Endowment Fund


The Oberlin Schools Endowment Fund was established in 1986 by the Oberlin Board of Education.  Our purpose is to help provide extra resources for the Oberlin City Schools through grants. It is a nonprofit,charitable fund that is under the umbrella of the Community Foundation of Lorain County. It is governed by a 14-person board.

An annual letter campaign, as well as smaller fundraising events, help to build the fund. The Endowment Fund is also interested in any type of charitable gift planning that a potential donor might consider. Those donations could be in the form of appreciated stock, a piece of real property, or one of the simplest forms of gift, the mention of the Oberlin Schools Endowment Fund in a will or estate plan. Donations to the Endowment Fund are never spent, only the investment income is used to fund grants. The fund has grown appreciably since its establishment. We would like to see it continue to grow so that the amount available for grants, to support the Oberlin schools, likewise grows. Donations to the fund are truly an investment in the children of Oberlin.

If you would like to help, your tax deductible donation may be sent to: 

Community Foundation, 9080 Leavitt Road, Elyria, OH 44035


If you would be interested in serving on the board, please email : endowment@oberlinschools.org 
Grant Recipients
The Oberlin Schools Endowment Grant Application for the 2014-2015 school year is now available
Grants are due to the board of education offices by Friday, March 21, 2014 at 3:30 p.m.

 Any Oberlin School District employee or group of employees may apply for a grant by submitting a grant proposal.  According to the bylaws of the Endowment Board of Trustees, community members are also welcome to submit proposals through a key teacher or group of teachers with whom they would develop a project.

•If more than one person is applying for a grant, ALL applicants must sign the grant application.
  • It is important include a phone number for the primary contact and emails for all signing applicants 
•If a community member is applying for a grant, the key teacher(s) must sign the grant. 
•A building administrator’s signature is required.
•If two or more applicants submit a grant application, a coordinator (one person) must be listed as the primary contact. 
•If a grant application is submitted that involves two or more school buildings, an administrator's signature from each building is required.

The Oberlin Schools Endowment Fund represents a long term effort to provide a source of funding to stimulate and sustain creative co-curricular and extra curricular programs which are supportive of the aims and goals established by the Oberlin Board of Education. The distribution of funds across the categories will be determined by the percentage of available funds for each of the categories and by the nature and quality of grant applications which appear to address the priorities as established by the Board of Trustees.