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The Char and Chuck Fowler Family Foundation Grant

Grants to Northeast Ohio Nonprofits for
Health Care, Arts, and Educational Programming

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The Char and Chuck Fowler Family Foundation

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Grants to Northeast Ohio nonprofits for programs and projects in the areas of arts, education, and health, primarily in Cuyahoga County. A letter of inquiry is due by August 15, 2018. Funding is intended to increase access to the arts, academic enrichment through innovative learning methods, and support youth and young adult cancer research, clinical trials, and programs.

Grants are awarded for the following purposes:

- Operating support
- Programmatic support
- Capacity building
- Capital support

Funding Area Details:

Arts: Through arts funding, the Foundation seeks to weave the arts into the fabric of Northeast Ohio communities to engage and inspire the people living in them. The Foundation seeks innovative ways to reach new and current audiences in a meaningful way and increase access to the arts.

Education: The Foundation seeks to fund creative out-of-school-time programming in Cuyahoga County that benefit a significant number of students who are in preschool – grade 12. The focus is in working with nonprofits that serve schools that have children and families most acutely impacted by educational inequity in Northeast Ohio, are under resourced, encounter barriers, lack funding, and have lower graduation rates.

Health Care: The Foundation seeks to increase the awareness of Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) Cancer in Northeast Ohio. This may include funding research, clinical trials, programs, and services that focus on prevention and cures. It also supports funding for comprehensive reproductive health and access to quality healthcare, throughout Northeast Ohio, for persons of any age.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 173669

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Proposals will be accepted from organizations based in Northeast Ohio, primarily those that have a significant impact on Cuyahoga County. Proposals from organizations located outside of NE Ohio will be considered only if invited by a Trustee.

To be eligible for support, an organization must be:
- Tax-exempt or operate under the fiscal sponsorship of a tax-exempt nonprofit
- Consistent with one or more of the focus areas
- Operated and organized so that it does not discriminate in the hiring of staff or provision of services on the basis of race, religion, gender or gender identity, sexual orientation, age, national origin, or disability.

Generally not funded:​
- Grants to individuals
- Sectarian religious activity
- Individual scholarships or grants, even if through an otherwise qualified organization
- Endowment funds
- Debt reduction
- Foreign operations or expenditures
- National fundraising campaigns or mass mailing campaigns
- Membership in civic organizations or trade associations
- Fraternal societies
- Funds for sponsorships for fundraising events, award events, banquets, golf outings, purchases of event tickets, etc.
- Private foundations or public charities with a non-private foundation status of 509(a)(3). If you are unsure of your 509(a) status, please consult your tax adviser.
- Annual support to local or national offices of organizations whose stated purpose is to combat a particular disease or family of diseases
- Organizations that do not provide services to Northeast Ohio or whose missions fall outside the program areas

Pre-Application Information:

Summer/Fall 2018 Grant Cycle
- Letter of Inquiries due August 15, 2018 at midnight
- If invited (notified by October 15), proposals due November 16, 2018.
- Decisions will be made in December 2018.

Winter/Spring 2019 Grant Cycle
- Specific deadline dates for this grant cycle will be announced later in 2018.

The Foundation typically limits awarding of grants to one per 12 month period per organization.


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

Submit a Letter of Inquiry online:

Bridget De Leon, Director of Grantmaking

The Char and Chuck Fowler Family Foundation
c/o Cornerstone Family Offices
5885 Landerbrook, Ste 300
Mayfield Heights, OH 44124

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Ohio: Cuyahoga County