Answering the Needs of Your Community

We have always been invested in the community, and responding to your ideas and proposals is one of our greatest priorities.

Cleveland NeighborhoodMost people familiar with the Cleveland Foundation know about our responsive grantmaking. The Cleveland Foundation contributes one-third of our flexible grant dollars to respond to the expressed needs of the community. Nonprofit organizations often look to the Cleveland Foundation for our leadership and financial support to help them meet needs and test new ideas for the benefit of Greater Cleveland and its citizens.

Our community responsive team acts as the front door to the foundation. We help organizations – large and small, relatively new and established – identify their highest priorities and guide them to funding.

We accept applications on an ongoing basis, so you may apply for a grant at any time. Typically our Board approves more than 200 responsive grants each year to our local nonprofit partners, with an average grant between $50,000 and $75,000.

Meet the community responsive grantmaking team

We give priority to grant requests for programs or ideas that

  • Improve access to services and programs for vulnerable and underserved populations
  • Strengthen nonprofit organizations
  • Test new ideas and different partnerships
  • Support policy and advocacy

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