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Health and Equity in Eligible Regions

The Char and Chuck Fowler Family Foundation (CCFFF) Grant

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The Char and Chuck Fowler Family Foundation (CCFFF)

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Deadline Date:

11/04/22 Midnight - for grant requests of $4,000 or more; smaller grant applications have a monthly rolling deadline, starting January 1, 2022.


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Grants to Ohio nonprofit organizations to improve health and equity in eligible regions. Some applicants are required to submit an online LOI prior to a full grant application. Funding areas of focus include reproductive health, adolescent and young adult cancer support, criminal justice, and the arts. Eligible applicants serve the communities of Northeast Ohio, generally those residing in Cuyahoga and Lorain Counties.

Grantmaking Focus Areas For Requests of $4,000 or More:

  • The Arts Access and Advocacy Support: Involvement and enrichment through the arts inspires, engages and builds a positive community—it should be more accessible and supported in under-resourced Northeast Ohio communities.
  • Criminal Justice Education, Advocacy and Support - Advocacy and support for individuals and families navigating the criminal justice system should be available to all, especially to populations experiencing systemic racism in Northeast Ohio.
  • Adolescent Young Adult (AYA) Cancer Support - Access to innovative and population-specific cancer care should be available to all AYAs in Northeast Ohio in order to improve outcomes and quality of life for adolescents and young adults age 13-30.
  • Reproductive Health Education and Services Support - Access to routine, quality and respectful reproductive health services should be available to all individuals of any age in Northeast Ohio.

For additional information on these focus areas, see:

For Requests of $1,000 – $4,000 This smaller grants process is for unexpected and/or emergency expenses that arise for which you did not plan. Examples include:

  • Emergency funding for an organizational need
  • Capacity building (strategic planning, executive coaching, program evaluation, etc.)
  • Operating support
  • Funding new and exciting ideas you may have!

Types of Funding:

Day-to-day operations are vital to the programming that the Foundation's grantees deliver. Therefore, the Foundation encourages requests for general operating support to advance the work of individual organizations.

Although the Foundation encourages general operating support grants, it recognizes that nonprofits know best what types of funds they need. That being said, the Foundation awards grants for all of the following purposes:

  • Operating support (encouraged!)
  • Programmatic support
  • Advocacy
  • Capacity building, for both staff and board
  • Capital support, on a limited basis

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 173669

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Smaller grant requests of $1,000 – $4,000
- Grant requests of $4,000 or more

Term of Contract:

The Foundation recognizes that multi-year support allows organizations to better plan for their future and provides a level of long-term stability in their programming. Prior permission is not required to submit a multi-year request.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible for support, an organization must be:
- 501(c)(3) tax-exempt or operate under the fiscal sponsorship of a tax-exempt nonprofit
- Consistent with one or more of the grantmaking focus areas
- Operated and organized so that it does not discriminate in the hiring of staff or provision of services on the basis of race, religion, gender or gender identity, sexual orientation, age, national origin or disability.

The Foundation's grantees serve residents of Northeast Ohio, generally those residing in Cuyahoga and Lorain Counties. Requests from organizations that are located outside this area, yet serve the communities within these boundaries, will be considered.

The Foundation will not fund organizations that:
- Do not provide services to Northeast Ohio, or whose missions fall outside of the Foundation's focus areas.
- Have sectarian religious activity as a requirement for receipt of their programming
- Have foreign operations or expenditures
- Are fraternal societies
- Are local or national offices of organizations whose stated purpose is to combat a particular disease or family of diseases, other than adolescent and young adult cancer
- Are private foundations or public charities with a non-private foundation status of 509(a)(3). If you are unsure of your 509(a) status, please consult your tax adviser

In addition, the Foundation will not consider requests for:
- Individual scholarships, even if through an otherwise qualified organization
- Political campaigns or partisan lobbying
- Grants to individuals

Pre-Application Information:

For requests of $4,000 or more:
Winter/Spring 2022 grant cycle
- LOI due (by midnight): February 15, 2022
- LOI decisions notified by: March 30, 2022
- Grant applications due (by midnight): May 5, 2022
- Board decisions made: mid-June 2022

Summer/Fall 2022 grant cycle
- LOI due (by midnight): August 15, 2022
- LOI decisions notified by: September 30, 2022
- Grant Applications due (by midnight): November 4, 2022
- Board decisions made: Mid-December 2022

Grant requests of $4,000 or more:
These grants will follow the first step of submitting a Letter of Inquiry (LOI) via the online process. LOIs that closely align with the funding focus areas will be invited to submit a full proposal during one of the two grant cycles each year.

Requests of $1,000 – $4,000 may apply to the rolling deadline, where the typical turn-around time is about one month. Requests received by the 1st of each month will be reviewed and decided by the end of the month. Requests received after the 1st will be considered the following month.

Applicants can apply for one smaller, rolling grant and one large grant per year. Being approved for one type of grant will not affect your chances of being approved or declined with the other.

Application Instructions:
Application Process: Less than $4,000:
Application Process: More than $4,000:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

To Apply:

For questions, contact:
Bridget De Leon
Director of Grantmaking

The Char and Chuck Fowler Family Foundation
c/o Cornerstone Family Offices
5885 Landerbrook, Suite 300
Mayfield Heights, OH

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Ohio: Northeast Ohio, Cuyahoga, and Lorain Counties

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