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Grants to Ohio Nonprofits and Agencies to
Improve the Quality of Life in Eligible Areas

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Grants to Ohio nonprofit organizations and government agencies to improve the quality of life in eligible locations. Funding is intended to support services and programs across a broad range of areas. Requests may be submitted for initiatives related to education, healthcare, basic human needs, housing, the environment, and programs benefiting disadvantaged groups. Eligible organizations benefit the lives of residents in the Greater Cleveland area.

Applications may be submitted for the following funds: 

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 in Cuyahoga County. For further information, see

Legacy Village Lyndhurst Community Fund

The purpose of the Legacy Village Lyndhurst Community Fund is primarily to support philanthropic and other charitable purposes in Lyndhurst its contiguous communities and the South Euclid-Lyndhurst public schools. It is the intent of the funds to primarily benefit the South Euclid-Lyndhurst Public Schools and various programs and not-for-profit organizations serving the residents of the City of Lyndhurst and its contiguous communities.

Sally and John Morley Family Fund

Fund’s Mission Statement: The Morley Family fund focuses its support on U.S.-based organizations striving to achieve significant systemic change in the area of mental health and/or at the intersection occurring among two or more of the following areas: education, health, the environment and socioeconomically disadvantaged populations.

Systemic Impact and Prevention Focus:

Focus on organizations providing services or doing research that provide or enable long-lasting, systemic and/or prevention benefits to their target populations (i.e. solutions with long-term impacts rather than providing short-term necessities such as food and clothing) and organizations/areas in which the fund’s giving can make an impact.

Thatcher Family Fund 

Focus is food, clothing, shelter, and medical care for the neediest people in the Cleveland area.

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GrantWatch ID#: 179277

Estimated Size of Grant:

Higley Fund: Grants typically range from $10,000 to $25,000.

Legacy Village Lyndhurst Community Fund: The fund will award multiple grants ranging from $250 to $5,000.

Sally and John Morley Family Fund (Systemic Impact and Prevention Focus): Grants will typically range from $5,000 to $50,000.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Cleveland Foundation's scope of activities is limited to organizations that carry an IRS designation of 501(c)3 - Public Charity and government agencies.

The Foundation generally does not make grants to:
- Individuals
- For-profit/commercial organizations
- Endowment campaigns, annual appeals or membership drives
-Religious organizations for religious purposes
- Travel for individuals or groups when travel is the proposal’s primary focus
- Community services such as police and fire protection, road repair or snow removal
- Staff positions for government agencies
- Capital projects for hospitals, nursing homes or institutions of higher education
- Publications, audiovisual projects or video productions. However, consideration may be given when they fall within a promising project.

Pre-Application Information:

- Higley fund: March 1, Aug. 1
- Legacy Village Lyndhurst Community Fund: March 1, Aug. 1
- Sally and John Morley Family Fund (Systemic Impact and Prevention Focus): Aug. 1
- Thatcher Family Fund: March 1, Aug. 1

Sally and John Morley Family Fund: Proposals are accepted by invitation only.

The application will be a one-step process, meaning there will not be a separate inquiry submission. You will be notified of the grant award or decline after the board meeting for the fund to which you have applied.

An important message to the Foundation's nonprofit partners:
The Foundation understands the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting nonprofits in many ways. The Cleveland Foundation is here to support nonprofit partners across Cuyahoga, Lake and Geauga counties. In addition to funding available through the Greater Cleveland COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund, the Foundation continues to accept grant inquiries through the regular grantmaking process. Please note that the Foundation has temporarily adjusted some of the grantmaking practices and reporting requirements in response to the crisis. To learn more:

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

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If you have questions or need additional information about a specific fund, please email Cleveland Foundation Grants Management at

Cleveland Foundation
1422 Euclid Avenue, Suite 1300
Cleveland, OH 44115

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