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Grants for Kids - Learning Links (LL) + COVID-19 Classroom Relief

Grants to Kentucky, Indiana, and Ohio K-12 Schools in Eligible Counties
for Educational Programs and Equipment During the Coronavirus Crisis

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Funding Source:

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Greater Cincinnati Foundation (GCF)

Deadline Date:

08/07/20 5:00 PM

Description:

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Grants to Kentucky, Indiana, and Ohio K-12 schools in eligible counties for educational programs, equipment, and support during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. Funding is intended to assist with innovative events and projects that enhance schooltime and after-school programming. Funds will also support programs and the provision of equipment and devices designed to address learning loss resulting from the pandemic. Requests will be accepted from eligible schools in Butler, Clermont, Hamilton, and Warren Counties in Ohio; Boone, Campbell, and Kenton Counties in Kentucky; and Dearborn County in Indiana.

Learning Links grants allow local K-12 educators the opportunity for creative and interesting projects or events they would like to bring to the classroom. The current COVID-19 Pandemic has had significant impact on the educational attainment of students in the Greater Cincinnati area. Greater Cincinnati Foundation (GCF) invites schools to apply for a Learning Links + COVID-19 Classroom Relief grant. 

Funding may be used to support, expand or strengthen existing projects or events or launch new projects or events. In addition to classroom programming, projects or events can include after-school programming and service learning projects. Funding may also support capital costs for equipment, devices or supplies which then become property of the school. 

GCF intends to focus on investing in the following areas:

  • Allow local K-12 educators the opportunity for creative and interesting projects or events they would like to bring to their school or classroom.
  • Allow local K-12 educators to initiate programming and/or obtain equipment or devices to address learning loss from the 2019-2020 school year due to COVID-19.

Preference will be given to projects that:

  • Inspire innovative, creative and fun ideas that encourage student participation.
  • Promote diversity, multicultural or intergenerational events.
  • Projects or programs that boost students’ academic performance and address learning loss from the 2019-2020 school year due to COVID-19.
  • Projects or programs that provide students opportunities to engage and serve the community.
  • Have lasting impact on students, the school and its staff.   

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 148122

Estimated Size of Grant:

The maximum grant award is $1,000.

Term of Contract:

Projects or events must take place during the 2020-2021 school year.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Full-time schools serving students in any or all grades from kindergarten through the twelfth grade are eligible. Schools must be in GCF's eight-county service area.

Applicants must be teachers, principals and other educators at local schools serving students K-12.

As a community foundation, GCF is legally restricted from funding:

- Individuals, including scholarships
- Nonprofits (501(c)-) other than charities (501(c)3) unless it can be clearly demonstrated that funds will be used towards public good
- Political campaigns for individual candidates

GCF does not typically provide funding for the following purposes, entities or activities:

- Nonprofits based in our eight counties, but efforts taking place outside of our service area
- Event or conference sponsorship or underwriting
- Production of books, films or videos
- Programs with the sole purpose of re-granting the funds
- Units of government or government agencies
- Lobbying efforts
- Religious organizations that require religious activity for participation
- Playgrounds, sports teams or sports activities
- Regular operating or capital projects for:
a. Individual public, private or parochial schools or universities (including student clubs, school bands, booster clubs,
PTAs, etc.) outside of the Foundation's small grants programs (Learning Links and Summertime Kids)
b. Hospitals
c. Nursing or retirement homes
- Routine computer software/hardware updates
- Vehicles
- Endowment, capital or annual campaigns
- Leasehold improvements
- Debt retirement or funding of an activity after completion
- Loans
- Travel or fees for staff development
- “Emergencies” that don’t affect vulnerable people’s basic human needs

Pre-Application Information:

Deadline to apply: Friday, August 7, 2020, by 5:00 p.m.

A volunteer committee reviews applications and makes funding decisions. Chosen applicants will be notified by mail at the end of August.

Schools applying for funding should verify that all vendors paid with grant funds are on their district’s approved vendor list.

Each school may submit up to two applications, either for two distinctly different programs or the same program for two different groups of students.

Applicant tutorial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=etScRJXC2bE

FAQs: https://www.gcfdn.org/Grants/Grants-FAQs

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Online application portal: https://www.grantinterface.com/Home/Logon?urlkey=gcfdn&;

For questions, please contact:

Roise Polter, Grants Associate
513-768-6154
rosie.polter@gcfdn.org

Grant Coverage Areas:

Greater Cincinnati Area

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Indiana: Dearborn County;   Kentucky: Boone, Campbell, and Kenton Counties;   Ohio: Butler, Clermont, Hamilton, and Warren Counties

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