Families, corporations, individuals, and even private foundations have established supporting organizations of the Cleveland Foundation. Supporting organizations are funds affiliated with the Cleveland Foundation that have their own grantmaking strategies, investment objectives, and boards of directors.

To learn if your project or nonprofit organization could be a candidate for funding through a supporting organization, log in to Grants Gateway and complete an application.

If you have questions or need additional information about a specific supporting organization,  Cleveland Foundation Grants Management.

NOTE: IRS Form 990s for supporting organizations can be accessed on our Financial Statements page.

Applications for the following funds must be received by the deadlines listed below: 

Supporting Organization Focus Deadlines
Higley Fund Primary focus for responsive grantmaking is project-based support for basic human needs with a particular interest in food, housing, education/training, health, and crisis intervention. Grants typically range from $10,000 to $25,000. March 1
Aug. 1
Sally and John Morley Family Fund

Fund’s Mission Statement
The Morley Family fund focuses its support on U.S.-based organizations striving to achieve significant systemic change in the area of mental health and/or at the intersection occurring among two or more of the following areas: education, health, the environment and socioeconomically disadvantaged populations.

Systemic Impact and Prevention Focus
Focus on organizations providing services or doing research that provide or enable long-lasting, systemic and/or prevention benefits to their target populations (i.e. solutions with long-term impacts rather than providing short-term necessities such as food and clothing) and organizations/areas in which the fund’s giving can make an impact.

Grants will typically range from $5,000 to $50,000 with the focus on the following geographical areas: Cleveland, OH, and Boulder, CO for 2017.

Aug. 1
Thatcher Family Fund  Focus is food, clothing, shelter, and medical care for the neediest people in the Cleveland area March 1
Aug. 1

Inquiries for the funds listed below are to be submitted by staff-invitation only or are handled through a request for proposal (RFP) process:
Supporting Organization Focus
Billie Howland Steffee Family Fund Focus is on  education and awareness related to human trafficking; also has an interest in human services, education, arts, and the environment.
The City of Cleveland’s Cable Television Minority Arts and Education Fund Focus is to support the planning, preparation, production, and/or presentation of cultural, educational, and scientific programs and projects which promote and benefit Cleveland’s minority populations.
Medical Mutual of Ohio Charitable Foundation  Focus is preventative health care services with a particular interest of adolescents; supports broad-reaching projects that can be viewed as transformational in that they inform the field/become models for other communities; are highly collaborative and creative; and are connected to systems with the potential to impact long-term change.
Sullivan Scholars Foundation Scholarships for eighth grade students currently enrolled in selected Cleveland schools to attend Parochial and private high schools
Treu-Mart Fund  Focus is providing support to programs that reach marginalized and underserved youth

The Treu-Mart Fund is a supporting organization of both the Cleveland Foundation and the Jewish Federation of Cleveland. Inquiries may be submitted to either organization, but full proposals are accepted by invitation only and must be sent only to the Jewish Federation of Cleveland.