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“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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
2018 Supporting Educational Success Grantees
The purposes of these grants is to support in and out of school educational efforts that reduce disparities in educational attainment for students of color and/or those of low socioeconomic status; or that increases social emotional learning and health. This funding could also be used to improve educational outcomes in math and science for at-risk students in grades 1-12 through increased access to STEM learning opportunities. Thanks to our generous donors we amplified this gift to the community by $45,000 through a recent giving circle and an additional $7,500 of support from GCF donor advised funds.
Bellevue Board of Education
$15,000 for T.H.E. Space
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Cincinnati
$25,000 for Site‐Based Mentoring To Bridge the Education Gap
Brighton Center, Inc.
$25,000 for Youth Leadership Development and Case Management
Catholic Charities Southwestern Ohio
$25,000 for Vacaciones Útiles (Productive Vacations)
Catholic Schools Office
$25,000 for the Price Hill Summer Learning Camp
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
$25,000 for Parents on Point: Supporting the Healthy Socioemotional and Behavioral Development of Young Children
Cincinnati Museum Center
$10,000 for Engaging Girls in STEM
Cincinnati Union Bethel
$25,000 for Early Childhood Education (ECE)
Dohn Community High School
$25,000 for the Remedial Road to Enrichment
Girl Scouts of Kentucky's Wilderness Road
$10,000 for the Girl Scout STEM Program
$10,000 for STEM programs for low income K‐12 students
Kenton County Public Schools
$15,000 for the Kenton County Schools PreK‐5 STEM Plan
Literacy Network of Greater Cincinnati
$25,000 for the Children's Literacy Services Program
Madisonville Education and Assistance Center
$25,000 for the Expanded Early Literacy Program
Mount St. Joseph University
$17,000 for Project Ready: An Early Learning Program to Close the Readiness Gap for Children Living in Poverty
Notre Dame Urban Education Center
$15,000 for Notre Dame Urban Education Center Programming
Redwood School & Rehabilitation Center, Inc.
$25,000 for the Early Care and Education Program
Rothenberg Rooftop Garden
$20,000 for the Rothenberg Rooftop Garden
School for Creative and Performing Arts
$25,000 for Private Music Lessons for SCPA Students (Access and Equity for Economically Disadvantaged Students)
The Gaskins Foundation
$20,000 for STEMulation Zones: STEMulating Underrepresented Students in the Greater Cincinnati Area
University of Cincinnati Foundation – Greater Cincinnati STEM Collaborative
$25,000 for Mathletics (Fun, hands and heads‐on, after‐school STEM activities with math emphasis)
$25,000 for UpSpring Summer 360°: Cincinnati
“The arts are an essential element of education, just like reading, writing and arithmetic … music, dance, painting and theater are all keys that unlock profound human understanding and accomplishment.” — William Bennett, Former U.S. Secretary of Education
“The Arts and Sciences have a primary claim to the encouragement of every lover of his country and mankind.” — George Washington
Greater Cincinnati Foundation (GCF) has a dynamic history of investing in educational success throughout our eight-county, tri-state region. Because educational attainment is a primary means of advancement in our society, it strongly aligns with our strategic focus on racial equity and economic opportunity, and GCF explicitly encourages programs that address such disparities.
Two of our current Requests for Proposals (RFPs) specifically reflect the enrichment that learning experiences — both academic and cultural — offers to our entire community:
CINCINNATI (April 29, 2020) — Greater Cincinnati Foundation (GCF) has awarded $187,277 in Summertime Kids grants to 175 regional nonprofit organizations. Thanks to the generosity of GCF donors and the continuing support of the Charles H. Dater Foundation, each organization received a grant of up to $1,000 to help fund enriching, fun programs for youth to promote learning during the summer months.
From Behringer-Crawford Museum, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Butler County and Clermont Family YMCA to Inner City Youth Opportunities and Saint Aloysius Orphanage, the organizations encompass GCF’s tri-state region. In all, 190 programs were funded; each organization was invited to submit up to two applications for either two different programs or the same program in different locations.
