The inquiry portal serves as Greater Cincinnati Foundation's virtual front door for requests for partnership and support.
As your community foundation, we are committed to connecting people with purpose, supporting our community and encouraging collaboration and innovation. We value nonprofits, local leaders, donors and other stakeholders as vital partners in our work and have a deep commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. We invite you to consider partnering with us on the journey to a community where everyone can thrive.
The inquiry form is the way to start the conversation between you and GCF, and is not a formal funding request or letter of intent. This simple form is meant to serve as a central source for clear and comprehensive guidance from GCF staff on support – monetary and non-monetary – within GCF and beyond. We respond to inquiries within 30 days of submission.
Prior to filling out the inquiry we encourage you to review our Grant FAQs to get a sense of the types of request we fund and the area we serve.
If you believe your work is aligned to a Request for Proposal that is currently accepting applications, please submit a formal application through our grants management system. The inquiry form is not a required step in the application process and the timing of response does not always align with application deadlines.
If your organization has an extremely urgent need where service is interrupted, please connect with the Program Officer above to discuss your situation. For other non-emergency requests, submit an inquiry.
Greater Cincinnati Foundation defines a funding emergency as an immediate need for funding to avoid total stop of services of basic needs to vulnerable people.
GCF makes grants to tax-exempt agencies classified as 501(c)(3) organizations which are public charities as defined by the IRS. If you are a new organization that is in the process of incorporating as a public charity, this site has some guidance about fundraising prior to receiving your IRS 501(c)(3) determination letter, and an overview of the 501(c)(3) process.
Submit an Inquiry
Ready to start the conversation? Please begin by providing sufficient information about your request below: