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, please e-mail Cleveland Foundation Grants Management.

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

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

Supporting Organization Focus Deadlines
Alton F. and Carrie S. Davis Fund  Focus is to support local nonprofits for programs that are regional in focus and that address issues in the areas of arts and culture, education; healthcare and population control; regional development; social services; and the preservation of the natural environment Aug. 1
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
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.