Greater Cincinnati Foundation: Grants for Ohio

OVERVIEW: The Greater Cincinnati Foundation supports youth, arts and culture, health, women and girls, safety net, environmental sustainability, inclusivity, and other community needs in eight counties surrounding Cincinnati, Ohio.

FUNDING AREAS: Community needs, youth, arts and culture, health, women and girls, safety net, environmental sustainability, inclusivity

IP TAKE: Take some time to learn about the many different funding opportunities at GCF and reach out to the foundation staff to determine what the most relevant opportunities are for a nonprofit’s needs.

PROFILE: Established in 1963, the Greater Cincinnati Foundation (GCF) is a community foundation in Cincinnati, Ohio. Business leaders in the area were interested in starting a local community foundation here and collaborated with the Fresh Air and Convalescent Society to launch foundation operations. Early leaders included attorney and bank trust officer William E. Anderson, Procter & Gamble retiree Mark Upson, and Kroger’s Jacob E. Davis. GCF aims to “inspire generous people to invest in a more equitable and vibrant region, now and for generations to come.” The foundation supports local efforts for community needs, youth, arts and culture, health, women and girls, safety net, environmental sustainability, inclusivity, and more.

The Greater Cincinnati Foundation supports a broad range of local interests and issues targeted requests for proposals for its spring and fall grants. GCF also has a children-focused program for awarding grants to kids’ programs that benefit local youth. The funder administers private foundation grants, awards scholarships, and has a women’s fund to benefit the lives of women and girls. Other opportunities exist through the HealthPath Foundation and donor-advised funds held at GCF. Nonprofits with urgent needs may contact the foundation for emergency grants.

Overall, grants range between about $10,000 and $1 million. Regular RFP cycle grants range from $10,000 to $40,000. Learn more about this funder’s local giving by examining its recent tax records. Grantmaking focuses on the eight-county region around Cincinnati, Ohio, which includes portions of Kentucky, Indiana, and Ohio. Ohio counties of interest are Butler, Clermont, Hamilton, and Warren. Kentucky counties are Boone, Campbell, and Kenton. Dearborn County in Indiana is also a geographic interest of GCF. Past local grantees include the Architectural Foundation of Cincinnati, Art Academy of Cincinnati, and ArtsWave.

This foundation accepts unsolicited funding inquiries from nonprofits. GCF has a centralized inquiry portal to accept and review these requests. The guidelines for GCF’s private foundation clients are different for each foundation. Direct general questions to the staff at info@gcfdn.org or 513-241-2880.

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