GCF Supports Programs with Community Leadership Grants

December 2, 2020

As your community foundation, we are on a mission to catalyze change that benefits our neighbors and region. We understand the systemic issues and the most critical challenges that need addressing in order to build a community where everyone can thrive. Through our Community Leadership grants, we are able to help drive these changes that create a better future for all. Racial equity is the overarching goal for this work and the following four recipients are our latest community leadership investments.

Free COVID-19 Testing
This past summer, the City of Cincinnati began partnering with community health centers, the Governor’s office and the Ohio National Guard to offer free COVID-19 testing at pop-up stations located in neighborhoods of our most vulnerable neighbors. Funding to the City will help offset staffing and lab costs and enable them to test more neighborhood residents.

Minority Business Accelerator
A Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber initiative, the Minority Business Accelerator (MBA) has created 3,500 jobs and $1 billion in annual revenues by brokering relationships between local corporations and established Black- and Hispanic-owned ventures. Funding to MBA will support general operations as it begins working toward its goal of achieving $2 billion in annual revenues and creating 3,500 additional jobs in far less time.

Represent Cincy
A collective of community and city leaders, developers and organizations, Represent Cincy’s mission is to make Over-the-Rhine the most diverse business district in the country. Funding will help Represent Cincy amplify resources, bridge the gaps and eliminate barriers for minority entrepreneurs and owners.

Avondale Grocery Store
With limited access to fresh produce and quality grocery staples, Avondale has long been considered a food desert. The last grocery store with fresh food in Avondale was in 2008, but that’s all about to change. This project will bring fresh food to Avondale and is a collaboration between Greater Cincinnati Foundation, City of Cincinnati, Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, Jr./U.S. Bank Foundation, Interact for Health, Fifth Third Bank and United Way of Greater Cincinnati. This funding will allow Country Meats, a Black owned grocery store, to serve Avondale residents. Greater Cincinnati Foundation will be granting funding to support its development.

We believe in driving growth and prosperity for our entire region, especially for the Black community. Each of these investments get us a step closer.