23 Regional Nonprofits Amplified with $620,000 in Educational Success Grants

May 13, 2021

CINCINNATI (May 13, 2021) — Greater Cincinnati Foundation (GCF), in partnership with its donors, awarded nearly $620,000 in Educational Success grants to 23 nonprofit organizations this month.

The grants support in-and out-of-school educational programs that address racial and socioeconomic disparities in educational and career attainment or programs that support social emotional learning and health for students of color and those of low socioeconomic status. The pandemic has further exacerbated the barriers these students face.

“Supporting equity in education is more important now than ever,” shared Zohar Perla, GCF Program Officer. “These organizations are working to make our region one where all students flourish, both in school and beyond and we are proud to help support that work.”

GCF aligns resources from donor-created endowments, including this year the Gladys and Ralph Lazarus Education Fund, to strengthen education and other areas of focus in the region. This cycle saw current fund holders of the foundation join to further extend support to four additional organizations.

Grantees and their awarded amounts are:


Bonds of Union
$30,000 for Bonds of Union’s Ascend Initiative


Madisonville Education and Assistance Center
$25,000 for Improving Early Literacy in Madisonville


Breakthrough Cincinnati
$25,000 for Reigniting a Love of Learning in the time of COVID.


Mount St. Joseph University
$25,000 for Phase 2 of Project Ready: Continuing to Close the Readiness Gap for Children


Center for Social-Emotional Learning
$29,800 for Social-Emotional Learning Classes and Peer Mediation Training


Northern Kentucky Community Action Commission
$30,000 for Lincoln Grant Scholar House: A Proven Model to Reduce Disparities in Educational Attainment

CHIPs Workforce Alliance
$10,000 for CHIPs Workforce Alliance


Northern Kentucky Education Council
$30,000 for One to One


Cincinnati Union Bethel
$25,000 for Cincinnati Scholar House (Scholar House)


Santa Maria Community Services
$30,000 for Educational Success at Kindergarten in Price Hill


Easter Seals TriState
$25,000 for Easterseals Youth Construction Pathways (YCP)


The Community Builders
$30,000 for Avondale Education Connection


$30,000 for Enhanced/Accelerated Education Initiative: Creative Futures


The D.A.D. Initiative
$20,000 for DAD Initiative IVI program (Innovative Virtual Instruction)


Envision Children
$30,000 for Catch Every Child (CEC)


The Gaskins Foundation
$30,000 for STEMulating our Youth: Preparing students for careers through informal STEM


Found Village
$30,000 for Creating Equity for Youth through Opportunity, Life-Skills and Social-Emotional Learning


The Health Collaborative
$30,000 for Addressing Race and Income Disparities in College Credit Attainment in High School


GRAD Cincinnati
$25,000 for Math Masters


$25,000 for UpSpring Summer 360°


Groundwork Ohio River Valley, Inc.
$25,000 for Green Justice in Education


YWCA of Greater Cincinnati Inc.
$30,000 for Peaceful Solutions: Restorative Practices & Racial Equity Program


Learning Through Art, Inc.
$30,000 for Books Alive! For Kids® Immersive Literacy Model at Dater Montessori




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.