The Gannett Foundation launched A Community Thrives, its annual grant-making and crowdfunding program, on June 1 as part of the Gannett Company’s commitment to helping build stronger communities.
Gannett is the parent company of The Enquirer/Cincinnati.com. The Gannett Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Gannett. A Community Thrives supports nonprofit organizations’ projects focused on community building and has distributed more than $12 million in grants and donations since 2017.
Through A Community Thrives, nonprofit groups can raise money and compete for grants to accelerate projects and support operational needs. Last year, the Gannett Foundation provided more than $2 million in grants and helped participating nonprofits raise more than $3 million.
Since 2017, eight Cincinnati-area organizations have been awarded grants, totaling $163,500:
- 2020: Community Resource Center ($7,500), Last Mile Food Rescue ($10,000), Ohio River Foundation ($3,000) and Refugee Connect ($3,000) were awarded local operating grants.
- 2019: BBB Center for Ethics ($5,000), Adopt A Class Foundation ($15,000) and Lydia’s House Inc. ($20,000) were awarded local merit grants.
- 2018: Walnut Hills Redevelopment Foundation ($100,000) won a national grant.
How the program works:
- Participating nonprofits, in addition to municipal programs or entities, libraries and public schools, can submit applications to participate at https://acommunitythrives.mightycause.com.
- Gannett Foundation and A Community Thrives will review and then award:
- 16 national project grants (three $100,000 grants; seven $50,000 grants; six $25,000 grants).
- 100+ local operating grants (amounts vary; applicants that provide services in local Gannett communities and meet eligibility requirements are considered).
- Six top fundraiser grants (three large national nonprofits, three small nonprofits).
- Thirty-two weekly bonus challenge awards.
The month-long submission period runs through the end of June. A four-week crowd-funding period then runs from July 19-Aug. 13. Gannett expects to announce all grant recipients in late September.
“The Enquirer and Gannett are honored to help support organizations that do meaningful work,” Enquirer executive editor Beryl Love said. “It’s exciting to see great ideas to make our community come to life.”