For the past 25 years, the Cleveland Foundation has worked with our donors to enhance the lives of residents in Lake and Geauga Counties, providing more than $32.8 million in grants. At the December 18, 2015, meeting of the Cleveland Foundation board of directors, the board reiterated our commitment to Lake and Geauga Counties by approving an enhanced process for grantmaking in these counties that offers greater flexibility and responsiveness to funding requests, with the possibility for more dollars and increased access to Cleveland Foundation staff to help with technical support and strategic counsel.
Community Responsive Grants
The foundation requires all grant applicants to submit an online grant inquiry, outlining basic information about the proposed project. These Community Responsive inquiries may be submitted at any time. We recommend submitting one inquiry per proposed project. If it is determined that your project fits the foundation’s guidelines, you will be asked (within a few weeks) to submit a full application. Please note that an invitation to submit a full application does not guarantee funding at any level.
- Learn how to apply for a grant from the Cleveland Foundation.
- If you already have a username and password, enter our online portal.
Request for Proposal
As a supplement to our enhanced process, organizations can now apply directly to the Lake-Geauga Fund one time per year by responding to the Request for Proposal (RFP). The Fund prioritizes requests that place an emphasis on collaboration to address important community issues.
The Role of Donors
The partnership that has grown among donors, community leaders, and nonprofit organizations promises a brighter future for Lake and Geauga counties. Learn more about becoming a Cleveland Foundation donor.
- $28,718 Workplace-based resource program for Geauga County
- $55,470 Geauga Income Collaborative
- $27,234 Implementation of Step Up To Quality training for early childhood education programs in Geauga County
- $25,000 Marketing and technology upgrade for the Garfield Centennial and the 2016 Republican National Convention
- $35,000 Challenge Grant for programmatic expansion of Rescue Village
- $13,500 Digitization of collections and mobile education
- $15,000 Teen suicide prevention programming in Lake County and Geauga County schools
- $35,000 School mentoring programs in Geauga County
- $45,000 Expansion into Lake County and development of the newly merged Lake-Geauga Habitat for Humanity
- $45,000 Economic development initiative
- $38,000 Staff Capacity for Intern and Career Readiness Programs
- $25,000 Painesville Learning Zone Hispanic Tutoring Program
- $10,000 Apollo’s Fire Arts Partnerships in Lake County
- $25,000 Expanded medical services in Lake County
- $57,000 Family Resource Center
- $20,000 Western Reserve Land Conservancy Eastern Field Office
- $30,000 Continuation of Lake and Geauga County-based programming
- $50,000 Planning activities associated with Senior Housing in Geauga County
- $55,000 Outreach Expansion in Lake, Geauga & Ashtabula Counties
- $45,000 Developing two pilot Stormwater projects in the Chagrin River Watershed