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Lake-Geauga Fund

Grants to Ohio Nonprofits in Lake and Geauga Counties
for Programs that Address Community Needs

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Grants to Ohio nonprofit organizations serving Lake and Geauga Counties for projects that address significant community issues. Funding will be awarded to programs in the areas of jobs and economy, inclusion, housing and neighborhoods, health, environment, and education and youth development.

The Lake-Geauga Fund RFP will support project proposals that introduce a collaborative mission that addresses a significant local issue, identifies key stakeholders actively involved with collaboration, and outlines a coordinated approach to make a tangible difference. The Lake-Geauga Fund of the Cleveland Foundation encourages innovative, yet practical, research-based project proposals.

Traditional Cleveland Foundation funding supports project proposals that satisfy one or more of four priority areas:
-Improving access to services and programs for vulnerable and underserved populations
-Strengthening nonprofit organizations (capacity building)
-Testing new ideas and different partnerships
-Supporting policy and advocacy

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.

Funding Priorities in Geauga County:

Education and Youth Development: Coordinated, integrated approaches to create relevant, pertinent, and diverse experiences to build better family, community, and career-building opportunities with schools as a hub.

Environment: Preservation of the natural assets that make Geauga County unique with an emphasis on water resources and strategic, conservation-minded land planning.

Health: Early and inclusive access to innovative, holistic, and comprehensive healthcare.

Housing and Neighborhoods: Connect all generations through affordable common spaces where people can live, interact, and support one another.

Inclusion: Address factors such as culture, attitudes and lack of understanding that reinforce different types of exclusion including economic exclusion, age exclusion, and exclusion of individuals with disabilities.

Jobs and Economy: Launch an innovative education model that embeds contemporary skills building and engages business and community.

Funding Priorities in Lake County:

Education & Youth Development – Create an anchor institution task force in Lake County across healthcare, education and economic development to break down silos and focus on the needs of the whole child.

Environment – Improve the protection, restoration and access to the waters of Lake County for future generations.

Health – Enhance opportunities for collaboration and communication among nonprofit organizations to meet and address unmet physical and behavioral health needs of the community.

Housing & Neighborhoods – Promote movement from homelessness to home ownership through social and supportive services and housing rehabilitation, to drive economic and neighborhood development for healthy communities.

Inclusion – End the isolation of vulnerable populations through transportation reform, outreach by social services agencies, addressing the wealth gap in Lake County, conducting better needs assessments and publicizing needs so the whole community understands.

Jobs & Economy – Break down silos in economic development, entrepreneurship fostering and the K-12 education system to promote an environment of collaboration.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 158020

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Estimated Size of Grant:

Under the old Lake-Geauga Fund model, the average grant was around $25,000. The new fund strategy aims to give larger grants that are more impactful.

Term of Contract:

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.

Generally Not Funded:
-For-profit organizations
-Endowment campaigns, annual appeals, or membership drives
-Religious organizations for religious purposes
-Travel for individuals or groups when travel is the proposal’s primary focus
-Community services such as police and fire protection
-Staff positions for government agencies
-Capital projects for hospitals, nursing homes, or institutions of higher education
-Publications, audiovisual projects, or video productions. However, consideration may be given when they fall within a promising project.

Pre-Application Information:

Submission Deadline: September 28, 2018

All applications must be submitted online through Grants Gateway. If someone does not have access to the online system, a Grantee Request Form must be completed.

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Contact Information:

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

To apply online:

For additional questions about eligibility, the application process, or technical assistance with Grants Gateway, contact:

For programmatic questions or information, contact:
Stephen Caviness, Program Officer
(216) 615-7582

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

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Ohio: Lake and Geauga Counties