Cincinnati nonprofits vying for Gannett Foundation grants

Eight nonprofit organizations in Greater Cincinnati have applied for grants through the A Community Thrives program and are raising the required matching funds for the final review.

A Community Thrives is the fundraising and grantmaking initiative of the Gannett Foundation. The Enquirer and are owned by Gannett Co. Inc.

Since the program’s inception in 2017, more than $17 million has been donated through crowdfunding efforts and paid out to more than 500 organizations across the country. To date, 12 Cincinnati-area organizations have received grants, totaling $183,500.

Grants are awarded for specific projects or for operating funds. To qualify for final consideration, nonprofits must raise $3,000 or $6,000 in matching funds, depending on their size. Fundraising started last week and ends August 12.

Here’s an overview of the eight local nonprofits and links to their fundraising page. You can also search for apps nationwide online at

Services of the Bethany house

Bethany House Services provides homeless and at-risk families with solutions to achieve housing stability and long-term self-sufficiency.

The Community Action Agency

The Community Action Agency’s Community Relief Fund provides emergency relief to individuals and families in Cincinnati and Hamilton County who are experiencing financial crisis, homelessness, or struggling to provide basic necessities. the daily life of their family.

The cupboard of hope

Hope’s Closet strives to enrich the lives of children affected by children’s services by providing comprehensive care, including an extensive clothing store and extensive support services.

Last mile

Last Mile is a Greater Cincinnati food relief organization with a mission to save good food and get it to those who need it most. Using the power of technology-fueled volunteers, the organization connects food donors with nonprofits that serve food-insecure people in the area, fight food waste, and help eradicate hunger closest to them.

The Loveland Stage Company

The Loveland Stage Company offers theater experiences throughout the year. With opportunities for community engagement – ​​such as musicals, plays, summer youth programs, free holiday performances and dance lessons – the theater strives to make a positive impact. on our city.


MyWhy tackles hunger and food insecurity through its Inner City Farmers Market, teaching children living in poverty how to grow food and eat healthy.

Refugee Connect

RefugeeConnect is a private, independent nonprofit organization dedicated to creating a more welcoming community for refugee families in the Greater Cincinnati area. Its mission is to connect refugees (people forced to flee their country to escape persecution or war) with resources to rebuild their lives as American citizens.

Samaritan Auto Care Clinic

Samaritan Car Care Clinic tackles transportation barriers to self-sufficiency. The clinic sponsors safety-related vehicle repairs on a discount/cost-shared basis. More than 80% of people referred to the Clinic are single mothers trying to better themselves and care for their families, but cannot afford the maintenance and repairs needed on their vehicles.

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