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. 

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Request for Proposals: Postponed until 2021-2022

As our community continues to face the ongoing challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, Greater Cincinnati Foundation (GCF) will postpone all Request for Proposals (RFPs) originally scheduled for 2020. This postponement will allow us to focus on and respond to community recovery needs to ensure we all rise together.

We recognize that your organization may have done some work thus far in planning and developing these proposals. Please know that the decision to postpone the RFPs does not come lightly. The health and safety of our community are our top priority. We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and flexibility.

If your organization is seeking funding for COVID-19 recovery or other needs, we recommend that you submit an inquiry. While the inquiry is not a formal funding request it is an opportunity for GCF staff to review and recommend potential funding opportunities for your organization’s program or project. We will reply to your organization’s inquiry within 30 days. If you have indicated that your request is COVID-19 related, we will handle this request in an expedited manner. Unfortunately, due to limited funding, we will not be able to accommodate all requests.

RFP Schedule*

Providing a Safety Net for Individuals and Families RFP (Next Release: Q1 2021)

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: Next Release: Q1 2021 

Frequency: Annual

   

Supporting Educational Success RFP (POSTPONED to Q2 2021)

Purpose: To support in and/or out of school educational efforts that reduce disparities in educational and career attainment for students of color and/or those of low socioeconomic status; or that increase social-emotional learning and health for those students.

Next Cycle: POSTPONED to Q2 2021

Frequency: Annual

Due to the impact of Coronavirus on our community, we are postponing our Supporting Educational Success Request for Proposal (RFP) and will not be reviewing or funding proposals through this process at this time. 

We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and flexibility.

Creating an Inclusive Community Training RFP (Next Release: Q2 2022)

Purpose: 

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 Release: Next Release: Q2 2022

More details coming soon.

Strengthening Communities Through Organizing and Advocacy RFP (POSTPONED to Q3 2021)

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 Release: POSTPONED to Q3 2021

 

Due to the impact of Coronavirus on our community, we are postponing our Strengthening Communities Through Organizing and Advocacy Request for Proposal (RFP) and will not be reviewing or funding proposals through this process at this time. 

We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and flexibility.

Vibrant Arts and Culture RFP (Next Release: Q3 2021)

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 Release: Q3 2021 Frequency: Biennial

Ensuring Environmental Sustainability RFP (POSTPONED to Q3 2022)

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: POSTPONED to Q3 2022

Frequency: Biennial

*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 werisetogether@gcfdn.org 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 werisetogether@gcfdn.org 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 Rickell Howard Smith, Director, Community Strategies, at 513-241-2880, to discuss your situation. For other non-emergency requests, submit a funding inquiry.

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.

Have a question?

We are here to help! Email us at werisetogether@gcfdn.org.

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Grants from Our Donor Advised Funds

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

 

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