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CINCINNATI (Feb. 1, 2017) — The Greater Cincinnati Foundation (GCF) is now accepting applications for its two programs designed to fund innovative education projects for children during the school year and in the summer.
Grants for Kids enable educators and nonprofit organizations to provide creative learning experiences for children and support for schools with limited project budgets.
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Summertime Kids grants provide support for programs that are enriching and fun for children during the summer months. Grants of up to $1,000 are available to nonprofit organizations that are working with the young people of our community.
Since 1993, Learning Links has provided grants of up to $1,000 for creative and interesting programs or events for classrooms in the Greater Cincinnati area.
Grants for Kids are made possible through the generous support of GCF’s donors and continued support from the Charles H. Dater Foundation. Helping these small but mighty programs is an example of how GCF makes a difference as a steward of the community’s resources.
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.
Summertime Kids Grants enable local organizations to provide enriching activities and experiences during the summer months, so that learning won’t go on hiatus. Since its inception in 1990, Summertime Kids mini-grants have invested $2.9 million in summer programming.
Special thanks to the 32 volunteers that participated in this year's Summertime Kids Grants Review process.
If you want to support this project, a donation can be made to our Grants for Kids Fund, which has been supported by generous people who care about the kids in our community. Your generosity will make more grants possible.
complete list of 2016 Summertime Kids Grants [PDF]
Imagine you are eight years old and it’s summer time. This usually means no school and months of fun. But what if your family is in crisis? You have to leave your home and your friends. Summer doesn't look so promising.
This is a common scenario each year at The Women’s Crisis Center in Northern Kentucky, where the number of children being sheltered is usually higher than the number of adults.
With the help of a $1,000 Summertime Kids grant from The Greater Cincinnati Foundation, the staff, volunteers and mothers at the Center were able to provide fun summer activities for children dealing with difficult family situations.
In 2007, a grant helped provide 85 children with admission fees for field trips, purchased outdoor play equipment, and provided supplies for picnics and birthday parties. The activities also help counselors build relationships with the children so they can help them realize that family problems are not their fault.
Thanks to this grant, safe summer fun was provided to children who do not always have this simple pleasure.
Learning Links and Summertime Kids grants are made possible by the generosity of donors of the past and present who have entrusted charitable dollars to GCF.
Read more about the Women's Crisis Center of Northern Kentucky.
Greater Cincinnati Foundation (GCF) invites nonprofit organizations and schools to apply for grants to support innovative education programs that are enriching and fun for youth during the summer months and the school year — Summertime Kids and Learning Links, respectively. Funding requests for up to $1,000 will be accepted for both proposals.
Summertime Kids grants are available to nonprofit organizations, schools or churches working with young people in GCF’s eight-county community — Butler, Clermont, Hamilton and Warren in Ohio; Boone, Campbell and Kenton in Kentucky; and Dearborn in Indiana. The grants provide support for programs that are enriching, fun and promote learning during the summer months and which take place between June 1 and August 31, 2019. Each organization may submit up to two applications, either for two different programs or the same program in two different locations. The funds may be used to support, expand or strengthen existing programs or launch new programs; funding will not be awarded to religious organizations that require religious activity for participation.
The deadline for Summertime Kids proposals is 5 p.m. Friday, March 15. This is a competitive process; an invitation to submit a proposal does not guarantee a grant award. Funding awards for Summertime Kids will be announced in May.
Learning Links grants are available to schools in GCF’s eight-county community for the purpose of providing opportunities for K-12 educators to bring creative and interesting projects or events to their classrooms or schools during the 2019-20 school year. Funding may be used to support, expand or strengthen existing projects or events or to launch new ones. It may also be used to support capital costs for equipment or supplies, which then become property of the school.
The deadline for Learning Links proposals is 5 p.m. Friday, April 12. This, too, is a competitive process, and an invitation to submit a proposal does not guarantee a grant award. Funding awards for Learning Links will be announced in July.
Both Grants for Kids programs are made possible through the generosity of GCF donors and continuing support from the Charles H. Dater Foundation. The maximum grant award for Summertime Kids and Learning Links projects is $1,000, but GCF also accepts grant requests for lower amounts. Grant submissions will be reviewed by a team of passionate donors and community volunteers.
A complete list of criteria, application instructions and the Request for Proposals (RFP) documents for Summertime Kids and Learning Links may be found at https://www.gcfdn.org/Grants/Grants-for-Kids.
