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TOLEDO, OHIO, May 2, 2022 – The Board of Trustees of Greater Toledo Community Foundation (GTCF) approved plans for an Equity & Access Initiative in 2020 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 has committed grant funding toward this effort, and has awarded $262,480 in grants through two rounds of funding to 11 nonprofit organizations over the last year. At the March Board of Trustees meeting, the Board voted to commit an additional $300,000 over the next three years to local nonprofits from minority-led, smaller permanent staffed, novice and established nonprofits that incorporate a proactive grassroot approach to fund new and existing projects that align with the focus of the fund.

Then and now, GTCF invites community input relative to those needs and how the community can support projects that address the removal of barriers in one or more of four focus areas.   

Now entering the third round of grantmaking from this fund, the Foundation seeks proposals that address these focus areas:

  • 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 investing to support minority-led, smaller permanent staffed nonprofits that proactively implement a grassroot approach to their mission and work.

More information about GTCF’s Equity & Access Initiative Fund can be found at here.

The grant opportunity is open now for applications here through July 2, 2022. The GTCF Board will have the final determination of funding, with those decisions announced in late-September, 2022.

“Our hope is that by coming together, we can offer solutions to our community challenges in creative and inclusive ways,” said Keith Burwell, president, Greater Toledo Community Foundation.  “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,” he concluded. 

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