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 City of Cincinnati through thoughtful grantmaking. Our efforts are focused on the following service areas:

Traditional Grants to Nonprofit Organizations:

Community Development and Civic Engagement: The Foundation is committed to serving nonprofits whose organizations contribute to the vibrancy of Cincinnati’s urban core, with a special focus on programs dedicated to equity and inclusion. 

  • 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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