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Social Enterprise

Social Enterprise

The Columbus Foundation’s Fund for Financial Innovation supports transformative and pioneering ideas that demonstrate cost savings or increased earnings through social enterprise. Social enterprises are revenue-generating businesses with two goals: to achieve social outcomes and to earn revenue.

Competitive Applications


  • Applications indicating a readiness to pursue a project will be most competitive. 

Non-competitive Applications


  • Applications addressing short-term cash flow needs or supporting core operating costs.
  • Applications from hospitals, colleges, and universities.
  • Applications designed to develop ideas.

Grant Application Process


  • Submit a description of 250 words or less via email describing your organization’s proposed project including:
    • Timeline,
    • List of other partner organizations, if any,
    • How the project reinforces the core mission and values of your organization(s),
    • How the proposed project is innovative, transformative, or pioneering,
    • Plans for sustaining your project beyond the grant period, and
    • How your project addresses social enterprise.
  • Project descriptions are accepted at any time, there is no specific deadline.
  • Projects that best fit the Foundation’s grantmaking interests and are strongly competitive will receive an application.



Applicants must have:

  • A primary impact in Franklin County.
  • All applicants will be expected to provide annual audits for the past three years as attachments to the online application; please refer to the Foundation’s Audit Requirement and Exemption Request Form.

Applicants can submit and/or be a part of multiple applications.

Staff Contacts


For questions, contact Emily Savors.