We’ve worked to create a simple and streamlined grant process.

The Foundation accepts unsolicited proposals once per year for either capacity building or multi-year needs. Applicants must be able to demonstrate a strong commitment to building a community where all our neighbors have access to the resources and opportunities they need to reach their fullest potential. This commitment should be evident within internal structures, goals and approaches.

Application Process:
1. Potential applicants email Foundation staff with an idea and may be asked to set up a meeting to discuss further
2. Applicants are invited to complete an application through the online grants management system (application questions can be found in the drop down menus below)
3. Staff may decline the application, defer the application to a future cycle, or schedule a site visit or call to learn more about the organization
4. Applicants revise their application and submit it for consideration
5. Funding decisions are communicated and follow-up reporting assigned

Grants Management Portal

Application Timeline:
The Foundation values community partnership and invites all grant seekers and recipients to contact our office at any time to discuss the grant application and award process.  The application deadline is 5:00 EDT on the day of the deadline.


2021 Fall Grant Cycle

  • Application Opens
  • Application Deadline
  • Site Visits and Calls
  • Funding Decision
  • August 6, 2021
  • August 27, 2021
  • September - October
  • November 16, 2021

Fall 2021 Grant Cycle

Caring Communitites

In light of the continued challenges due to the pandemic, the Community Foundation has suspended capacity building and multi-year funding for 2021.  During the Fall 2021 Grant Cycle, the Community Foundation is offering $15,000 general operating grants to assist our nonprofit partners who are working to help our neighbors navigate difficult circumstances and regain stability.

The Foundation will consider applications from organization’s whose primary mission is focused on one or more of the following:

  • Meeting basic human needs including: food, financial assistance, and shelter
  • Creating opportunities for individuals to access living wage jobs
  • Supporting affordable housing
  • Providing affordable healthcare
  • Supporting mental wellbeing

Priority will be given to organizations that have been negatively impacted financially by the pandemic.

Organizations primarily serving Hamilton County residents will be eligible to apply.


Racial Equity

The Community Foundation has a vision of a vibrant community where everyone has the resources, opportunities, and relationships we need to achieve our full potential and thrive, regardless of place, race, or identity. In order to realize this vision, $10,000 grants will be available to support organizations offering community education, training, and programming to enhance racial equity.

Organizations primarily serving Hamilton County residents will be eligible to apply.



Capacity & Multiyear Grants - Suspended during 2021 due to COVID-19

  • Capacity Building Grants

    Capacity Building Application Questions

    • Limited funding for one-time project needs
    • Requested amount determined through consultation with program staff
    • Annual funding opportunity
    • Applicants must demonstrate how funding will enhance their capacity to meet their mission and address the foundation’s priority areas


  • Multi-year Grants

    Multi-year Application Questions

    • Up to three (3) years of unrestricted funding
    • Highly competitive
    • Applicants must submit current strategic plan and audit
    • Grantees will be asked to reflect on how their organization’s mission-related activities have advanced the Foundation’s priority areas during the grant period and report on the results achieved within the grant period as outlined in the organization’s strategic plan


  • Organizational Characteristics

    Examples of grant seeker characteristics sought to secure funding

    • Clear organizational vision with corresponding goals, strategies and a written plan designed to measure progress towards goals
    • Necessary leadership, staff skills, and experience for successful plan execution
    • Capacity to measure organizational and program success and to apply learning for continuous improvement
    • Organizational decision-making strategy that engages those being served
    • Solid financial practices related to budgeting, forecasting and reporting to the board and a financial plan to support the organization’s strategic plan goals
    • Demonstrated knowledge of national trends in the field and use of best practices
    • An elected, engaged Board of Directors representing the diversity and demographics of the community served, including individuals with varied skill sets and the committee structure necessary to succeed
    • Collaborative relationships that enhance the organization’s ability to serve the community
    • A broad base of community and financial support demonstrating organizational sustainability