Community Grants

The Greater Cincinnati Foundation awards Community Grants to qualified 501(c)(3) organizations in eight counties: Butler, Clermont, Hamilton and Warren (Ohio); Boone, Kenton, Campbell (Kentucky), and Dearborn (Indiana).

We strive to make the application process as smooth and easy as possible. Let us know if we can improve on our process.

3 Types of Community Grants

There are three types of grants provided to regional nonprofits through our Community Investment initiatives: Capital Requests, Program Requests and Grantwriting Assistance Grants. Find out more information on our other types of grants. All grants begin with a Letter of Intent (LOI) submitted through GCF's online system. We do not accept unsolicited proposals. 

Capital Requests

Capital funding requests are accepted once per year. Generally these requests are for significant investments in a major building renovation, purchase, or capital campaign. These types of requests typically benefit the entire organization. Funding requests must adhere to GCF’s community investment framework.

Funding Cycle LOI Deadline Application Deadline Proposal Review Funding Decision
1st December 31 February 15 May June

To apply for these grants, see Apply For Community Grants page

Program Requests

The purpose of other requests is to support specific projects or programs that are aligned with GCF’s community investment framework. Funding requests are reviewed twice a year.

Funding Cycle LOI Deadline Application Deadline Proposal Review Funding Decision
1st December 31 February 15 May June
2nd June 30 August 15 November December

To apply for these grants, see Apply For Community Grants page

Grantwriting Assistance Grants

The grantwriting assistance program provides small grants to cover grantwriting services for nonprofits pursuing competitive state and federal grants. Awards will not exceed $2,500, and organizations must have an already-identified specific competitive government grant opportunity to to pursue. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

To apply for these grants, download this application [DOC]

Other Types of Grants

Note: Community Grants are different than grants our donors request to nonprofits through their funds, our Grants for Kids program, Women's Fund grants, scholarships or the grants given by our Private Foundation clients.

Learn more about the types of grants we offer

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