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Grants to Greater Cleveland, Ohio Nonprofits and Agencies for Arts,
Education, Human Services, Economic Development, and Youth

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Foundation / Corporation

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Deadline Date:

10/31/19 - For requests over $200,000; Requests for under $200,000 are accepted on an ongoing basis.


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Grants to Greater Cleveland, Ohio nonprofits and government agencies to enhance the quality of life for residents of Lake, Geauga, and Cuyahoga Counties. Applicants for large grant requests must submit an initial inquiry prior to submitting a full application.

Priority is given to programs in the following areas:

- Arts and Culture
- Economic and Workforce Development
- Education
- Environment
- Health and Human Services
- Leadership Development
- Neighborhood Revitalization and Engagement
- Youth and Social Services

In general, the Foundation gives priority to those projects that improve access to services and programs for vulnerable and underserved populations; strengthen nonprofit organizations; test new ideas and different partnerships; and support policy and advocacy.

Capital Requests:

Capital requests (such as those for buildings, land, or equipment), are supported when they meet certain stringent criteria. Capital projects must advance areas of impact help to meet a compelling community need, and offer a broad social benefit.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 166072

Estimated Size of Grant:

Applicants must choose between these grant amounts:
- Under $200,000 (Monthly Decision)
- Over $200,000 (Quarterly Decision)

The Foundation does not predetermine funding levels. Applicants should request the amount that meets the needs of the program, and at a level that is consistent with the organization’s capacity and other anticipated or received support.

Term of Contract:

Generally, grants are made for one to two years; although they may be longer, given program priorities. Unless specifically notified differently by the foundation, applicants may apply for continued support of a previously funded purpose or project.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Cleveland Foundation makes most of its grants to tax-exempt (private agencies classified as 501(c)(3) organizations) public charities as defined by the Internal Revenue Service. Some grants are also made to government agencies.

The Foundation generally does not make grants to:
-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:

The Foundation requires all grant applicants to submit an online grant inquiry, outlining basic information about the proposed project. Inquiries may be submitted at any time and will be reviewed on a rolling basis according to the dates listed below. The Foundation recommends submitting one inquiry per proposed project. If it is determined that your project fits the Foundation’s guidelines, you will be asked (within a few weeks) to submit a full application. Please note that an invitation to submit a full application does not guarantee funding at any level.

Deadlines: The deadlines below reference full application submission.

Under $200,000 (Monthly Decision):
Applications received before the 15th of the month generally receive a decision by the end of the following month. Applications that involve complex or new programs, or those that have significant unanswered questions, may require a longer review period.

Over $200,000 (Quarterly Decision):
Inquiry: January 15
Full Application Submitted By: January 30
Decision Date: March 19

Inquiry: April 15
Full Application Submitted By: April 30
Decision Date: June 27

Inquiry: July 15
Full Application Submitted By: July 30
Decision Date: September 25

Inquiry: October 15
Full Application Submitted By: October 30
Decision Date: December 18

The Foundation cannot fund projects already under way or projects that have already been completed. Please submit your request well in advance of your project’s start date.

When the Foundation participates in a capital project, support is contingent on funding from other sources. The Foundation generally does not authorize payment until the organization has raised a significant amount of its total dollar goal.


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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.

Apply Online:

Karen Bartrum Jansen, Grants Coordinator

Grants Management

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

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