A person who establishes a Master Trust or a Pooled Medicaid Payback Trust has the option to leave a percentage of the trust assets remaining at the beneficiary’s death to Community Fund Management Foundation.  CFMF uses those funds to make grants for the benefit of Ohio residents with disabilities and to fellow nonprofits that serve people with disabilities.

To qualify for an individual grant, the individual applicant must be disabled or blind as defined by 42 U.S.C. 1382c(a) and must demonstrate financial need and an inability to purchase a disability-related item or service without grant assistance.  CFMF offers three types of grants for individuals with disabilities.

Accessibility Grant: Disability-Related Items for Individuals

This grant is for Ohio residents with disabilities who need to make home or vehicle modifications or purchase adaptive equipment, adaptive technology, communication devices, or other disability-related items in order to increase accessibility at home, work, or school, but who cannot obtain sufficient alternative funds to pay for such items.

  • An individual may submit an application for this grant, or it may be submitted on behalf of the individual by the individual’s parent or immediate family member or court-appointed guardian.  If the individual is the beneficiary of an open, active CFMF trust account, a grant application may also be submitted by the CFMF Designated Advocate for that account.
  • The applicant must demonstrate that he/she is disabled or blind as defined by 42 U.S.C. 1382c(a).
  • The applicant must provide documentation from the intended vendor, showing the vendor’s business name and address and the cost of the item to be funded.  CFMF grant checks are usually made payable to vendors, not to individual grant applicants.  Any exceptions to this check issuance policy must be requested on the application form and may or may not be granted.
  • The applicant must demonstrate a need for the disability-related item for which funding is requested and must lack sufficient alternative resources to pay for it.
  • If the grant will not fully cover the cost of the item, the application must explain how the balance of funds will be obtained.
  • While an individual may submit multiple applications for multiple grants, a lifetime maximum of $5,000 per individual applicant will be imposed.
  • Additional requirements are set forth in the application form.

Education, Therapy and Services Grant: Disability-Related Services for Individuals

This grant is for Ohio residents with disabilities who wish to apply for the cost of registration, tuition, fees, and/or travel expenses to attend an educational program or therapy program or to access disability-related services.

  • An individual may submit an application for this grant, or it may be submitted on behalf of the individual by the individual’s parent or immediate family member or court-appointed guardian.  If the individual is the beneficiary of an open, active CFMF trust account, a grant application may also be submitted by the CFMF Designated Advocate for that account.
  • The person attending the educational or therapy program or receiving the disability-related services must be disabled or blind as defined by 42 U.S.C. 1382c(a).
  • The applicant must provide documentation from the intended vendor, showing the vendor’s business name and address and the cost of the services to be funded.  CFMF grant checks are usually made payable to vendors, not to individual grant applicants.  Any exceptions to this check issuance policy must be requested on the application form and may or may not be granted.
  • The applicant must demonstrate how he/she expects to benefit from the educational program, therapy program, or disability-related services, and must lack sufficient alternative resources to pay for the program or services.
  • If the grant will not fully cover the cost of the services, the application must explain how the balance of funds will be obtained.
  • While an individual may submit multiple applications for multiple grants, a lifetime maximum of $5,000 per individual applicant will be imposed.
  • Additional requirements are set forth in the application form.

Hardship Grant for Former CFMF Trust Beneficiaries

This grant is for Ohio residents with disabilities who previously had a CFMF trust account but have exhausted their trust funds and are now experiencing a financial hardship.  The grant can pay for the same types of items and services that a CFMF trust account could pay for.

  • An individual may submit an application for this grant, or it may be submitted on behalf of the individual by the individual’s parent or immediate family member or court-appointed guardian.  Because there is no open, active CFMF trust account, the application may not be submitted by the former CFMF Designated Advocate unless that former Designated Advocate is also the beneficiary, the parent or immediate family member, or the court-appointed guardian.
  • The applicant must provide documentation from the intended vendor, showing the vendor’s business name and address and the cost of the items or services to be funded.  CFMF grant checks are usually made payable to vendors, not to individual grant applicants.  Any exceptions to this check issuance policy must be requested on the application form and may or may not be granted.
  • The applicant must demonstrate a need for the item or services to be funded and must lack sufficient alternative resources to pay for the item or services.
  • If the grant will not fully cover the cost of the item or services, the application must explain how the balance of funds will be obtained.
  • While an individual may submit multiple applications for multiple grants, a lifetime maximum of $5,000 per individual applicant will be imposed.
  • Additional requirements are set forth in the application form.

