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Cincinnati organizations to award $150K in grants to promote literacy

Posted at 5:00 AM, Jan 09, 2018

CINCINNATI -- Several organizations will provide $150,000 in grants to nonprofits that support literacy in low-income neighborhoods in Greater Cincinnati.

The Greater Cincinnati Foundation, Duke Energy Foundation, WCPO and the Scripps Howard Foundation will award $100,000 to a nonprofit that helps children develop literacy skills through pre-K. A grant of $50,000 will be given to a finalist.

The program must be ongoing, serve low-income families and foster relationships with parents.

The foundations will invite 10 nonprofits to complete a full application on Jan. 31 after reviewing letters. Those applications will be due Feb. 21, and five semi-finalists will be announced on March 13. Site visits will take place the week of March 19.

Winners will be announced during the 65th Annual Scripps Howard Awards Show on April 19 at Memorial Hall.

Applicants must be:

  • A nonprofit with a 501(c)(3) status that serves children and their families living in poverty from birth through pre-Kindergarten. Hamilton, Clermont, Butler or Warren counties in Ohio; or in Boone, Kenton or Campbell counties in Kentucky.
  • The nonprofit may not be a grant-making agency.
  • Eligible nonprofits can submit their letter of intent for grant consideration on the Scripps Howard Foundation’s website. The deadline to apply is Jan. 24.