Respond to a Request for Proposal

The Greater Cincinnati Foundation recently announced changes to our grantmaking process to align with our new We Rise Together Community Impact Strategy. 

The strategy has been developed to streamline the process for awarding grants and to provide a focus on Women’s Upward Mobility and All-In Cincinnati, and the grants in these areas will be GCF-initiated. Share your ideas using the Funding Inquiry form. These changes apply to grants managed by GCF. We will become more nimble, strategic, proactive, and focused. Find out more how we invest in our community. 

In addition to our We Rise Together Initiatives, we have a new targeted Request for Proposal (RFP) process. If you are unclear on how your project may align with GCF, we suggest submitting a funding inquiry. Please see the table below for RFP opportunities and time frames. 

Purpose Quarter Frequency
Strengthening Communities Through Organizing and Advocacy Begin Q3 2017 Annual
Creating an Inclusive Community Begin Q3 2017 Biennial
Vibrant Arts and Culture Begin Q3 2017 Biennial
Providing a Safety Net for Individuals and Families Begin Q1 2018 Annual
Ensuring Environmental Sustainability Begin Q2 2018 Annual
 Supporting Educational Success Begin Q4 2018 Annual

*Additional resources will be set aside for emergency needs.

Please check back in the coming months for updates on how to respond to a Request for Proposal and more detailed information on upcoming grant opportunities. If you would like to be notified via email of upcoming RFPs, email us at to be added to our list. You can also follow us on social media

Have questions about our new process? See our Grants FAQs.

Request for Proposals in Additional Areas

In addition to the RFP schedule above, GCF also will offer other Requests for Proposals in more niche areas on a less frequent schedule. As these RFPs become available, we will update this page. If you would like to be notified via email of upcoming RFPs, email us at to be added to our list. You can also follow us on social media

Emergency Needs

If your organization has an extremely emergency need where service is interrupted, please call Evie Epifano, GCF program manager, at 513-281-2880, to discuss your situation. For other non-emergency requests, submit a funding inquiry.

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Grants from Our Donor Advised Funds

Many of the donors of The Greater Cincinnati Foundation will suggest grants to nonprofits through their donor advised funds



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