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2019 Family Grant Focus

Scripps Howard Foundation, Greater Cincinnati Foundation and WCPO Channel 9 on Your Side are continuing their charge to break the cycle of poverty through literacy. The organizations are leveraging resources to provide a $100,000 grant to a nonprofit that supports family literacy in underserved neighborhoods in Greater Cincinnati. 

The grant will be awarded to a single nonprofit that brings books and other literacy resources into Tri-state neighborhoods in need – whether it’s keeping kids supplied with books during the summer, supplementing literacy outreach throughout the schoolyear, equipping toddlers with their first books, or other efforts addressing the literacy needs of our community.

We believe in bolstering children’s literacy skills to support them in reaching their full potential and understand the power of giving books to children experiencing poverty. The grant will fund a single organization that will equip children with strong reading skills today to ensure brighter futures. 

The program must provide ongoing support, serve families living in poverty, and develop deep relationships with parents. 

Eligible programs will:

  • Focus on literacy skills  of children from birth through third grade – or a subset of that age range
  • Empower parents with skills, confidence and tools to help develop their children’s reading skills
  • Understand the needs the families living in poverty face by ensuring access to programing – either by bring resources to the community or offering transportation solutions 
  • Provide quantitative and qualitative measurement outcomes for both parents and children
  • Illustrate prior program success or how new programs are based on successful models
  • Demonstrate the ability to sustain the program at the end of the grant period

Additional consideration will be given to organizations that partner with other organizations that provide additional resources that children and their families need. 

Applicants may submit either a one-year or two-year grant request. The grant amount will be the same level regardless of grant period.

For this application, a parent is defined as an adult caregiver --- mother, father, grandparent, foster parent, guardian --- who lives with and cares for a child(ren).

Who may apply: 

An applicant must meet these criteria:

  1. A nonprofit with a 501(c)3 status
  2. The nonprofit may not be a grant-making agency
  3. A nonprofit in Hamilton, Clermont, Butler or Warren counties in Ohio; a nonprofit in Boone, Kenton or Campbell counties in Kentucky; or a nonprofit in Dearborn County, Indiana

Key dates:  

  • The organizations are accepting letters of intention on through noon on January 22.
  • No more than 10 applicants will be invited to submit a full application on January 28. Those applications will be due by midnight February 22.
  • The committee will announce no more than three semi-finalists on March 11 and request site visits of those organizations March 13-15.
  • The winner will be announced during the Scripps Howard Awards show Thursday, April 19,  at Memorial Hall. By applying for the grant, you are agreeing that if selected as a finalist, representatives from your organization will attend the program.

The show begins at 6:45 p.m. in Memorial Hall’s Anderson Theater. Tickets are complimentary. 


Please direct your questions to info@gcfdn.org. 

Do not contact the funders directly.