Grant Recipients:

Selected twice per year, in June and December

How to Apply for a Grant

The selection committee will evaluate grant proposals that conform to the application process as described below:

The Submission Process

Please read the full formatting requirements for the concept paper and full proposal before submitting.

Step One:

Concept Paper Submission:

Initiative concept papers must be submitted in a one-page PDF form and will only be accepted via this form.

Step Two:

Full Proposal Submission:

A select number of concept papers will be invited to submit full proposals. Candidates will be notified and required to submit full proposals via email only. Full proposals MUST follow these requirements.

The Submission Cycles

Spring Submission:

Concept Paper Submission:

The first step is sending us an initial concept paper. Spring concept papers are due on March 31st.

Approval

Full Proposal Submission:

From this group, a limited subset will be invited to submit a full proposal, which will be due May 15th.

Funding Notification:

Applicants will notified of funding by June 30th.

Fall Submission:

Concept Paper Submission:

The first step is sending us an initial concept paper. Fall concept papers are due on September 30th.

Approval

Full Proposal Submission:

From this group, a limited subset will be invited to submit a full proposal, which will be due November 15th.

Funding Notification:

Applicants will notified of funding by December 31st.

Callahan Foundation Funding Guidelines

Applications will only be accepted from non-profits organizations operating within the following counties: Cuyahoga, Lorain, Medina, Summit, Portage, Geauga and Lake. No applications from individuals will be accepted.

The Callahan Foundation will consider grants for capital projects, general operating support, and project specific funding. A separate allocation will be made to support organizational and leadership development including: strategic planning, succession planning, executive leadership coaching and development, and fundraising leadership and development.

Grants will be awarded to selected non-profits that demonstrate superior leadership. While some quantitative measures, such as the percentage of revenue direct to programs will be used, an additional effort will be made to incorporate qualitative measures from site visits and interviews.

Our current focus is on the following program areas:

 

  • Education with an emphasis on access to higher education and special needs support programs in K–12.
  • Social services that emphasize access for disadvantaged populations to healthcare or extended independent living situations.
  • Arts organizations with innovative audience engagement and outreach programs.
  • Local, cost-effective economic development efforts.

Frequently Asked Questions


When was the Callahan Foundation established?

The Foundation was established in 1968.


Who is the founder of the Callahan Foundation?

The Foundation was founded by Francis Joseph (“Joe”) Callahan and his wife, Mary Elizabeth Callahan.


Where was the Callahan Foundation established?

The Foundation was established in Northeast Ohio.


Who leads the Callahan Foundation?

The Foundation is led by Tim J. Callahan, F.J. and Mary Callahan’s son, who serves as the President and Executive Director of the Callahan Foundation


What are the values of the Callahan Foundation?

Transparency. Accountability. Effectiveness. Innovation.


What does the Callahan Foundation do?

The organization awards grants to non-profit organizations, primarily in Northeast Ohio, demonstrating superior entrepreneurial leadership and a track record of value creation.


Why entrepreneurial leadership and value creation?

Joe Callahan’s education at the United States Naval Academy and submarine school gave him the life skills to be successful in life and business. The training to endure the rigors of life aboard a submarine taught him the importance of organization, accountability, leadership and trust in the abilities of his fellow submariners. His legacy is to contribute to the community, who he felt gave so much to him, by encouraging these values in deserving non-profits throughout the area.


What is the Callahan Foundation’s focus?

The focus of the Callahan Foundation is in the areas of higher education, the arts and social services.


How many grants has the Callahan Foundation awarded?

The Foundation has awarded over $15 million in grants since its inception.


What organizations have benefitted from the Callahan Foundation in the past?

The Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland Orchestra, Cleveland Institute of Music, MOCA Cleveland and Case Western Reserve University have all been awarded grants by the Callahan Foundation.