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 0662-CF-OhioMapDesign_V2_CroppedResponsive 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.

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.

If you have any questions about applying, please contact Kathleen Hallissey or Stephen Caviness.

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.

2015 Grants

Catholic Charities Corporation

  • $28,718 Workplace-based resource program for Geauga County

Center for Community Solutions

  • $55,470 Geauga Income Collaborative

Child Care Resource Center of Cuyahoga County dba Starting Point

  • $27,234 Implementation of Step Up To Quality training for early childhood education programs in Geauga County

Friends of James A. Garfield National Historic Site

  • $25,000 Marketing and technology upgrade for the Garfield Centennial and the 2016 Republican National Convention

Geauga County Humane Society 

  • $35,000 Challenge Grant for programmatic expansion of Rescue Village

Lake County Historical Society

  • $13,500 Digitization of collections and mobile education

Suicide Prevention Education dba LifeAct

  • $15,000 Teen suicide prevention programming in Lake County and Geauga County schools

Big Brothers-Big Sisters of Northeast Ohio

  • $35,000 School mentoring programs in Geauga County

Lake-Geauga Habitat for Humanity, Inc.

  • $45,000 Expansion into Lake County and development of the newly merged Lake-Geauga Habitat for Humanity

Village of Fairport Harbor

  • $45,000 Economic development initiative

Geauga Growth Partnership Inc.

  • $38,000 Staff Capacity for Intern and Career Readiness Programs

The Salvation Army

  • $25,000 Painesville Learning Zone Hispanic Tutoring Program

2014 Grants

Apollo’s Fire: The Cleveland Baroque Orchestra

  • $10,000 Apollo’s Fire Arts Partnerships in Lake County

Lake County Free Clinic

  • $25,000 Expanded medical services in Lake County

Painesville City Local School District

  • $57,000 Family Resource Center

Western Reserve Land Conservancy

  • $20,000 Western Reserve Land Conservancy Eastern Field Office 

Cleveland Rape Crisis Center

  • $30,000 Continuation of Lake and Geauga County-based programming

Jennings Center for Older Adults

  • $50,000 Planning activities associated with Senior Housing in Geauga County

Big Brothers-Big Sisters of Northeast Ohio

  • $55,000 Outreach Expansion in Lake, Geauga & Ashtabula Counties 

Chagrin River Watershed Partners, Inc.

  • $45,000 Developing two pilot Stormwater projects in the Chagrin River Watershed

2013 Grants

Lake Metroparks

  • $100,000 Lake Erie Bluffs Observation Tower

Geauga Park District Foundation

  • $100,000 Observatory Park Phase IV: Restoration of the Historic Nassau Astronomical Observing Station

Lake Health Foundation, Inc.

  • $75,600 Geriatric Assessment Program (GAP)