Apply for Community Grants

Before following the steps below to apply for Community Grants through The Greater Cincinnati Foundation, be sure to refer first to the 3 types of grant programs we provide to regional nonprofits: Capital Requests, Program Requests and Grantwriting Assistance Grants.

4 Steps to Apply for a Community Grant

GCF awards grants to qualified 501(c)(3) organizations in eight counties: Butler, Clermont, Hamilton and Warren (Ohio); Boone, Kenton, Campbell (Kentucky), and Dearborn (Indiana). Have more questions about GCF's Grant Process? Read our grant process Frequently Asked Questions.

Please follow these steps when applying for a GCF Capital or Program Request Grant:

Step 1: Review Our Community Investment Framework

Our Community Investment Framework works to build a more prosperous Greater Cincinnati region by focusing on the following areas (or review on a single page as a PDF):

If your project falls within our Community Investment Framework, please continue to step 2. If your project doesn't fit within this framework, we will not be able to fund it. Unfortunately, GCF is only able to fund capital and program requests that fall within our Community Investment Framework at this time. 

Step 2: Review the Theory of Change with which your project aligns

Our Theories of Change guides how we think about our community investments. It identifies investment priorities, activities, outcomes and indicators to help assess how our grants are contributing to progress on community-wide goals.

If your project falls within our theories of change, please continue to step 3. If your project doesn't fit within our theories of change, we will not be able to fund it. Unfortunately, GCF is only able to fund capital and program requests that fall within our theories of change at this time.

Step 3: Review our Frequently Asked Questions

On our FAQ page, you can review more about our grants process, including any limits or restrictions we may have on our grantmaking, average grant amount, what we look for in an organization and what we look for in a proposal.

Review our Frequently Asked Questions about GCF's Community Grants

Be sure to review our restrictions. If your project isn't limited, please continue to step 4. 

Step 4: Submit an LOI

If your project fits within our Community Investment framework, our theories of change and isn't affected by our grant restrictions, you may submit an Letter of Intent (LOI) through our online system

Hints

Need help setting up a profile on our new online system? Please refer to the following help documents, provided by our vendor, Foundant:

Applicant Tutorial. Please note you also can download this as a Microsoft Word document from this website by clicking on the blue "Download Button" at the top right side of the page.

Video Tutorial viewable on YouTube

Need to log in our system to manage your grant?

If you need to log into Foundant, our grants management system, you can do so here:

GCF's Foundant Login

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