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Three Local Organizations Offer $100,000 Literacy Grant

The Greater Cincinnati Foundation, Scripps Howard Foundation and WCPO 9 on Your Side are joining forces to break the cycle of poverty through literacy. The organizations are leveraging resources to provide a $100,000 grant to a single nonprofit that supports family literacy in impoverished neighborhoods in Greater Cincinnati. 

 

CINCINNATI (January 17, 2017) – The Greater Cincinnati Foundation, Scripps Howard Foundation and WCPO 9 on Your Side are joining forces to break the cycle of poverty through literacy. The organizations are leveraging resources to provide a $100,000 grant to a single nonprofit that supports family literacy in impoverished neighborhoods in Greater Cincinnati.

Funds will be awarded to a single nonprofit that fosters and promotes the development and expansion of new and/or existing literacy programs supporting children and their families living in 
poverty from birth through early elementary school age.

Applicants must be one of the following:

  • A nonprofit with a 501(c)(3) status that serves children and their families living in poverty from birth through elementary-age children 
  • A nonprofit in Hamilton, Clermont, Butler or Warren counties in Ohio; or a nonprofit in Boone, Kenton or Campbell counties in Kentucky; Dearborn County in Indiana
  •  A nonprofit that provides direct services to children and families living in poverty in one or more of the aforementioned counties; the nonprofit may not be a grant-making agency

Fifteen nonprofits will be invited to submit a full application on February 13. Those applications will be due by March 3. Three finalists will be determined no later than March 13. The winner will be announced during the Scripps Howard Awards program Wednesday, April 12, at The Aronoff Center for the Arts. By applying for the grant, you are agreeing that representatives from your organization will be able to attend the program on April 12 in the Jarson Kaplan Theater beginning at 7 p.m. Tickets will be complimentary for up to five people from the finalists’ organization.

“We are excited to be collaborating with The Scripps Howard Foundation to find solutions to the challenges facing our community,” said Ellen M. Katz, President/CEO of The Greater Cincinnati Foundation. “Creating pathways to success for individuals in our region who are living in poverty will be crucial to the long-term economic success of Greater Cincinnati as a community.”

The three organizations decided to offer this grant because education is the pathway out of poverty and childhood poverty is a local problem. 

  • Greater Cincinnati is ranked #4 nationally in child poverty, with nearly half of children estimated to be living below the federal poverty level, according to The National Center for Children in Poverty. 
  • Of homeless children, 45% are under age 5, according to Strategies to End Homelessness. Literacy and kindergarten readiness are crucial to the academic, social and economic success of families and children living in poverty.

“In addition to shining light by supporting excellence in journalism, the Scripps Howard Foundation makes The E.W. Scripps Company’s vision of creating a better informed world accessible to even the most disadvantaged children in our community,” said Liz Carter, President and CEO, Scripps Howard Foundation. “Children who read have the best hope of rising out of poverty and achieving their full potential. The entire Scripps community is excited to partner with the Greater Cincinnati Foundation to give children that chance.” 

 

About Scripps Howard Foundation

Dedicated to excellence in journalism, the Scripps Howard Foundation educates, empowers and honors extraordinary journalists who illuminate community issues, and partners with impactful organizations to drive change and improve lives. As the philanthropic arm of The E.W. Scripps Company, the Foundation is a leader in industry efforts in journalism education, scholarships, internships, minority recruitment and development, literacy and First Amendment causes. With a special commitment to the regions where Scripps does business, the Foundation helps build thriving communities.


About The Greater Cincinnati Foundation

One of the nation’s leading community foundations, The Greater Cincinnati Foundation helps people make the most of their giving to build a better community. We believe in the power of philanthropy to change the lives of people and communities. As a community foundation, GCF creates a prosperous Greater Cincinnati by investing in thriving people and vibrant places. An effective steward of the community’s charitable resources since 1963, the Foundation inspires philanthropy in eight counties in Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana. At the end of 2015, GCF had net assets of $533 million. 



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