Grants

Annual Membership Meeting & Grant Awards

Due to the Ohio Corvid-19 meeting restrictions the Bill Long Foundation held its 2022 annual membership meeting on April 6th online via Zoom. Attending members elected new board members, considered the grant applications, and voted on the level of funding to be awarded for each project. This year 19 organizations submitted 20 projects. Results from the meeting are below. For more information about the meeting go to our Annual Meeting webpage.

Bill Long Foundation 2022 Grant Awards

The 2022 Bill Long Foundation Grant Awards as determined during the April 6th Annual Membership Meeting (final numbers are subject to change as additional pass-through donations are applied).

BLF Grant Cycle History 2006-2022

Mural Project in downtown Oberlin

Photographs of projects receiving funds from the Bill Long Foundation
(Photos provided by organizations receiving BLF grant funding)

Grant Process Instructions

Deadline for the 2022 grant application has passed.
Please note that the next step in the process
will be the BLF annual membership meeting, April 6th.

The Bill Long Foundation (BLF) provides small grants to projects and activities that meet basic human needs or enrich the cultural life of the Oberlin community and its environment. We encourage applications from organizations we have not previously funded. Our grants typically range from $125 to $3,000.

Our grants do not go directly to stipends for individuals applying for support for their work; we encourage individuals with projects for which they seek stipends to work with a local 501(c)(3) - a tax-exempt nonprofit organization that can apply for funding on their behalf and oversee their project

The application process is simple.

1. The grant application form is available on the BLF Documents page.

2. Complete the application form. All requests must be received by Friday, February 4, 2022.

3. Find a member of BLF who thinks what you’re doing is a good idea and would sponsor your request.

4. Submit your completed request in one of these ways:

  • email: blfoberlin@gmail.com

  • regular US mail: Bill Long Foundation, P.O. Box 0141, Oberlin, OH 44074

  • personal delivery to: Krista Long, Ben Franklin/MindFair Books, 13 W. College St., Oberlin

5. Participate in our annual membership meeting April 6, 2022, to present your request and answer our members’ questions. The membership votes on rant requests at this meeting so it is mandatory that someone be present who is knowledgeable about your request. Groups who fail to do this rarely get funded. This meeting may be held online due to COVID restrictions. Further instructions on attending and participating can be found on the BLF Annual Meeting Applicant Directions.

6. Submit by October 1, 2022, a brief written mid-year report acknowledging receipt of funds and providing a summary, as specific as possible, of how funds were used and how effectively the goals of your project were met. Including photographs with your report is encouraged. Those photographs may be posted on this website.


Organizations that have received BLF Grants in the past include:

American Association of University Women
Barefoot Dialogue
Bill Long Foundation Tools & Training Program
Bonner Center for Service and Learning
Boys and Girls Club of Lorain County
City Fresh
Credo Chamber Music
Common Ground - Cindy Nord Center for Renewal
Community Action to Save Strays (CATSS)
DuBois Project of Oberlin
Family Promise of Lorain County
Firelands Association for the Visual Arts (FAVA)
Friends of Westwood Cemetery
GED Program
George Jones Farm
Get with the Program, Inc
Girls Electronic Arts Retreat (GEAR)
Girls in Motion
Habitat for Humanity
Hymn Society
Icho Daiko
John Frederick Oberlin Resident Council
La Leche League of Oberlin
Listening Post
Lorain County Imagination Library
Lorain County Rape Crisis Center
MAD* Factory
Neighborhood Alliance/Senior Services
Neos Dance Theatre
New Agrarian Center (George Jones Farm)
Ninde Scholars Program
Northern Ohio Youth Orchestra (NOYO)
Oberlin African American Genealogy Group
Oberlin Big Parade & Festival
Oberlin Center for the Arts
Oberlin Choristers
Oberlin College Financial Literacy Peer Advisors
Oberlin College Office of Religious & Spiritual Life
Oberlin Community Land Trust
Oberlin Community Mural Project
Oberlin Community Music School
Oberlin Community Services (OCS)
Oberlin Community Youth Scholarship Fund
Oberlin Early Childhood Center
OberlinKids Collaborative
Oberlin Public Library
Oberlin Schools - Eastwood/Prospect PTO
Oberlin Schools - Eastwood/Prospect STEM
Oberlin Schools - Eastwood Elementary School
Oberlin Schools - Farm Collective
Oberlin Schools - High School Backpack Program
Oberlin Schools - High School Band
Oberlin Schools - High School Bike Club
Oberlin Schools - High School Drama Club
Oberlin Schools - High School Guidance Department
Oberlin Schools - High School Hi-Y
Oberlin Schools - High School HOBY
Oberlin Schools - High School Interact Club
Oberlin Schools - High School Library
Oberlin Schools - High School Media Club
Oberlin Schools - High School Middle Years IB Program
Oberlin Schools - High School National Honor Society
Oberlin Schools - High School Orchestra
Oberlin Schools - High School Ski Club
Oberlin Schools - International Baccalaureate
Oberlin Schools - Langston Middle School PTO
Oberlin Schools - Langston Middle School 8th Grade Washington DC Trip
Oberlin Schools - Langston Middle School Field Trip
Oberlin Schools - Langston Middle School Model UN
Oberlin Schools - Langston Middle School Room 200
Oberlin Schools - Open Room Opera
Oberlin Schools - Science Camp
Oberlin Schools - Special Needs Pre-School
Oberlin Skate Park
Oberlin Underground Railroad Center
Oberlin Unitarian Unversalist Fellowship
Oberlin Weekday Community Meals Program
Oberlin Winter Market
Oberlin Youth Soccer Association
Ohio Dance Theatre
Our City Gates: Alpha House Project
Providing Oberlin With Efficiency Responsibly (POWER)
Road to Hope/Margeau House
Ruby N. Jones Community Scholarship Fund
Senior Enrichment Services of Oberlin - Neighborhood Alliance
Slowik Music Institute (Credo Music)
Spanish In The Elementary Schools (SITES)
The Bridge
Western Reserve Land Conservancy
Wilson Bruce Evans Home Historical Society
Zion Community Development Corporation