Ross Community Foundation

An Affiliate of Hamilton Community Foundation

Community Impact Fund

The Unrestricted Community Impact Fund grants are made possible through the generosity and vision of donors in the Ross community who want to empower the Foundation Advisory board to meet the needs in Ross today and in the future. Grants are awarded to support nonprofit organizations serving the Ross community.  

Organizations wishing to apply for the 2023 Grant Session can do so here. Applications are due April 15. Awards will be made in May.


The Ross Community Foundation - an affiliate of the Hamilton Community Foundation -  grant opportunities are made possible through generous donations from individuals and businesses in the Ross and local areas. The RCF board of trustees is made of up to seven volunteers from the Ross community to review and award grants based on the need, impact and merit.   
Amount of Awards: Grants range from $500 - $5,000   
Timeline:  Deadline for proposals –  April 15, 2023   
Geographic Focus:  Nonprofit organizations serving Ross communities - Ross Township, Morgan Township, Hanover Township, Riley Township, St. Clair Township, City of Fairfield.     
Restrictions: RCF does not make grants to individuals. Recipients must be a tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization as determined by the Internal Revenue Service, a public entity, such as a city, school, church or state agency.  
RCF may ask you to attend a board meeting, conduct site visit or telephone to get additional information.  A site visit by the Committee does not guarantee funding approval. This would be conducted in a group setting and the nonprofit will be notified prior to any visit. If a grant application clearly does not meet the criteria, the applicant will be notified immediately. 

RCF requires that organizations submit a completed Grant Outcome Evaluation Report for a grant previously awarded before a new grant application will be considered.

KEEP IN MIND: Grant applicants will be notified of acceptance or denial by a board member in person.  An official email will be sent to complete the grant process with further instructions to receive the funds. We will post a list of all grant recipients on the website. 

Apply for a grant from the Ross Community Foundation

How it works

A grant applicant creates an account in the Online Grants Application, and then logs on and starts a new grant application.  Your application can be saved as a draft, and when you log on again it's easy to return to that draft, make edits, and submit the application.  Each account maintains a record of the application history that you can access at any time.  

Creating your online account

All applicants are required to create an account. We suggest creating your account well in advance of the grant deadline to avoid any last-minute issues.  At the time of registration, you are required to enter the following information:

  • A username that is an email address
  • Your contact information
  • Your organization's information, including the EIN/Tax ID number (required)
  • Contact information for the organization's Executive Director/CEO or other designee

 Helpful tips when applying

  • For the best user experience when accessing our Online Grants Manager, we suggest using one of the following browsers: Google Chrome 14 or higher, Firefox 9 or higher, or Safari 4 or higher.  Do not use Internet Explorer. 
  • Our grants must be paid to a registered 501 (c) (3) non-profit or to a public entity, such as a city, public school or state agency.  All others will need to use a fiscal sponsor.  

All applications are due by 5:30pm on the date of the deadline.  You will not be able to submit your application after that time.

Ready to apply?

Click here to access the online grant application system to create your account.


If you have any questions, please contact Katie Braswell, Vice President.