Greater Cincinnati Foundation Invests More Than $750,000 in Safety Net Grants

May 15, 2019

CINCINNATI (May 15, 2019) – Greater Cincinnati Foundation (GCF) has awarded $752,600 in Safety Net grants to 20 nonprofit organizations throughout our tri-state community. These funds will help the region’s most vulnerable residents have better access to food, shelter and behavioral health services. In response to the shift in funding available to the community in this critical sector, grants were increased from $35,000 to $50,000 this year.

“Without community partnerships, this type of support to our region’s most vulnerable wouldn’t be possible,” said Harold Brown, GCF’s Vice President, Community Strategies. “We are excited to partner with organizations in these efforts to make Greater Cincinnati a more equitable region.”


Grantees and their awarded amounts are:

BLOC Ministries, Inc.: $43,000 for Second Chance Live and Work Program

Central Clinic Behavioral Health: $30,600 for Child & Family Treatment Center: Eradicating Barriers to Trauma-Informed Behavioral Health Treatment

Childhood Food Solutions: $50,000 for Food Support for Children and Families in Four Low-Income Cincinnati Zip Codes during July 2019

Children’s Hunger Alliance: $25,000 for Afterschool Meals for Underserved Children in Cincinnati

CityLink Center: $50,000 for Shoring Foundations for Future Success

Community Matters: $30,000 for Food and Housing Support for Families in the Lower Price Hill Neighborhood

Dearborn County Clearinghouse for Emergency Aid: $20,000 for Right-2-U Resources, Mobile Pantry

Erlanger Elsmere School District: $19,000 for Lloyd Memorial High School Safety Net

Family Nurturing Center: $25,000 for Child Abuse Treatment Services

Freestore Foodbank: $50,000 for School Pantry: Bringing Wholesome Food to Children and Their Families

Holly Hill Child & Family Solutions: $50,000 for Behavioral Health Services Outreach

Legal Aid Society of Cincinnati*: $50,000 for Kinship Care

Mental Health America of NKY and SW Ohio: $50,000 for Pro Bono Counseling

Milford Miami Ministry: $15,000 for Safety Net Programs for Food Insecure and At-Risk Families

Over-the-Rhine Community Housing*: $50,000 for Preserving Permanent Supportive Housing

Seven Hills Neighborhood Houses: $50,000 for Findlay Street Neighborhood House

Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Council of Northern Kentucky: $25,000 for Emergency Assistance Conference Support

Tender Mercies, Inc.**: $50,000 for Making Independence Possible Through Affordable Housing and Nutrition

Valley Interfaith Community Resource Center: $35,000 for Valley Interfaith Safety Net Proposal

Women’s Crisis Center: $35,000 for Safe Shelter


*Fully funded by anonymous foundation partner

**Funded in part by anonymous foundation partner


 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.