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Here are a few small business grant and crowdfunding opportunities for your business. Remember that business grant resources are limited. Please act quickly. Feel free to share our social media post with other small businesses that need financial assistance.
LISC/Verizon Small Business Recovery Fund
Greater Cincinnati Foundation adopted changes in 2017 to our grantmaking process to allow us to better serve the nonprofit community while aligning with GCF’s focus on building an equitable community. Funding opportunities are offered throughout the year with purposes steered by the giving goals of our generous donors, past and present.
GCF offers quarterly Request for Proposal (RFP) cycles as well as leverages our partners to offer more opportunities for support. Our partner private foundations, the Women’s Fund and HealthPath offer application cycles throughout the year aligned to their individual focus areas.
As we look ahead to 2019, we encourage you to mark your calendars for key RFP and Letter of Intent (LOI) dates*:
Learn more about our grant opportunities online:
HealthPath Foundation of Ohio
Greater Cincinnati Foundation launched an inquiry form. As your community foundation, we are committed to connecting people with purpose, supporting our community, and encouraging collaboration and innovation. This simple form is intended to provide nonprofits an outlet for clear and comprehensive guidance from GCF staff on potential support - monetary and non-monetary - within GCF and beyond.
This form is intended to connect you with the right team at GCF to provide clear, comprehensive guidance and support. This inquiry form is not a formal funding request. Formal funding requests must be submitted as part of the application process for the RFPs or LOIs listed above.
*These dates are subject to change, and further opportunities may develop during the year. For the most up-to-date information, please refer to the grants section: www.gcfdn.org/grants.
Thanks to a $45,000 co-investment by our generous donors, Greater Cincinnati Foundation (GCF) recently was able to fund a $60,000 emergency grant to Bethany House Services, Inc. GCF defines a funding emergency as “an immediate need for funding to avoid total stop of services of basic needs to vulnerable people.” The grant will be used to pay rent, utilities and basic expenses for a fifth shelter Bethany House added this summer in response to a dramatic increase in the number of homeless families — specifically, women and children — they are being asked to serve.
While the funding can be counted as a success story, there are more chapters to be written. For Bethany House, which shelters more than half of all families receiving temporary lodging in Cincinnati, the urgency for meeting the need is ongoing, and growing. When their shelters are filled, “overflow” families are temporarily housed in hotels, which is more expensive. This year they have sheltered 973 people so far and project that to reach about 1,112 by year’s end, which exceeds the 1,030 people they served in 2017.
Among the factors contributing to Bethany House Services’ operating and “overflow” challenges:
GCF recognizes that while fulfilling emergency needs is crucial, it’s also important to provide strategic leadership to address root causes that create those needs. As we move forward, we know that advocating for equitable policies — and initiatives such as the Family Independence Initiative — we will, with your support, move the bar toward a brighter future for a region that everyone will be proud to call home.
Amplify Giving for Greater Impact
To support this transformative work, please contact your GCF philanthropic advisor, who will reach out to you with specific funding opportunities when they are determined.
Looking ahead to 2019? As you make year-end contributions to your donor advised fund, keep in mind the following opportunities for impact that will be available in the first half of 2019 through Greater Cincinnati Foundation (GCF).
For further information about these opportunities and more, please contact your GCF philanthropic advisor.
Tools to learn more about applying for Small Business Loans
With the activation of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, nonprofits and business partners may have questions about how to apply for funding. Below is a list of resources that Greater Cincinnati Foundation (GCF) has assembled to help with the application process.
Small Business Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)
A high level explanation of the PPP.
Coronavirus Emergency Loans: Small Business Guide and Checklist
Explains who is eligible and how to calculate your amount to borrow.
Paycheck Protection Program Information Sheet: Borrowers
This document includes specific guidance for those who are going to or planning on applying for the loan.
Expected Application Documents Needed to Apply for Loan Under the CARES Act
Determine which documents need to be assembled to complete a PPP loan application.
Paycheck Protection Program Application Form
Application to apply for the PPP loan.
