OSBF's Racial Justice Initiative

$500,000 in Grant Funding Now Available


For the first time ever, the OSBF is providing up to $500,000 in grant funding to support initiatives focused on long-lasting impact and institutional change for racial justice. This grant money will be given out in addition to the Foundation’s traditional fall grant cycle.

Grant applications for OSBF’s new Racial Justice Initiative should specifically address and support initiatives concerning systemic racism that hinder the pursuit of justice and public understanding of the rule of law for the historically marginalized communities of color in Ohio.



Grant funding for the Racial Justice Initiative will occur in phases. The deadline for phase one is August 17 at 5 PM. Subsequent phase deadlines will occur on October 15, 2020, January 15, 2021, and March 15, 2021. Applications that are submitted after one of the deadlines will be considered for the next phase, pending availability of funds and continuance of the initiative.


Submitting an Application

All applications can be submitted through OSBF’s online portal. For new applicants who need to create an account and start a new request, click here. For returning applicants who wish to start a new request, continue a saved request, view a previous submission, or manage grant requirements, click here.

Organizations can apply for grant money through the OSBF's Racial Justice Initiative and through the traditional fall grant cycle. However, the proposals must be unrelated.


Applicant Resources

As your organization works through the grant application process, reference the resources below for help.



If you have any questions, please contact OSBF Grants Manager Tiffany Patterson at 614-487-4483 or TPatterson@OSBF.net.