The Johnson Foundation

Creating meaningful Change through thoughtful Grantmaking

Application Information

The mission of the Johnson Foundation is to support and strengthen nonprofit organizations in the Greater Cincinnati and Greater Roanoke regions through thoughtful grantmaking. Our efforts are focused on the following service areas:


Traditional Grants to Nonprofit Organizations:

Urban Affairs: The Foundation is committed to serving nonprofits whose organizations contribute to the vibrancy of Cincinnati’s urban core, with a special focus on community engagement and community development projects.

Animals/Animal Welfare: The Foundation supports local nonprofit organizations that promote the care, conservation and prevention of cruelty to animals. 

  • Grant applications for these funding areas are accepted by invitation only, and are evaluated on a quarterly basis.

  • Interested organizations may submit an initial letter of inquiry online HERE.

  • View funding considerations and eligiblity criteria HERE.

  • For additional information regarding grants to nonprofit organizations, please contact us.


Grants to Individuals:

Civic Engagement/Community Development Grants to Individuals: The Foundation awards grants to individuals through People’s Liberty for projects focused on civic engagement and community development. All inquiries related to individual grants should be directed to People's Liberty. Information about applying for individual grants can be found HERE.




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