Bank Partner Contacts for Small Business Administration (SBA) Loans
List of banks with experience in submitting SBA loans.
Coronavirus Small Business Guide
U.S. Chamber of Commerce's best resources and information.
Verizon Small Business Recovery Fund
Thanks to a $2.5 million investment from Verizon, they are offering grants to help small businesses fill urgent financial gaps until they can resume normal operations or until other more permanent financing becomes available.
The David C. Herriman Fund of Greater Cincinnati Foundation (GCF) has granted its 2019 awards to two regional arts organizations, Know Theatre of Cincinnati and Revolution Dance Theatre.
The grants, the first for the fund, will be awarded annually to arts organizations in the eight-county GCF funding region — Butler, Clermont, Hamilton and Warren counties in Ohio; Boone, Campbell and Kenton counties in Kentucky; and Dearborn County in Indiana.
They honor the legacy of the late Northern Kentucky philanthropist and arts patron David C. Herriman, who established the fund for the purpose of “making possible what would otherwise be impossible” for both large and small arts organizations. The awards will particularly focus on new works, the education of youth and performance enhancement through funding to bring in performance artists, directors, choreographers, authors, musicians and other creative artists.
“We are thrilled that David’s immeasurable passion for the advancement of the arts in his adopted hometown lives on in such impactful ways,” said Ellen M. Katz, GCF President/CEO. “We are honored to help ensure that his vision will be preserved for generations to come.”
Know Theatre of Cincinnati will receive $30,000 to fund its “Welcoming New Voices to the Know” guest residency program for artists of color during its 2019-2020 MainStage season. The Over-the-Rhine theater will conduct a search for up to four guest directors and/or designers of color from New York and Chicago to provide fresh perspectives to their audiences and shadowing/mentee opportunities to local artists. Know Theatre is recognized as a “theatrical playground where all are welcome,” amplifying under-represented voices and presenting inclusive productions.
Revolution Dance Theatre (RDT) will receive $10,000 to fund its Ballet on the BLOC collaboration with BLOC Ministries to bring high-quality arts experiences and classical dance access to the Lower Price Hill community. The funds will be used to cover professional fees for residencies at Oyler Elementary School and the neighborhood Q-Kidz Dance Team, as well as an extended residency with instructor KaRon Brown-Lehman, monthly events for intermediate and advance level dancers and a performance at Aronoff Center for the Arts. RDT is dedicated to “breaking barriers between the ballet art form and people of color” by bringing dance classes and resources to under-represented communities and producing works that celebrate diversity.
The anonymous committee that considered the funding requests includes a member of the arts community, a faculty member of a local university or college and a person representing a county of GCF’s funding region, a position which will rotate each year between the eight counties.
“Our committee was pleased and proud to review many excellent applications,” said a committee member. “The process underscored the depth and strength of the arts community in which we live and work. David’s goal of ‘making possible the impossible’ most clearly resonated in the grants to Know Theatre and Revolution Dance Theatre. We encourage all to attend their grant-winning performances to enjoy the impact of a most cherished friend and philanthropist, David Herriman.”
The David C. Herriman Fund of Greater Cincinnati Foundation will award up to three grants — one large, and one or two smaller — totaling $220,000 in 2019. GCF will publish a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the next funding cycle in April. Proposals will be due on October 1.
Cincinnati, OH - August 8, 2011 - The Weathering the Economic Storm (WTES) funding partners recently granted $98,500 to assist nonprofits with unforeseen needs. Over the past three years, the partnership has been dedicated to helping nonprofit agencies and clients struggling with the impact of the economic recession.
Grants were awarded to Center for Great Neighborhoods, Clermont Senior Services, Little Sisters of the Poor and People Working Cooperatively. Each of these nonprofit organizations is addressing the needs of individuals and families by providing emergency assistance and/or opportunities for economic and/or housing stability.
The WTES funding partnership, convened by The Greater Cincinnati Foundation (GCF), has served more than 65,000 individuals and awarded more than $4.3 million to 116 organizations.
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