Greater Cincinnati Foundation Awards $400,000 in Creating Inclusive Communities Grants to 16 Regional Nonprofits

April 24, 2020

CINCINNATI (April 23, 2020) — Greater Cincinnati Foundation (GCF) has awarded $400,000 in Creating Inclusive Communities grants to 16 nonprofit organizations within our tri-state region. Thanks to the generosity of GCF donors, each organization received a $25,000 grant.

GCF convened the Creating Inclusive Communities (CIC) Cohort of organizations working with those living with physical and developmental disabilities to learn from one another to drive the creation of inclusive communities. They were invited to submit applications for GCF’s invitation-only Request for Proposals (RFP) by April 10, with funding to be received in June.

The coronavirus pandemic changed the focus. GCF responded to the urgent shift in needs of the cohort organizations by repurposing and immediately distributing the CIC grants to meet immediate challenges caused by COVID-19.

“Through discussions with the CIC cohort members, we were able to pivot quickly to provide support where it’s most needed right now,” said Ellen M. Katz, GCF President/CEO. “During this time of crisis, that flexibility is even more critical to the equitable well-being of our community.”

The grantees are:

Cincinnati Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired

Cincinnati Therapeutic Riding

Clovernook Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired

Down Syndrome Association of Greater Cincinnati


Envision Ohio

Ken Anderson Alliance

LADD, Inc.

Melodic Connections


St. Joseph Home


Stepping Stones

The Point Arc

University of Cincinnati Advancement and Transition Services