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TOLEDO, OHIO, June 7, 2021 – The Board of Trustees of Greater Toledo Community Foundation (GTCF) is providing a funding opportunity for local nonprofit organizations as part of its Equity & Access Initiative. The Equity & Access Initiative Fund was created to proactively address the concerns raised by communities that are disproportionately impacted by inequity and lack of access in the Greater Toledo area.

The Foundation seeks proposals that address a variety of areas including advocacy, economic development, employment and nonprofit capacity. Local nonprofit organizations which are located in and providing services for residents of northwest Ohio or southeast Michigan may apply for funding, and the Foundation is especially interested in collaborative proposals that leverage multiple partners’ expertise.

The grant application process calls for a Letter of Intent describing the proposed project and detail of how it meets the priorities of the fund. A select group of projects will be invited to submit full proposals then for consideration. The GTCF Board will approve final funding recommendations and grantees will be notified of their awards in mid-April, 2022.

All nonprofit organizations, from small capacity nonprofits, grassroots associations and established nonprofits, are encouraged to apply for funding for new and existing projects that align with the focus of the fund. Through The Center for Nonprofit Resources, GTCF is offering a series of virtual webinars in late June and early July to explain the grant opportunity and how to apply. There will be several small focused group discussions (invitation only) and one open for public registration. The session open to the community will be held on July 7, 2021, 5pm-5:45pm. Registration is required. Those interested can register here.

Details about the Equity & Access Initiative and process to apply for a grant are detailed here.

“Our efforts as they relate to equity and access for marginalized groups in northwest Ohio are being more formalized, and will continue to support the Foundation’s ongoing mission of creating a better community and achieving sustainable prosperity for all people across our region,” states Keith Burwell, president of Greater Toledo Community Foundation.

“Our hope is that by coming together, we can offer solutions to our community challenges in creative and inclusive ways,” said Keith. “We will continue to hold ourselves accountable to help heal and connect our community. And we will continue to work with others to build a livable, equitable and just community – where everyone feels safe,” Keith concluded.

About Greater Toledo Community Foundation
Greater Toledo Community Foundation is a public charitable organization created by citizens of our community to enrich the quality of life for individuals and families in our area. In existence since 1973, the Foundation has more than 900 funds with assets of approximately $377 million. The Foundation provides philanthropic services for individuals, families, businesses and corporations to meet their charitable giving needs. For more information about Greater Toledo Community Foundation, visit or follow us on Facebook and LinkedIn.

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