How to Apply

How to Apply

The Foundation solicits new project ideas through a preliminary review process. Grants are approved once a year in the spring.

Applicants must wait three years from approval of their most recent grant before applying again. Applicants that are not funded also must wait three years before re-applying.

Based on recent history, in a typical year, the Foundation:

  • Reviews full proposals from 20-25 organizations.
  • Makes about 20 grants averaging about $8,000 to $10,000 each.
  • Spreads the grants around the geographic areas, with the majority of grants to be made in Cincinnati.
  • Awards Competitive Grants totaling $100,000 or more.

Application Process and Forms

The Foundation solicits new project ideas through a preliminary review process. Please contact Jamie Markle no later than March 14 at to discuss your idea and request access to the Preliminary Application Form.

Applications are due by 9:00 PM EST on April 15 and are reviewed by the board in May. Applicants approved for funding will be notified by June 15.

The Foundation uses an online grant application process, organizations approved to submit an application will receive a link and instructions for the online application process.

Only applications submitted online will be accepted; no paper copies.

Funding decisions will be announced by June 15 with payment by July 15. Note: If the deadline falls on a weekend or holiday, the deadline will be the next business day.

After Grants are Awarded:
Progress and Final Reports

A two-page report on the progress of the program or project, and details on the how the grant funds were spent, is due by October 1 of the year following the grant award. The report should restate the objectives of the grant and clearly document how the grant goals were met, what your organization learned from the grant, and what obstacles or challenges you faced during the grant period. In addition, the project budget and actual income/expenses must be attached. An email reminder and report template will be sent to you 60 days prior to the due date.



Grant Application Guidelines

Application Calendar

March 14: Deadline to Request Application Access
March 15: Application Opens
April 15: Application Deadline
June 15: Grant Award Notifications Sent
July 15: Grant Payments Issued
October 1: Previous Year’s Progress Reports Due

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