Grant for Nonprofit Organizations

This grant is for organizations that provide direct services or improve access to services for people with disabilities.  To qualify, the recipient entity must be tax exempt pursuant to 26 U.S.C. 501(c)(3) and demonstrate that it has a policy confirming it will not unlawfully discriminate in its employment practices, volunteer opportunities, or the delivery of programs or services, on the basis of race, religion, gender, national origin, age, medical condition, disability, veteran status, marital status, or sexual orientation.

  • Submission requirements:  The application must be submitted by an officer of the organization.  All required supporting documentation must be submitted along with the completed application form.  Supporting documentation requirements are listed on the form.
  • Project clarity and focus:  The project to be funded should be clearly defined.  Projects that address unmet needs, projects that expand services, and special or one-time projects will be favored.
  • Permissible uses of grant funds:  The reason for the grant may include, but is not limited to, expansion of services, training, purchase of equipment such as a wheelchair accessible van for transporting clients, remodeling of the organization’s office to allow for greater accessibility, or software that will enable the organization to provide more efficient services.  A grant will not be awarded for expenses that may be categorized as typical operating expenses or overhead, including but not limited to payment of rent, property taxes, or employees’ salaries.
  • Population to be served:  The application must include a description of the population that will be served if this grant is approved.
  • Demonstration of need:  The applicant must demonstrate a need among the people to be served.  Projects that duplicate existing services may be disfavored, unless the applicant shows a need for increased services of the same type or shows active coordination with the existing services or service providers.
  • Other funding sources:  If the CFMF grant will not fully cover the cost of the project, the applicant must explain how the balance of funds will be obtained.
  • Geographic restrictions:  The project must serve Ohio residents with disabilities.
  • Evaluation method:  Applicants must demonstrate a plan for evaluating the effectiveness of the grant and the project to be funded.
  • Grant amount:  While a qualifying organization may submit multiple applications, the combined value of all grant(s) awarded to the same organization shall not exceed $20,000.

HOW TO APPLY FOR A GRANT

Download the application form from our forms page or click on the links below. You may also contact the CFMF Administrative Office at 216/736-4540 to request a copy by mail or email.

Applications must be in black and white print, single-sided, on 8.5″x11” paper.  For Individual applications, a maximum of fifteen (15) single-sided pages will be accepted.  For Nonprofit applications, a maximum of forty (40) single-sided pages will be accepted.

Completed applications should be sent to CFMF’s Administrative office via regular mail or fax:

Community Fund Management Foundation
Attn: Grants
17900 Jefferson Park
Suite 102
Middleburg Heights, OH  44130

Phone: 216/ 736-4540
Fax: 216/ 867-9783

All applicants will receive a confirmation letter when the application is received by CFMF.  Incomplete applications will be returned if the sender’s information can be identified.

Applications may be sent to CFMF at any time.  However, applications will be reviewed only after the end of each quarter within the calendar year.  Please note that due to the quarterly review and approval schedule, available funds could be exhausted before the end of the calendar year, so it may be in applicants’ best interest to submit applications early in the calendar year.  CFMF shall review each submitted Application on at least a quarterly basis:  specifically, after March 31, June 30, September 30, and December 31.  Each grant request will be reviewed to verify that it meets the requirements set forth in this document and on the application forms.  All applicants shall be notified of the approval or denial of their applications within forty (40) days from the end of the quarter in which the application was received by CFMF.

Application Forms

Grant Application Instructions (effective 1/1/19) – NEW

Grant Application for Individuals (effective 1/1/19) – NEW

Grant Application for Nonprofits (effective 1/1/19) – NEW

Grant Application Instructions (not applicable after 12/31/18)

Grant Application for Individuals (not accepted after 12/31/18)

Grant Application for Nonprofits (not accepted after 12/31/18)