Cincinnati-Hamilton County Community Action Agency

Grants for Kids: Summertime Kids and Learning Links

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

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.

Who is eligible?

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.

When and how can my organization apply? NEW PROCESS STARTING 2018

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!

The application process has been updated!

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.

5 Steps for Submitting a Summertime Kids Grant Application to The Greater Cincinnati Foundation:

  1. Visit Foundant, our online grants management system. See below for our Foundant user tips, if you are new to the system.
  2. Create an account, or log in if using an existing account. If you are unsure if your organization or school has an account, or if you are having trouble accessing your account, please contact us for assistance.
  3. Click “Apply” at the top of the Dashboard page.
  4. Find “GCF Summertime Kids Application,” click “Apply” and complete the form.
  5. Click “Submit” when done. You will receive an automated confirmation email.

Hints

Need help setting up a profile on our 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

How are the grants awarded?

A volunteer committee reviews applications and makes funding decisions. Chosen applicants will be notified by mail at the end of May.  

Need to complete the evaluation report?

An evaluation report will be required from all recipients following completion of their project.

Download Summertime Kids Evaluation form for 2017 grants as a Microsoft Word Document [DOC]

What programs have you funded?

You can review our latest grant recipients for Summertime Kids.

Download the complete list of the 2017 grant recipients [PDF]

Do you have guidelines for grant recipients about publicity?

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? NEW PROCESS STARTING 2018-2019

The 2018 application period for Learning Links is now open. 

Deadline to apply: Friday, May 25

The application process has been updated!

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.

5 Steps for Submitting a Learning Links Grant Application to The Greater Cincinnati Foundation:

  1. Visit Foundant, our online grants management system. See below for our Foundant user tips, if you are new to the system.
  2. Create an account, or log in if using an existing account. If you are unsure if your organization or school has an account, or if you are having trouble accessing your account, please contact us for assistance.
  3. Click “Apply” at the top of the Dashboard page.
  4. Find “GCF Learning Links Application,” click “Apply” and complete the form.
  5. Click “Submit” when done. You will receive an automated confirmation email.

Hints

Need help setting up a profile on our 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

How are the grants awarded?

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.  

Need to complete the evaluation report?

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 Learning Links Evaluation form for 2016-2017 grants [DOC]

What schools have you funded?

Download the complete list of Learning Links grants for:

Do you have guidelines for grant recipients about publicity?

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