The Cleveland Foundation’s Grant Program to support their partners across Cuyahoga, Lake and Geauga counties.
- Its mission is to enhance the lives of all residents of Greater Cleveland, now and for generations to come, by working together with the donors to build community endowment, address needs through grantmaking, and provide leadership on key community issues.
Priority is given in the following areas:
- Arts & Culture
- Economic & Workforce Development
- Health & Human Services
- Leadership Development
- Neighborhood Revitalization & Engagement
- Youth & Social Services
The Foundation does NOT fund
The Foundation generally do not make grants to:
- For-profit/commercial organizations
- Endowment campaigns, annual appeals or membership drives
- Religious organizations for religious purposes
- Travel for individuals or groups when travel is the proposal’s primary focus
- Community services such as police and fire protection, road repair or snow removal
- Staff positions for government agencies
- Capital projects for hospitals, nursing homes or institutions of higher education
- Publications, audiovisual projects or video productions. However, consideration may be given when they fall within a promising project.
The Cleveland Foundation makes most of its grants to tax-exempt agencies classified as 501(c)(3) organizations (public charities as defined by the Internal Revenue Service) in Cuyahoga, Lake, and Geauga counties. Some grants are also made to government agencies and churches. Grants to organizations fall within two categories:
- Responsive: About one-third of the flexible grantmaking dollars are given in response to direct requests from the community. In general, they give priority to those projects that improve access to services and programs for vulnerable and underserved populations; strengthen nonprofit organizations; test new ideas and Animal Welfare different partnerships; and support policy and advocacy.
- Proactive: About two-thirds of the flexible grantmaking dollars are awarded proactively in areas judged most vital to Greater Cleveland’s future. Grants in these areas are generally made to the long-term partners with the goal of creating significant, widespread impact.
For more information, visit https://www.clevelandfoundation.org/grants/apply-for-a-grant/