Respond to a Request for Proposal

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

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. 

Find out  more  how we invest in our community. 

RFP Schedule*

Supporting Educational Success RFP (Applications Due: April 26, 2019)

Purpose: To support the educational success of children, youth and young adults across our region both in and out of school.

Next Cycle: Q2 2019. Frequency: Annual

Applications Due: Friday, April 26, 2019 at 5:00 p.m.

Grant Workshop: Tuesday, April 9, 2019 at GCF from 3:30 - 5:00 p.m.

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Strengthening Communities Through Organizing and Advocacy RFP (Applications Due: August 5, 2019)

Purpose: Build a more equitable region by investing in community-led efforts that recognize the wisdom, creativity and other assets that are inherent within every neighborhood of our region.

Next Cycle: Begins Q3 2019. Frequency: Annual

Application Due: Monday, August 5, 2019 at 5:00 p.m.

Grant Workshop: Friday, June 28, 2019, 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. at Greater Cincinnati Foundation 


Vibrant Arts and Culture RFP (Applications Due: August 30, 2019)

Purpose: To support and enhance the vibrancy of this region by increasing the availability and accessibility of the arts, including arts education and cultural programming that is inclusive of all ages, abilities, income levels, races and ethnicities in our region.  

Next Cycle: Begin Q3 2019 Frequency: Biennial

Application Due: Friday, August 30, 2019, 5:00 p.m.

Grant Workshop: Friday, August 9, 2019, 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
at Greater Cincinnati Foundation
720 E. Pete Rose Way, Suite 120
Cincinnati, OH 45202


Providing a Safety Net for Individuals and Families RFP (Next Release: Q1 2020)

Purposes: To ensure vulnerable residents of our region have access to food and shelter. To increase access to well-integrated and/or trauma-informed behavioral health services.

Next Cycle: Q1 2020. Frequency: Annual

2019 Grant Decisions to be communicated week of April 8.

Ensuring Environmental Sustainability RFP (Next Release: Q3 2020)

Purpose: To contribute to the conservation, restoration, and beautification of our region as well as contribute to waste reduction, energy conservation, and the ecological education of future generations.

Next Cycle: Begins 2020. Frequency: Biennial

Creating an Inclusive Community Training RFP (Next Release: 2020)


To drive inclusion of people living with physical and developmental disabilities in our region through an innovation-focused learning community. 

Please note that this opportunity is only available to those organizations that expressly exist to serve those with physical and developmental disabilities. 

Next Cycle: 2020

More details coming soon.

*Please note, GCF is on a calendar year schedule: Quarter 1 is January - March, Quarter 2 is April - June, Quarter 3 is July -September, Quarter 4 is October - December.

Please continue to check back for updates regarding RFP deadlines, as we will add these to this page as each becomes available. 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.

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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 urgent 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.

The Greater Cincinnati Foundation defines a funding emergency as an immediate need for funding to avoid total stop of services of basic needs to vulnerable people.

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Grants from Our Donor Advised Funds

Many of the donors of The Greater Cincinnati Foundation will suggest grants to nonprofits through their donor advised funds



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