Wightman/Wieber Foundation Grant Guidelines

The grant making program of the Wightman/Wieber Foundation covers a wide variety of needs throughout Erie County. These include, but are not limited to, Arts and Humanities, Community Development, Education, Environment, Health and Social Services and Youth Services. We encourage proposals for projects that:


  • Enhance cooperation and collaboration among Erie County organizations, thereby eliminating duplication of services.

  • Strengthen the organization’s capacity to serve the community.

  • Have potential for leveraging other resources and demonstrate sustainability through additional funding from a broad base of supporters.

  • Yield substantial community benefits and serve a broad segment of the community, particularly the underserved.


Range of grants
Minimum grant awards are $1,000, with a general range of $1,000-$20,000,  Grants are typically awarded for one year only.


Geographic Limitations
Grant projects must serve Erie County residents.



  • Organizations must be determined to be tax exempt by the IRS under Section 501(c)3.

  • Churches, schools, governmental or other entities covered by a group exemption are eligible for funding but must provide a copy of the group exemption letter and documentation of the organization’s inclusion within the group.

  • Generally, grants are not made for advertising or sponsorships; annual campaigns; debt reduction; individuals; medical or other research organizations; political purposes or lobbying activities; routine operating expenses for ongoing programs, salaries/benefits of organization staff; sectarian religious purposes; tickets or advertising for fundraising events.


Application Information
Applications are available for download below.

Completed applications must be received by 5:00 p.m. on March 1 and September 1. 


Please mail application to:

    The Wightman/Wieber Charitable Foundation
    ATTN:  Stephanie M. Lawrence, Administrative Assistant
    Civista Wealth Management
    100 E. Water Street, Sandusky, OH  44870


Incomplete applications, faxed applications, or applications submitted after the deadline will not be considered.


Applicant organizations may be contacted for further information or documentation regarding the grant application. However, it is the policy of the Wightman/Wieber Foundation Distribution Committee not to engage in discussion regarding outcomes of pending grant proposals.


Contact information
Please call 419-625-8424 or email for assistance or questions regarding the Wightman/Wieber grant making program.


Download Applications and Instructions

Click here to download Wightman/Wieber Grant Application, Instructions, and Budget Information

Click here to download Wightman/Wieber Final Grant Report Form

Erie County Community Foundation

Click here to learn more about the Erie County Community Foundation

Policy Change Information

A recent change in our funding policy will not permit us to grant funding request made off-cycle or without a completed Grant Application. Future funding requests will only be considered at our regularly scheduled distribution meetings.


Please be reminded that our foundation has two funding cycles per year. The deadline for the first funding cycle is March 1st. The second funding cycle deadline is September 1.


More specific, any grant application received after our March 1 deadline will be considered at our second annual distribution meeting. Any funding request received after our September 1 deadline will be considered at our first distribution meeting the following year.


Please be reminded that all funding requests must be accompanied by a completed Grant Application Form. Grant Application Forms and Guidelines are available on the foundation website: