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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*

Providing a Safety Net for Individuals and Families RFP (Due: February 3, 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

Grant Workshop: January 7, 2020 at 3-5 p.m.
       at Greater Cincinnati Foundation
       720 E. Pete Rose Way, Suite 120
     Cincinnati, OH 45202

Deadline: February 3, 2020 at 5 p.m.



Supporting Educational Success RFP (POSTPONED)

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: Q1 2020. 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: March 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 Release: March 2020

More details coming soon.

Strengthening Communities Through Organizing and Advocacy RFP (Next Release: May 2020)

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:  May 2020. Frequency: Annual

Application Due: TBD

Grant Workshop: TBD

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

Application Due: TBD

Grant Workshop: TBD

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

*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 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.

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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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