What is Learning Links?
Since 1993, Learning Links has provided grants of up to $1,000 for creative and interesting programs or events for classrooms in the Greater Cincinnati area.
Who is eligible?
Full-time schools serving students in any or all grades from kindergarten through the twelfth grade are eligible. Schools must be in GCF's eight-county service area: Butler, Clermont, Hamilton or Warren in Ohio; Boone, Campbell or Kenton in Kentucky; or Dearborn County in Indiana.
When and how can my school apply?
Application forms will be available by mail and here on our Web site during the months of February, March and April. The application must be completed by a school staff member and approved by the principal. The deadline will be noted on the form.
How does it work?
A volunteer committee reviews applications and makes funding decisions. Applicants may visit this Web site in late summer to view a list of selected schools and projects. The selected applicants will be awarded grants by mail in September. The grants will be mailed to the attention of the Grant Project Leader at the school address. An evaluation report will be required from all recipients following completion of the project. All schools must have submitted an evaluation report for grants received the following year in order to be eligible for consideration.
2013-2014 Grant Process
Download the 2013 Learning Links Grants application form, available as a PDF or Word document . Note the deadline for Learning Links applications has been extended to May 31, 2013!
- Please note: There is a limit to one Learning Links application per school 2012 Learning Links Grants
- See a complete list of the 2012 grant recipients .
What happens if my application is chosen to receive a Learning Links grant?
For those receiving a grant - the project leader grant packet will be mailed in September to the school address.
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What is Summertime Kids?
Summertime Kids grants provide support for programs that are enriching and fun for children during the summer months. Grants of up to $1,000 are available to nonprofit organizations that are working with the young people of our community. Applicants must be 501(c)(3) organizations, a school or church and be in one of GCF's eight counties: Butler, Clermont, Hamilton or Warren in Ohio; Boone, Campbell or Kenton in Kentucky; and Dearborn County in Indiana.
How does it work?
A volunteer committee reviews applications and makes funding decisions. Chosen applicants will be notified by mail at the end of May. An evaluation report will be required from all recipients following completion of their project.
2013 Summertime Kids Grant Process
- Thank you to all organizations that have applied for a Summertime Grant this year. We will be reviewing the applications in April and will respond to applicants by mid-May.
2012 Summertime Kids Grants
Grants for Kids turns 20
Grants for Kids is now celebrating 20 years! The first grants were given in 1991 for Summertime Kids and were expanded the next year to include Learning Links.
In the last 20 years, Summertime Kids has awarded more than 2,000 grants, totaling nearly $2 million.
Learning Links has given more than 2,500 grants for a total of $2 million since 1992.
Special thanks to the many volunteers have helped in the grantmaking process over the years. More than 600 volunteers have helped in the Grants for Kids process. That makes 4,500 volunteer hours!
Thank you to the following individuals who helped select our 2012 Summertime Kids grant projects
Tanya Armour – Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
Julie A. Broadwell – US Bank Private Client Group
Angela Dodd - PNC
Cynthia Henderson – Quadrant Partners
Pamela King – Urban League of Greater Cincinnati
Patrick Lafley – Quadrant Partners
Roberta (Robbie) Michelman – Community Volunteer & Donor
Bill Montague – Frost, Brown, Todd LLC
Priscilla O’Donnell – Community Volunteer & Donor
Zach Pierson – Johnson Investment Counseling
Jacqueline Potts – Big Brothers Big Sisters of Gr. Cincinnati
Michael Taylor – Wells Fargo Advisors
Jody Weber – Center for Great Neighborhoods
Kelly Wittich – UBS Financial
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