Apply for a Grant
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.
1. Potential applicants call or email Foundation staff with an idea
2. Potential applicants complete an internal self-assessment and then meet with Foundation staff to discuss their organization and funding needs
3. Applicants are invited to complete an application through the online grants management system (application questions can be found in the drop down menus below)
4. 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
5. Applicants revise their application and submit it for consideration
6. Funding decisions are communicated and follow-up reporting assigned
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 Spring Grant Cycle
- Application Open
- Application Deadline
- Site Visits and Calls
- Funding Decision
- February 1, 2021
- February 26, 2021
- March - April
- May 11, 2021
Spring 2021 Grant Cycle
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 Spring 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 living wage jobs
- Supporting affordable housing
- Providing affordable healthcare and mental health services
Organizations primarily serving Hamilton County residents will be eligible to apply.
Priority will be given to organizations with annual budgets under $5,000,000.
Priority will be given to organizations that have experienced a 15% or more reduction in income in 2020 when compared to the previous year.
Capacity & Multiyear Grants - Suspended during 2021 due to COVID-19
Capacity Building Grants
- 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
- 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
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