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Lake-Geauga Fund

Grants to Cleveland Area, Ohio Nonprofits for Innovative Projects
to Address Significant Community Issues in Geauga and Lake Counties

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Grants to Ohio nonprofit organizations in Lake, Geauga, and Cuyahoga counties for projects that address significant community issues in Geauga and Lake Counties. Eligible projects will align with one of the Foundation's priority areas, including: housing and neighborhoods, jobs and economy, inclusion, health, environment, and education and youth development.

Strong submissions will introduce a collaborative mission that addresses at least one of the priorities developed during the community listening sessions, identifies key public or private organizations actively involved with collaboration, and outlines a coordinated approach that moves the needle in the identified priority area(s). While only non-profit organizations are eligible to apply for this grant opportunity, successful collaborations will likely include elements of strong public-private partnership.

The Lake-Geauga Fund of the Cleveland Foundation encourages innovative, yet practical, research-based project proposals. Examples of projects that have been funded include; United Way Services of Geauga County – a collaborative project addressing the rising number of individuals in Geauga County re-entering the community from jail – and Lake County Educational Services Center – a collaborative project that targets K-12 students in both Lake and Geauga counties, forms a partnership with the manufacturing community, and has a goal of providing students the exposure, training, and life skills critical to being successful in a manufacturing environment.

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GrantWatch ID#: 158020

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Term of Contract:

Projects must begin in 2020. The Fund will consider multi-year requests but reserves the right to limit funding to one year.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Grants are awarded to 501(c)3 tax-exempt organizations that provide programs and services that benefit the inhabitants of Lake and Geauga counties.

All nonprofit organizations located in Cuyahoga, Lake, and Geauga counties and providing services in Lake and Geauga are eligible to apply.

Groups or organizations that do not have, or are awaiting, tax-exempt status must partner with a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization in order for the project to be considered for funding. The tax-exempt organization must initiate the application process and will be considered the Fund applicant.

Pre-Application Information:

The submission deadline is September 18, 2019.

Contact Information:

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

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Grants Management

For programmatic questions or information, contact:
Stephen Caviness,, Program Officer

Cleveland Foundation
1422 Euclid Avenue, Suite 1300
Cleveland, OH 44115

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Ohio: Lake and Geauga Counties

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