Summertime Kids programming is intended to introduce children to new experiences and help reduce summer learning loss, particularly for youth with the greatest need. That’s especially critical this year, with children having to learn at home this spring due to coronavirus pandemic school closures.
The funding is for programs taking place between June 1 and Sept. 4. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, GCF is providing flexibility as to how they are administered. Programming shifts to accommodate the children being served can include, but are not limited to:
“Because of the disruptions and challenges to the learning process for children throughout the tri-state, the role of Summertime Kids in supporting educational opportunities is more critical than ever,” said Rickell Howard Smith, GCF Senior Director, Community Strategies. “We know that these organizations will effectively and creatively respond to the needs of the youth in their programs.”
For the complete list of Summertime Kids grantees, visit www.gcfdn.org/summertimekids2020.
About Greater Cincinnati Foundation
As the region’s leading community foundation, Greater Cincinnati Foundation connects people with purpose in an eight-county region in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. GCF is leading the charge toward a more vibrant Greater Cincinnati for everyone – now, and for generations to come.
CINCINNATI (August 22, 2019) — Greater Cincinnati Foundation (GCF) has awarded nearly $445,000 in Supporting Educational Success grants to 19 nonprofit organizations within its eight-county region.
These grants support innovative in- and out-of-school educational programs that reduce disparities in educational attainment or that increase social emotional learning and health for students of color and/or those of low socioeconomic status. Funding can be used to maintain, expand or strengthen existing programs, enact capital improvements, launch a new program or build organizational capacity.
“Our Supporting Educational Success grant recipients have demonstrated that their innovative initiatives positively influence educational outcomes for our youth,” said Ellen M. Katz, GCF President/CEO. “On behalf of our generous donors, we are proud to invest in the work they do, as it is foundational to creating a more equitable region for all.”
Grantees and their awarded amounts are:
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Butler County
$14,500 for Site Based Mentoring Program at Woodland Elementary School
Bonds of Union
$25,000 for Ascend Initiative at Bond Hill Academy
$20,000 for College Ready: Breakthrough Cincinnati 2019 Summer Scholars Program
Central Clinic Behavioral Health
$25,000 for Increasing Social-Emotional Learning and Educational Success
$25,000* for Education in the Gateway: Chatfield College Co-remediation Program
Children’s Home of Cincinnati
$25,000* for Youth Thrive: Promoting Protective Factors for Students
Cincinnati Youth Collaborative
$30,000* for Jobs For Cincinnati Graduates Middle School Program
$25,000 for Work Based Mentoring
DePaul Cristo Rey High School
$25,000* for All In @ 10
$19,000* for Urban Art Instruction to improve Student Achievement Outcomes in Under-performing Inner-city School
$25,000 for Catch Every Child (CEC)
$25,000* for SEL Equity Program
James W. Miller Memorial Fund
$25,000 for Building Resiliency in Schools
Junior Achievement of OKI Partners, Inc.
$25,000 for Inspire Career Exploration, Produced by Junior Achievement in collaboration with community partners
$25,000 for Mentoring Plus-Mentoring and Case Management
Notre Dame Urban Education Center
$25,000 for Transforming Families through Literacy
Saint Joseph Orphanage
$20,000 for Social Emotional Learning Toolkit: Suite 360
St. Aloysius Orphanage
$25,000 for Implementation of Social and Emotional Learning at St. Al’s to Increase Academic Success
$15,000* for WORDlab: A Reading Intervention Program at Chase Elementary
*Grant amplified by the support of donors’ co-investment.
The Greater Cincinnati Foundation (GCF) welcomes requests for funding to support the educational success of children, youth and young adults across our region. This is a competitive process. The invitation to submit a proposal does not guarantee a grant award.
To support in and out of school educational efforts that reduce disparities in educational attainment for students of color and/or those of low socioeconomic status; or that increases social emotional learning and health. This funding could also be used to improve educational outcomes in math and science for at-risk students in grades 1-12 through increased access to STEM learning opportunities.
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