The Greater Cincinnati Foundation has 2 programs designed to fund innovative education projects for children during the school year and in the summer.
Grants for Kids are made possible through the generous support of GCF’s donors and continued support from the Charles H. Dater Foundation. Helping these small but mighty programs is an example of how GCF makes a difference as a steward of the community’s resources.
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.
The 2018 application period for Summertime Kids is now open.
Deadline to apply: Thursday, March 15. The deadline has been extended to Thursday, March 22!
In an effort to streamline the grant process and reduce paper use, the Grants for Kids applications have moved to an electronic format in our online grants management system, Foundant.
We recommend starting the application earlier to allow extra time, if you need it. You’ll notice slight changes to the application, which is to help standardize the questions we ask across all GCF grantmaking. If you have any questions about this new process or if you need technical assistance, please contact our Program Manager, Evie Epifano.
Need help setting up a profile on our online system? Please refer to the following help documents, provided by our vendor, Foundant:
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
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.
Please log in to your Foundant account to complete the required Follow Up Report.
You can review our latest grant recipients for Summertime Kids.
Download the complete list of the 2017 grant recipients [PDF]
Yes, see more about our Communications Guidelines for Grant Recipients
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.
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.
The 2018 application period for Learning Links is now open.
Deadline to apply: Friday, May 25
A volunteer committee reviews applications and makes funding decisions. Applicants may visit this page 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.
Download the complete list of Learning Links grants for:
If you have questions about our Grants for Kids program, including Learning Links and Summertime Kids, contact:
Senior Grants Manager
Giving to Learning Links and Summertime Kids ensures innovative education projects for children in our community. You can help ensure these programs continue well into the future. Give a gift today!
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