Grants of up to $10,000 to Ohio organizations in eligible regions to benefit members of the local Black community. Funding is intended to support projects and programs in the following areas of focus: education, workforce development, and basic needs. Proposals should benefit residents of Greater Cleveland.
Priority Funding Initiatives
Basic Needs - Funding for programs/projects that provide assistance to those who have some emergency need(s) growing out of a crisis situation.
Programming should be focused on restoring the person/family to an acceptable level of functioning by assisting with food, shelter, clothing, personal items, health needs or transportation.
Funding is not limited to those items listed; they are provided as a guide.
Workforce Development - Funding for programs/projects that assist individuals to return or enter the workforce.
Special emphasis is given to programs that serve those who have little or no connection to the job market, including those who have been previously incarcerated. Job readiness training, record expungement, transportation, and skill-specific training/placement, including soft skill development, are among the services that will be considered for support.
Education - Funding for programs/projects should emphasize early childhood development programs, middle and high school programs and college preparation/academic mentor programs.
Programs should reflect a strong commitment to education and access for low income and under-served populations. Educational programs should enrich participants’ lives by including activities that lead to a change in knowledge, skill or level of appreciation rather than one-time events such as attending a show or visiting a cultural institution.
Arts education programming should provide participants with the expertise that furthers their training and enhances their education and self-development.
Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)
Additional Eligibility Criteria
UBF has helped local, grassroots service agencies in Greater Cleveland by providing them with financial assistance for their programs. UBF funds over 80 nonprofit agencies annually, and these agencies serve thousands of children, families and seniors.
LOI open Friday, May 13 – June 10 until 11:45pm.
Please submit LOI as first step in UBF funding consideration process.