“Summer slide” isn’t a shiny metal conveyance into a swimming pool — it’s the academic regression, or learning loss, that students experience over their summer breaks from school. According to the Brookings Institute’s “faucet theory,” the flow of learning is available to all students during the school year, but that flow of resources can ebb dramatically during the summer months, especially for students from disadvantaged backgrounds. The loss of academic year learning — for the average student, a month per summer — can intensify subsequent achievement gaps.
Greater Cincinnati Foundation (GCF), in partnership with our generous donors and the longtime support of the Charles H. Dater Foundation, believes that all students should be able to make a sustained splash with opportunities for learning throughout the year. That’s the purpose of GCF’s Summertime Kids grants — grants of up to $1,000 to promote learning with enriching, fun programs for kids that run between June 1 and Aug. 31.
Nonprofit organizations may submit up to two applications, either for distinctly different programs or the same program in two locations. From new experiences that expand students’ horizons and create a lasting impact on youth with the greatest need to serving a diverse location or population and engaging parents or guardians, we’re seeking to support innovative programs that deliver a learning flow to effectively reduce “summer slide.”
That same immersion in impactful learning splashes over into the 2019-2020 school year with GCF’s Learning Links grants, which support creative projects envisioned by K-12 educators. We look to fund projects that inspire innovative, fun ideas that encourage student participation; promote diversity, multicultural or intergenerational events; have lasting impact on students and staff; engage parents/guardians and the community.
Here’s how you can help: Join us at the grantmaking table and help decide which summertime programs and which schools to fund. GCF partners with donor, nonprofit and community volunteers to review applications in small groups and make collective recommendations on which projects receive the grants. It is a great opportunity to take a rewarding, hands-on role and learn more about community needs and effective approaches to those needs. Or, if you’d prefer to financially support these grants to help us fund more programs and schools, you can recommend a grant from your GCF fund.
For the Summertime Kids grants, GCF will convene two lunchtime review meetings on April 9 and April 18; for Learning Links, lunchtime review meetings will be held on June 11 and June 21. For further information, and to volunteer, contact Laura S. Menge, GCF Philanthropic Advisor, at 513-768-6170 or email@example.com.
CINCINNATI (October 18, 2016) — The Women’s Fund, is proud to join our partners at The Greater Cincinnati Foundation to show our support of Issue 44 for Cincinnati Public Schools and Preschool Promise.
We believe a successful educational career begins with quality preschool, taught by appropriately paid teachers. Issue 44 strengthens our K-12 public school system and expands access to high quality preschool.
The Women’s Fund works to improve women’s economic self-sufficiency in our community. We know several things affect a woman’s ability to be self-sufficient, but three of the critical factors are:
This levy addresses these factors and so much more. Issue 44 will provide access to high-quality preschool for children in Cincinnati and also increase the wages for preschool teachers to at least $15.00 an hour.
We know preschool is a fundamental building block in a child’s ability to enter kindergarten ready to learn. More than 40% of students in Cincinnati enter kindergarten already behind, and the gap is even greater among low-income children. Research shows quality preschool makes a major difference. It impacts readiness to learn, increases high school graduation rates and builds the behavioral and social skills necessary for success in life. Benefits extend to parents, neighborhoods, employers, and communities because increased achievement and employability reduces crime and adds to family stability, social cohesion, and economic prosperity.
Issue 44 will also increase wages for preschool teachers to at least $15.00 an hour. Currently, 95.6% of childcare workers are women, and 80% of single parent childcare workers with young children are on public benefits. These professionals are entrusted to teach our children at the most critical time of their brain development, yet we pay them the same wage as parking lot attendants. The time is now to address the low wages in this female-dominated space, and this levy does just that.
In our new PULSE Briefing, we outline the many reasons why increased wages for childcare workers improves educational qualifications, improves staff stability and ultimately increases program quality.
Check out our latest PULSE Briefing
Among the investments were three grants to Vision 2015, one of our “backbone” organizations that GCF supports through our five-year Collective Impact initiative. Serving as catalysts for change, these organizations work together across sectors and across the region to address resource gaps and fuel the implementation of strategies that work. Focused on growth in Northern Kentucky, Vision 2015 is a shared public plan that represents the region’s priorities and contains specific action steps to achieve the region’s goals and to measure the impact of those goals.
Three grants: $75,000 to support operating expenses; $15,000 to fund the Northern Kentucky One to One: Practicing Reading with Students; and $30,000 to advance the website development and innovation lab of the Uptech Business Accelerator in Northern Kentucky.
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