Act Grants Thanks to Foundation, City of Hillird

Eight community non-profit agencies will receive Hilliard Community Foundation grants thanks to CARES Act funds dedicated by Hilliard City Council.

In October, Council provided the foundation with a $150,000 grant, with the goal of supporting non-profit agencies that provide health and human/social services and that have been negatively affected by the pandemic.

“Local health and human services agencies have been significantly impacted by COVID-19,” said City Manager Michelle Crandall. “The goal of providing a grant to Hilliard Community Foundation that could be used to support these local agencies is to ensure they can continue to serve those in need in our community during this difficult time.”  

The CARES Act funds were provided to the City of Hilliard through State House Bill 614.

Agencies receiving the funds were:

Dot’s Tots Foundation ($22,292): The grant replaces revenue lost from three events that were cancelled due to COVID-19.

Hilliard Food Pantry ($20,119): The grant supports the operations of the food pantry, which has seen a significant increase in need compared to 2019.

Patches of Light ($30,000): The grant replaces lost revenue from 154 registrations.

United Methodist Church Preschool ($7,589): The grant will pay for additional sinks that were installed to allow preschool to comply with state social distancing requirements.

First Baptist Church of Hilliard ($25,000): The grant will reimburse the costs of materials such as masks, cleaning supplies, extra facility cleaning, updated thermostats, gloves, sanitizers, and other items.

SON Ministries ($25,000): The grant will pay for increased costs associated with cleaning and program supplies, and supplies needed to support families in paying rent and utilities during the pandemic.

Kiwanis Club ($10,000): The grant offsets lost revenue from cancelled events, including the Farm Science Review and Franklin County Fair food concessions.

St. Brendan Church ($10,000): The grant will reimburse expenses for various cleaning and sanitizing expenses associated with meeting the state’s guidelines for reopening the preschool, as well as the purchase of protective Plexiglas shields and equipment to facilitate live-streaming services.

About the Grants

Applicant Eligibility

  • Applicant organization must be a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that:
    • Provides health and/or human/social services
    • Serves City of Hilliard residents
    • Is in good standing with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), and
    • Is in compliance with the State of Ohio Attorney General’s Office

Funding Guidelines

  • Only one (1) application per 501(c)3 will be accepted.
  • There is no minimum or maximum grant award.
  • The Hilliard Community Foundation reserves the right to not award, or to partially award, eligible agencies and eligible fund requests.
  • Grant funding can be used for revenue losses and/or increased expenses incurred by the applicant agency from March 1, 2020, to December 4, 2020, as caused by, or in response to, the COVID-19 public health emergency.
  • Grant funding may not supplant other federal funds received by the agency.
  • Agencies that are awarded grants will be required to submit final expenditure documentation by December 4, 2020.
  • All agencies will be required to return unused/unexpended CARES Act funds to the Hilliard Community Foundation by December 7, 2020.

Grant Request Categories


  • Unforeseen losses of revenue:
    • As caused by, or in response to, the COVID-19 public health emergency
    • From March 1, 2020 through December 4, 2020
    • Revenue means: income coming into the agency for operations and programming


  • This category includes increased or new expenses as caused by, or in response to, the COVID-19 public health emergency from March 1, 2020 through December 4, 2020
  • Types of expenses include:
    • Unforeseen and unbudgeted agency business expenses
    • Unforeseen expenses for residents to access basic needs and resource supports
    • Increased or new expenses to obtain goods and services

Financial Investment and Impact Reporting

Grantees will be required to document the actual expenditure of the grant funds by December 4, 2020, and describe the work and achievements resulting from the investment of CARES Act funds.