The organizations we support must have tax-exempt status under IRS section 501(c)(3).
The Foundation's Board of Trustees meets semi-annually to consider grant requests. Therefore, the review process can take up to six months. However, the Foundation is able to consider requests for immediate/emergency funds, based on the discretion of the Foundation's Trustees. We fund approximately $300,000 in grants each year. The average grant is between $5,000 and $10,000.
Our foundation concentrates almost exclusively on organizations in Northeast Ohio. We give preference to Catholic, educational, human service, cultural, and conservation organizations. We do not fund individuals or for-profit organizations. We don't support community funds or other grant making organizations. Limited exceptions may be made based on events and specific needs
We will provide unrestricted general operating support requests from established organizations which are financially stable and have strong leadership. We provide support for specific programs that are effective, innovative and do not duplicate other programs or services. We also will consider a small number of requests for capital support from organizations that meet all other funding criteria. The Foundation typically awards an agency only one grant per year. Grant recipients must re-apply each year.