Grants Awarded

The Defiance Area Foundation awards grants from a variety of funds that reflect the charitable interests of its donors and the diverse needs of Defiance County.

Since inception, over six million dollars has been distributed to local charitable organizations making life better in our area.

2020-2021 Awards

ACRES Land Trust
Amvets Ladies Auxiliary Dept. of Ohio
Andrew Tuttle Memorial Museum
Ark Preschool
Ayersville Athletic Boosters
Ayersville Education Foundation
Ayersville Local School District
Black Swamp Area Council #449
Center for Child and Family Advocacy
Central Local School District
Christmas Cruise Thru
Christmas For Kids/ FM 98.1
City of Defiance
Clothes for Kids Fund
Community Health Professionals
Conquer Childhood Cancer Now
Defiance Area YMCA
Defiance Baseball Association
Defiance City School Foundation
Defiance College
Defiance County 4-H Advisory Council
Defiance County DARE Program
Defiance County Furniture Bank
Defiance County Historical Society
Defiance County Sheriff’s Office
Defiance Development and Visitor’s Bureau
Defiance Dream Center
Defiance Fastpitch Softball League
Defiance High School Athletic Department
Defiance Rotary Foundation
Defiance Softball Association
Defiance Youth Football
Fairview Athletic Boosters Association
Fairview Schools Fund
First Presbyterian Church
First Presbyterian Church of Bonita Springs
Fort Defiance Humane Society
Fort Defiance Players
Hicksville Exempted Village Schools
Holy Cross Catholic School
Huber Opera House


Independence Education Center
Johnson Memorial Library Friends
Junior Achievement of Northwest Ohio
Kaitlyn’s Cottage
Keller Assists Veterans In Crisis
Lily Creek Farms
Marshalls Mountain Inc.
National Fire Safety Council
Northwest Ohio Community Action Commission
Power Ministry
Project 2030
ProMedica Defiance Regional
Hospital Foundation
RAVENS Care Inc.
Recovery Services of Northwest Ohio
River Dogs
Ronald McDonald House
Charities of Central Ohio
Sauder Village
Sherwood Community Fire Company
Sherwood United Methodist Church
Sight Center of Northwest Ohio
Sonrise Community Church
Soup-er Saturday
South Richland Volunteer Fire Department
St. John Lutheran School
St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church
St. Mary’s Church
St. Michael’s Catholic Church
St. Paul’s United Methodist Church
St. Vincent de Paul Society
Tinora High School
Tinora Music Boosters
Tinora School Foundation
United Way of Defiance County
Victory Christian Academy
Village of Sherwood
Washington Evangelical Free Church
Women’s Giving Circle
Youth Engaged Leadership
Philanthropy (YELP) Fund
Zion’s Lutheran Church

Apply for a Grant

Grants are awarded twice a year. These awards support a variety of programs in the fields of education, social services, physical and mental health, neighborhood and urban affairs, natural resources, and the arts. Grant applications are due March 31st and September 30th.

unnamed (6)

Who We Are

We are a community of donors committed to making Defiance County a great place to live and call home. We provide a vehicle to serve the philanthropic goals and heritage of the donors of Defiance County through community collaboration, impactful grant making, and financial stewardship.