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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.
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.
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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.
“We live in a region with sizable disparities where many of our neighbors struggle to make ends meet,” said Molly Robertshaw, GCF program officer. “When basic needs go unmet by many, our region is unable to truly thrive. These awards represent a continued commitment on the part of GCF to our region’s social safety net.”
More than $400,000 awarded in this grant cycle represent donor co-investments.
“It is our privilege to connect the generosity of donors with the pressing needs of our region,” said Ellen M. Katz, president/CEO. “GCF is proud to support our nonprofit partners, who are working hard to fill gaps in services, and we are excited to help our community invest in a more equitable region.”
As the region’s leading community foundation, the 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. As of 2017, GCF is the 35th largest U.S. community foundation with net assets of $636 million.
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.
In 2017, Greater Cincinnati Foundation (GCF) adopted a new grantmaking schedule that aligns with our strategic We Rise Together focus on racial and gender equity. Our Request for Proposal (RFP) process targets diverse community needs on a quarterly basis throughout each year. We look forward to connecting donors with the purpose that drives their passions while supporting Greater Cincinnati nonprofit organizations that are moving the needle forward, creating a more vibrant community for all of us.
For 2020, GCF is expanding the window for applying for targeted grants, beginning with the Safety Net RFP. The submission deadline will be in January, but it will be launched in early December.
For 2020, GCF’s targeted RFPs will include:
GCF will again, in partnership with our generous donors and the continuing support of the Charles H. Dater Foundation, fund Summertime Kids and Learning Links grant programs in 2020:
Additionally, GCF will host Giving Circles in 2020.
Please watch our website for news on all of our 2020 RFPs and Giving Circles. For more information about GCF’s grant cycle, contact GCF Grants Associate Rosie Polter at 513-241-2880 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about co-investing alongside GCF, contact your GCF philanthropic advisor.
Greater Cincinnati Foundation’s (GCF) first Request for Proposals (RFP) for 2020, Providing a Safety Net for Individuals and Families, is now open for applications. The release date is earlier than in previous years to give nonprofit organizations a longer window to apply for funding. The deadline for submitting proposals is Monday, Feb. 3, at 5:00 p.m.
Funding for Safety Net grants focuses on two compelling needs:
In keeping with GCF’s racial equity objective, preferential consideration will be given to solutions developed through a racial equity lens, and collaborations between organizations are encouraged. Once again, in response to the shift in the level of support available to our region in this critical sector, grants of up to $50,000 will be awarded.
Through partnerships with our generous donors, we recognize that this is a crucial element in promoting economic equity, which enriches our entire community. Thanks to that generosity, GCF awarded $752,600 in 2019 Safety Net grants to 20 nonprofit organizations in our eight-county region of Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana.
The 2019 Safety Net awards supported such programs as after-school meals for underserved children; triage support to connect those in crisis with relief resources and mental health counseling; “last resort” assistance for rent, utilities and food to prevent homelessness; and child abuse treatment services.
GCF will offer an optional RFP workshop on Tuesday, Jan. 7, from 3 to 5 p.m. to answer questions, walk through the application process and provide an intentional space for identifying opportunities to collaborate.
Providing a Safety Net RFP
For further information, contact Michael Coffey at 513-768-6109 or email@example.com.
CINCINNATI (April 6, 2020) — Greater Cincinnati Foundation (GCF) has awarded $880,000 in Providing a Safety Net for Individuals and Families grants to 20 nonprofit organizations within our eight-county, tri-state region.
Providing a Safety Net funding focuses on investments ensuring that vulnerable residents of our community have access to food and shelter, along with well-integrated, trauma-informed mental health services. Preference is given to organizations that develop solutions through a racial equity lens.
“These needs preceded the urgent demands brought on by the coronavirus pandemic, but now they are rising daily to an unprecedented level,” said Ellen M. Katz, GCF President/CEO. “This support is even more critical to the well-being of our shared community.”
Grantees and their awarded amounts are:
Bethany House Services, Inc.
$50,000 for Comprehensive Shelter Services for Families Experiencing Homelessness
Brighton Center, Inc.
$50,000 for Family Support with Emphasis on Serving Hispanic/Latino Families
$50,000 for Caracole Housing Programs
City Gospel Mission
$35,000 for Food and Shelter for People Experiencing Homelessness
Diocesan Catholic Children’s Home dba DCCH Center for Children and Families
$40,000 for Residential Treatment and Trauma-Informed Mental Health Services for Survivors of Child Abuse
Emergency Shelter of Northern Kentucky Inc.
$50,000 to Build into Emergency Winter Shelter 2020-2021
First Step Home
$50,000 for First Step Home Family Unity Center
Greater Cincinnati Behavioral Health Services
$50,000 for Take a Stand for Mental Health Campaign: Quality housing ensures access to mental health services
Hope House Rescue Mission, Inc.
$35,000 for Emergency Shelter and Homeless Services
Inter Parish Ministry
$50,000 for Building Food Security for Families in Need by Expanding Access to Fresh Food
Interfaith Hospitality Network of Greater Cincinnati
$50,000 for Interfaith Hospitality Network of Greater Cincinnati (IHNGC) Housing Support for Families
Joseph House Inc.
$50,000 for New Treatment Pathways for Veterans
Lighthouse Youth and Family Services
$50,000 for Sheakley Center for Youth
Lydia’s House Inc.
$20,000 for Housing and Integrated Support Services for Women and Children Experiencing Homelessness
Our Daily Bread
$30,000 for Soup Kitchen
People Working Cooperatively, Inc.
$50,000 for PWC Level 1 Emergency Services
$35,000 for ProKids Steps to Peace
St. Vincent de Paul – Cincinnati
$50,000 for Homelessness Prevention Program (HPP)
Welcome House of Northern Kentucky
$35,000 for Welcome House of Northern Kentucky Shelter for Homeless Women and Children
YWCA of Greater Cincinnati Inc.
$50,000 for YWCA’s Domestic Violence Shelter Program
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