Nonprofits awarded $403,011 to support Environmental Sustainability

July 2, 2018

“We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children.”

This time-honored concept — even more urgent today — is a vital component of the cultural heritage of our beloved community. To help, Greater Cincinnati Foundation is investing in Environmental Sustainability. Through strategic support of innovative collaborations, GCF is partnering with forward-thinking organizations generating ecological stewardship for generations to come.

These grant funds will be used to increase and restore natural and green spaces, reduce landfill waste, monitor and improve water quality, increase energy efficiencies in buildings and foster education opportunities. They will also inspire higher participation rates in outdoor recreation and environmental volunteer efforts.

The funds dedicated to improving Environmental Sustainability came from endowments created by donors. We are honored to help these generous individuals continue their legacy to our region’s environment. To amplify their impact, GCF inspired current donors to join this mission and collectively we increased the total contribution to these outstanding organizations by $96,620, for a total impact of $403,011 towards building a more vibrant community.

2018 Ensuring Environmental Sustainability Grantees

Brick Gardens

$25,000 for the St. Aloysius Bond Hill Urban Farm

Cincinnati Nature Center*

$25,000 for Beyond Removal: Collaboration to Restore Native Habitats

Civic Garden Center of Greater Cincinnati

$25,000 for Environmental Education for Everyone

Easter Seals TriState*

$25,000 for Building Value Lumber Processing project

Enright Urban Ecovillage

$21,000 for the Beautify Land and Expand Opportunities for Increased Local Organic Produce project

Great Parks Forever

$25,000 for Preparing to Restore Sharon Lake at Sharon Woods

Green Umbrella

$24,421 for Partnering with the Avondale Community to Increase Opportunities for Outdoor Activity and Education project

Groundwork Cincinnati/Mill Creek*

$25,000 for the Sustainable Pathways project


$19,600 for the Branching Out Expansion project

Joy Outdoor Education Center Foundation Inc.*

$12,500 for the Zero In Ten: Camp Joy Goes Big on Sustainability project

Keep Cincinnati Beautiful

$25,000 for Cincinnati is Beautiful

Life Learning Center, Inc.

$18,573 for the Environmental project

New Life Furniture*

$10,000 for Diverting and reducing solid waste while furnishing empty houses

New Prospect Baptist Church

$25,000 for the Compost to Produce project

Northside Community Council/Northsider LLC

$25,000 for the Northside Composting Pilot

Outdoor Adventure Clubs of Greater Cincinnati, Inc.

$25,000 for Ecological Education through Wilderness Exposure

Renaissance Covington

$25,000 for The Zero Waste Way: Transforming Our Public Events project

Urban Blooms

$25,000 for GROW Cincinnati

*Fully funded by anonymous foundation partner

GCF’s Mission
As a trusted and connected partner, we inspire generous people to invest in a more equitable and vibrant region, now and for generations to come.