Application Guidelines


The purpose of The Louise Taft Semple Foundation is to provide financial support for worthy charitable artistic, cultural, educational, civic and social service enterprises as a means of enhancing the community’s quality of life.

Funding Priorities

The Foundation provides project, capital and endowment support for the following areas, in order of priority:

  • Arts and Culture
  • Elementary and Secondary Private Education
  • Civic and Community Projects
  • Youth
  • Environment

Geographic Focus

The Foundation makes grants that benefit citizens of Greater Cincinnati, Ohio.

PLEASE NOTE: The Louise Taft Semple Foundation has switched to online applications and no longer accepts any written requests.

The Application Process

  • If your organization previously has received funding from the Foundation, please observe the required two-year waiting period before applying again.
  • In order to apply you must first contact Jamie Markle at to confirm your eligibility and receive instructions for the online application process.

Final Reports

The Foundation requires all successful applicants to submit a grant evaluation report. The due date for this report is indicated on the original grant agreement.

If you have questions about The Louise Taft Semple Foundation or the grantmaking process, please email Jamie Markle at

Please direct all correspondence to:

The Louise Taft Semple Foundation
c/o Ignite Philanthropy
308 E. 8th Street, 4th Floor
Cincinnati, OH 45202


Application Deadlines

February 15: For April Board Meeting
May 15: For July Board Meeting
August 15: For October Board Meeting
October 15: For December Board Meeting

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