Application Process

Grant Application Deadlines

Grant applications over $15,000 must be reviewed and approved by the board. 

Please note that for 2019 our grant deadlines have changed slightly. The grant deadlines for 2019 will be:

  • March 2, 2020 (decision at board meeting early June)
    A site visit may be requested to learn more.  Site Visits for this application deadline will be scheduled during the week of April 13-17, 2020
  • June 22, 2020 (decision at board meeting early September)
    A site visit may be requested to learn more.  Site Visits for this application deadline will be scheduled during the week of August 3-7, 2020
  • September 21, 2020 (decision at board meeting early December)
    A site visit may be requested to learn more.  Site Visits for this application deadline will be scheduled during the week of November 2-6, 2020

Please submit your application by 11:59 p.m. on the above dates.

Discretionary grants of $15,000 or less are accepted and approved on a rolling basis (no deadline). Please contact someone on the program staff prior to submitting an application. Applicants will be notified of a decision within four weeks of submission. 

Purpose: Requests for discretionary funding will be considered for time-sensitive or one-time requests under $15,000 that are tied to our strategy. These might include leveraging or matching opportunities, capacity building, or grants to organizations with whom we are just starting a relationship. Discretionary dollars can also be used for special projects such as a strategic plan or summer program initiative. Finally, discretionary grants can be used to fund pilot projects. The Foundation’s discretionary budget will be $350,000 for 2018.

As is the case with all kind of grantmaking the Foundation does, a conversation with a member of the program staff will be required before submitting an application. This can take place over the phone. Click here to email us and set up a meeting now.

Who Can Apply?

Applicants must be either an organization designated as a public charity under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, with a non-private foundation status with the IRS, or a governmental unit or agency. The Foundation provides grants to organizations supporting Cuyahoga County’s underserved communities.

See our 'What We Fund' page for more information on our funding priorities and what we do not fund.

Grantmaking Process

Get Acquainted Meetings

Only after reviewing the above “Who Can Apply” section, learning about our funding priorities and determining if you are a fit, then please contact Angel Johnson to schedule this meeting in advance of submitting an application.

Review Grant Application Requirements

Review the questions for the application here; however, applications must be submitted in our online system to be considered. Required documents will include budget forms using your own format, an organizational chart, your most recent audited financial statements and a current board list.

Submit Online Application

Login here if you know your login information. If you have any questions or concerns, contact Grants Manager Kristen Summers at 216-431-8010

Login and apply today!

Site Visit

A site visit may be part of the process. We have limited slots available. We will contact you to schedule if you are chosen for a site visit.

Grant Agreement and Reporting

If your application is approved, you will be sent an email notifying you that an electronic grant agreement must be signed. Please log in to our online grants dashboard to submit this. Once that is submitted, you will receive your first check in a few weeks.

Final reports are an integral part of grantmaking at the Foundation. All staff and board will see your final report. Please make every effort to answer each question fully. Your follow-up reporting requirements will be listed in your online grants dashboard with their respective due dates. A reminder email will be sent one month before the due date. Please be sure to submit your reports on time.

For questions or technical issues, please contact our Grants Manager, Kristen Summers.

Phone: 216-431-8010