Application process

  • The organization must be tax-exempt under the IRS Code Section 501(c)3.
  • Your program / project should be aligned with the Foundation’s funding priorities and demonstrate measurable goals and outcomes.
  • Your organization demonstrates a commitment to furthering diversity, equity and inclusion.
  • Your organization’s program / project is located within AES Ohio’s 24-county service area (see map below).
  • If you received funding in the last grant cycle (2023), a final report must be submitted before starting a new application.
  • Review the Foundation funding priorities before starting your application.
  • One grant application can be submitted every 12 months.
  • The deadline for the 2024 cycle is October 1, 2024. The funding will be awarded in the first quarter of 2025.
  • A final report is required at the completion of your project in 2025.

We encourage you to reach out prior to starting an application. If you have questions about the requirements and grantmaking process, please contact Vivian O’Connell, Ohio Impact Leader.



Funding priorities

The AES Ohio Foundation is dedicated to addressing basic needs within our community including food, housing, clothing, and improved health outcomes. We recognize that supporting education, employment readiness and investing in performing arts, visual and broadcast media significantly fosters a more vibrant community. We are leaders in creating a more diverse, equitable and inclusive community through investments that eliminate barriers for individuals who are striving to improve their own lives and support their families.

The Foundation board’s decisions will be guided by the following funding priorities:

AES Ohio Grant Focus Areas Chart

Requests are not considered for:

  • Political campaigns or activities
  • School organizations including bands, athletic teams, clubs
  • Individuals
  • Sponsorships
  • Organizations that discriminate on the basis of race, culture, gender, age or religion
  • Religious organization programs administered for religious purposes
  • Mass funding appeals
AES Ohio service map 2022