Founded in 1952, the George Gund Foundation is deeply committed to advancing human welfare in the greater Cleveland region.
To that end, the foundation welcomes proposals from Cleveland-based organizations in the following categories:
Climate and Environmental Justice — Grants will be awarded to organizations working to address environmental issues in Northeast Ohio, including organizations that develop and advocate for public policy on climate change and clean energy, transportation, water, and air, as well as organizations that work to mitigate climate change by promoting sustainable land use, the creation of accessible green spaces in Northeast Ohio, and environmental justice.
Creative Culture and Arts — Grants will be made in support of local projects that enhance learning, strengthen pride of place, create an emotional connection to the environment, and deepen the impact of opportunities for those who might otherwise be denied them. The foundation supports the Cleveland Metropolitan School District’s plan to help students realize their full creative and intellectual potential through rich artistic experiences.
Public Education — Grants will be awarded in support of efforts to ensure that every child in Cleveland attends a high-quality school and every neighborhood has a multitude of great schools from which families can choose. The foundation also supports advocacy for sound and consistent statewide policy that furthers its work and mitigates the effects of poverty on learning.
Thriving Families and Social Justice — The foundation invests in growth and development opportunities for historically marginalized people at critical life junctures, such as pre-natal and early childhood, adolescence, young adulthood, and when entering the workforce or forming a family. It also supports public policies aimed at reducing poverty, strengthening family economic stability, and securing equitable access to basic human needs such as food, shelter, and health care, especially primary, behavioral, and reproductive.
Vibrant Neighborhoods and Inclusive Economy — Grants will be awarded in support of efforts to achieve inclusive growth and opportunity for all of Cleveland’s neighborhoods and residents and to eliminate barriers through collaborative economic and community development efforts, including advocacy for policy change.
The foundation has identified global climate change, inequality and racial equity, and threats to democracy as three overarching issues across all of its grantmaking priorities.
To be eligible, applicants must be tax exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, a governmental unit or agency, a local education agency, or a library.