Local nonprofits can apply for Gannett Foundation grants

Nathan Law

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’ […]

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. 
A Community Thrives

How the program works:

  1. Participating nonprofits, in addition to municipal programs or entities, libraries and public schools, can submit applications to participate at https://acommunitythrives.mightycause.com.
  2. 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.
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