Community Grants - Program Requests

Grants to Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana Nonprofits
for Community and Economic Development

GrantWatch ID#: 176942
Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

The Greater Cincinnati Foundation



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Grants averaging $30,000 to Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana nonprofit organizations for specific community benefit projects or programs. A letter of intent is due by December 31, 2016. Funding is intended for initiatives in the focus areas of culture, economic opportunity, job creation, education, environment, community development, and health.

Eligible applicants include nonprofit organizations located in the following areas:

- Ohio: Butler, Clermont, Hamilton, and Warren
- Kentucky: Boone, Kenton, and Campbell
- Indiana: Dearborn

Funding area details:

1. Cultural Vibrancy:
- Improve, strengthen, and sustain the financial stability and leadership of arts organizations
- Expand citizen engagement in the arts

2. Economic Opportunity
- Support systemic interventions to help individuals and families stabilize their lives through basic services, obtain and retain gainful employment and advance along a career pathway through continuing educational attainment.
- Invest in organizations to ensure individuals’ and families’ basic needs for food, clothing, transportation, and shelter.
- Assist individuals and families in achieving stability by providing access to financial education and work supports.
- Obtain and retain gainful employment and advance along a career pathway through continuing educational attainment.

3. Educational Success
- Help individuals prepare for and complete post-high school education and training to secure gainful employment.
- Provide quality early learning opportunities to ensure a strong foundation for success in school and life.
- Ensure children are supported to succeed in school and out of school.

4. Environmental Stewardship
- Strengthen the “green economy” and reduce our carbon footprint by promoting energy and resource efficiency through retrofitting buildings, improving transportation options, and changing individual and institutional behaviors.
- Protect the natural environment and enhance livability by increasing the availability of local food; and by restoring, maintaining, and improving green space and natural habitats throughout the region.

5. Health and Wellness
- Increase access to primary medical, dental care, and specialty services with an emphasis on underserved populations.
- Ensure access to services that improve social and emotional functioning and well-being.
- Encourage healthy living and prevention and management of chronic diseases.

6. Job Creation
- Build and enhance infrastructure for entrepreneurship and small business development
- Grow existing businesses
- Attract new businesses to the region

7. Strong Communities
- Promote a comprehensive community development approach by improving the physical, economic, and social conditions of neighborhoods.
- Enhance the quality of life and strengthen community and civic engagement.

Grant award amounts vary widely, with an average size of $30,000 for a Community Grant.

GCF typically awards grants for one year. In selected instances, GCF will accept requests for multiyear grants. An applicant seeking multiyear support must demonstrate that such support is essential to the success of the project.

The Greater Cincinnati Foundation awards Community Grants to qualified 501(c)(3) organizations.

Nonprofit organizations may receive only one Community Grant within any 12-month period. Exceptions may be made in cases where one nonprofit organization serves as a fiscal agent for another.

GCF does not typically make grants from its discretionary community funds for the following purposes or activities:

- Individuals
- Units of government or government agencies
- Religious organizations for religious purposes
- Leasehold improvements
- Annual fundraising drives; event/conference sponsorship or underwriting
- Stand-alone books, films or videos
- Stand-alone travel expenses for conferences or educational purposes
- Regular operating costs or capital projects for individual public, private or parochial schools, universities, hospitals, nursing or retirement homes
- Endowments
- Scholarships
- Loans
- Scholarly or medical research
- Partisan political advocacy
- Debt retirement or funding of an activity after it is completed
- Recurring/routine computer software/hardware updates
- Playgrounds, sports teams, or sports activities

A letter of intent is due by December 31, 2016.

Application instructions:


Application tutorial video:

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

Register and submit the LOI online:

For more information about GCF grants, contact:
Janine Keeton, Community Investment Coordinator

200 West Fourth St.
Cincinnati, OH 45202

Qualified 501(c)(3) organizations in the following areas are eligible:

Ohio: Butler, Clermont, Hamilton. and Warren
Kentucky: Boone, Kenton, and Campbell
Indiana: Dearborn

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USA: Indiana;   Kentucky;   Ohio

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