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Greater Cincinnati Foundation announces grants for second quarter, including to NKY organizations

The Greater Cincinnati Foundation’s (GCF) Governing Board recently approved $2 million in Community Fund grants in its second quarter.

During this grant cycle, the Foundation invested $815,000, in programs that improve the self-sufficiency of Greater Cincinnati families. This focus is related to the Foundation’s mission of investing in a more vibrant and prosperous Greater Cincinnati where everyone can thrive.


“The grants that are providing training for quality jobs, access to quality early childhood education and stable housing will help close the gap on inequalities,” said Ellen M. Katz, president/CEO. “We’re committed to our region and believe in pooling resources to have a greater impact. We are ready to shape the future where everyone thrives.”

Highlights include:

The AMOS Project is receiving $120,000 over two years to expand its community mobilization effort toward crafting a more equitable economy in the Greater Cincinnati region.

The Greenlight Fund is receiving a $50,000 grant to support the launch of the Family Independence Initiative, a program that trusts and invests in low-income families so they can work individually and collectively to achieve prosperity.

Catholic Charities is receiving $25,000 to build capacity to more fully serve immigrant legal needs.

Job Training
Freestore Foodbank is receiving a $50,000 grant for LIFT (Logistics, Inventory Management, Facilities Management and Transportation) the TriState, a 12-week workforce development and job placement program offered at no cost to participants.

Lawn Life is receiving $45,000 to continue a transitional employment manager position which supports hard-to-hire youth in finding their first job beyond this training program.

Mercy Neighborhood Ministries is receiving $100,000 over two years to expand its health career pathway curriculum by adding the next level of home health aide training.

Quality Early Childhood Education
The Children’s Home of Cincinnati is receiving a $75,000 grant for the Promoting Resilient Children program in Price Hill, which supports early childhood mental health.

Children, Inc. is receiving $70,000 for a capital campaign to renovate a child care center in Bond Hill, a quality preschool desert in our region.

Cincinnati Early Learning Centers is receiving a $50,000 grant for its Price Hill Center to build additional classrooms and teacher training booths. Price Hill is also a quality preschool desert.

Ensuring Well-being
Cornerstone Renter Equity is receiving a $35,000 grant to expand its renter equity efforts to reach more working low-income families with this unique, innovative model that promotes social mobility.

Housing Opportunities Made Equal is receiving a $40,000 grant for the Housing Stability Program for At-Risk Students program at two Price Hill schools.

Legal Aid Society of Cincinnati is receiving $225,000 over three years for its Stabilizing Neighborhoods program to support housing litigation and policy change in Hamilton County.

• See the complete list of Spring Cycle Grants here.

In this grant cycle, GCF donors contributed $130,000 towards multiple projects through the Foundation’s Generous Together program, which provides donors an opportunity to partner with the Foundation in giving grants. An example is GCF partnered with donors to make a $50,000 grant to Lighthouse Youth Services’ A Place to Call Home capital campaign. This grant will go towards creating a seamless system of care to support the unique needs of youth and young adults experiencing homelessness.

The Greater Cincinnati Foundation’s Community Fund supports the greatest needs in our community. Contributions to GCF’ Community Fund build more resources to invest in the good work of nonprofits in our regions. Contributions can be made here.

The Greater Cincinnati Foundation believes in the power of philanthropy to change the lives of people and communities. As a community foundation, GCF invests in thriving people and vibrant places. The Foundation inspires philanthropy in eight counties in Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana. At the end of 2016, GCF had net assets of $563 million.


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