Innovative Funding for Education, Arts

April 21, 2019

“The arts are an essential element of education, just like reading, writing and arithmetic … music, dance, painting and theater are all keys that unlock profound human understanding and accomplishment.” — William Bennett, Former U.S. Secretary of Education

“The Arts and Sciences have a primary claim to the encouragement of every lover of his country and mankind.” — George Washington

Greater Cincinnati Foundation (GCF) has a dynamic history of investing in educational success throughout our eight-county, tri-state region. Because educational attainment is a primary means of advancement in our society, it strongly aligns with our strategic focus on racial equity and economic opportunity, and GCF explicitly encourages programs that address such disparities.

Two of our current Requests for Proposals (RFPs) specifically reflect the enrichment that learning experiences — both academic and cultural — offers to our entire community:

  •  The David C. Herriman Fund of Greater Cincinnati Foundation, established by Mr. Herriman to, in his words, “make possible what would otherwise be impossible” opportunities for Greater Cincinnati arts organizations, invites proposal applications by the deadline of 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 1. Funds available for distribution in 2019 are $220,000, which will be awarded as one larger grant (up to $200,000) and one or two smaller grants (up to $20,000 each).
    • Proposals for the performance of new works and for the education of youth, specifically in the performing arts, are encouraged. Special consideration will be given to enhancing performance through support for bringing in performance artists, directors, choreographers, authors, musicians and so on. Applicants may be large or small organizations, with a strong preference for performing arts organizations including musical groups. (Colleges and universities are excluded.) Projects/performances should commence in 2020 and conclude no later than Dec. 31, 2021.
    • For further information about the David C. Herriman Fund of Greater Cincinnati Foundation RFP, click here.
  • GCF’s Learning Links grants, available due to the generosity of our donors and the continuing support of the Charles H. Dater Foundation, allow local K-12 educators the opportunity to bring creative projects or events to their schools or classrooms. The grants, up to $1,000, will fund projects during the 2019-2020 school year. Preference will be given to projects that inspire innovative, fun ideas that encourage student participation; promote diversity, multicultural or intergenerational events; have lasting impact on students, school and staff; and engage parents, guardians and other community members.
    • The Learning Links RFP deadline has been extended to May 3; for further information, click here.