Respond to a Request for Proposal

Find out more about The Greater Cincinnati Foundation's targeted Request for Proposal (RFP) process.

The Greater Cincinnati Foundation announced changes to our grantmaking process to align with our We Rise Together Community Investment Strategy. If you are unclear on how your project may align with GCF, we suggest submitting a funding inquiry. RFP topics and subsequent investments are driven by donor intent. Please see the table below for RFP opportunities and time frames. 

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RFP Schedule

Creating an Inclusive Community Training and RFP (Apply by Sept. 27, 2017)


To drive inclusion of people living with physical and developmental disabilities in our region through an innovation-focused learning community. This RFP will lean on an intensive 2-day innovation training scheduled Thursday, Oct. 26 and Friday, Oct. 27. 

How to Apply: Your organization can learn more and apply to join the Innovation Toward Inclusion training cohort through this online system. Please note that this opportunity is only available to those organizations that expressly exist to serve those with physical and developmental disabilities. The deadline to apply is Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017. Only organizations who are accepted and participate fully in the innovation training will be eligible to apply for implementation funds.

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Cycle: Begins Quarter 3, 2017. Frequency: Biennial

Strengthening Communities Through Organizing and Advocacy RFP (Release: Early October 2017)

Purpose: To invest in community-led efforts that recognize the wisdom and creativity that is inherent within every neighborhood of our region.

Release: Early October 2017

Cycle: Begins Q3 2017. Frequency: Annual

Vibrant Arts and Culture RFP (Release: Early October 2017)

Purpose: This RFP will be focused on supporting a vibrant arts and culture community in our region and carried out by a group of generous GCF donors and staff.

Release: Early October 2017

Cycle: Begin Q3 2017 Frequency: Biennial

Providing a Safety Net for Individuals and Families RFP (Release: Quarter 1 2018)

Please check back soon for more details.

Cycle: Begins Quarter 1 2018. Frequency: Annual

Ensuring Environmental Sustainability RFP (Release: Quarter 2 2018)

Please check back soon for more details. 

Cycle: Begins Quarter 2 2018. Frequency: Biennial

Supporting Educational Success RFP (Release: Quarter 4 2018)

Please check back soon for more details. 

Cycle: Begins Quarter 4 2018. Frequency: Annual

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, Program Manager, at 513-281-2880, to discuss your situation. For other non-emergency requests, submit a funding inquiry.

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