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Grants to Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana Nonprofits for Programs to Strengthen Local Communities


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Foundation Office at Fifth Third Bank Grants

Foundation Office at Fifth Third Bank

Agency: Foundation

GrantWatch ID #161630

Grant Description

Grants to Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana nonprofit organizations in eligible locations for programs to strengthen local communities. Focus areas include the arts, education, health and human services, and community development. The Foundation will also support specific funding interests identified by each of the individual benefactors. Eligible applicants are located in the Greater Cincinnati region (Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky and Dayton).

The Foundation Office at Fifth Third Bank is committed to creating a greater impact on programs and initiatives that create strong, vibrant communities and provide pathways to opportunity.

Foundations Administered by The Foundation Office:

  • Charles Moerlein Foundation, Fifth Third Bank, Trustee - Supports charitable, scientific, literary or educational purposes.
  • Charlotte R. Schmidlapp Fund, Fifth Third Bank, Trustee - Supports initiatives that empower and assist women and girls in achieving self-sufficiency.
  • Eleanora C.U. Alms Trust, Fifth Third Bank, Trustee - Supports charitable and educational purposes for the City of Cincinnati, with a focus on the arts.
  • H.B., E.W. & F.R. Luther Charitable Foundation, Fifth Third Bank, Trustee -  Supports mainly environmental and historical preservation, and educational and arts organizations in the greater Cincinnati area, as well as named preferred organizations named in the trust document.
  • Helen G., Henry F., & Louise Tuechter Dornette Foundation, Fifth Third Bank, Trustee -  Supports nature and the conservation of nature’s beauty, as well as organizations that are beneficial to children, with a preference to organizations that Miss Dornette identified during her lifetime. 
  • Louis & Melba Schott Foundation, Fifth Third Bank, Trustee - Supports assistance to youth, with emphasis on youth of primary school through junior high school age, who are disadvantaged because of medical conditions, economic status, family background, or for other similar reasons. 
  • Patricia Kisker Foundation, Fifth Third Bank, Trustee - Supports organizations that benefit or serve children, and educational, musical or arts organizations, as well as organizations which Patricia Kisker supported during her lifetime.
  • Jacob G. Schmidlapp Trusts, Fifth Third Bank, Trustee - Supports charitable or educational purposes; for relief in sickness, suffering and distress; for the care of young children, the aged or the helpless or afflicted; for the promotion of education, and to improve living conditions.
  • Ohio Valley Foundation, Fifth Third Bank, Agent - Funds small equipment and capital improvement projects in the Ohio Valley.
  • Stillson Foundation, Fifth Third Bank, Trustee - Helps children and provides assistance to those charities the Stillsons supported during their lifetime.

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Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Nonprofit organizations that meet the following criteria are eligible to submit an LOI:
- Operate in the Greater Cincinnati Region (Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky and Dayton)
- Are designated under section 501(c)(3) and subsections 509(a)(1) or 509(a)(2) by the Internal Revenue Service
- Have not received a grant of $10,000 or more in the past two years from any of the foundations or trusts listed above.

Grant decisions are subject to the following administrative policies:
- Individuals are not eligible for grants.
- Individual churches and religious organizations are not eligible, though nondenominational programming administered by such organizations will be considered (e.g. food pantries, after school programs, housing initiatives, etc.).
- Publicly supported entities such as public schools, government or government agencies are not eligible.
- Public or private K-12 schools are not eligible.
-Supporting organizations designated 509(a)(3) by the IRS are not eligible for funding.
- Walks/runs, dinners, galas, luncheons and other event sponsorship requests are not eligible.
- Athletic, band, and other school booster clubs are not eligible.
- A waiting period of three years may be required for prior grant recipients receiving $10,000 or more from any funding source administered by The Foundation Office. This period will begin as of the first payment on the grant.

Grant funds received may NOT be used by a grantee for any of the following purposes:
(A) To carry on propaganda or otherwise attempt to influence legislation, to influence the outcome of a public election, or to carry on a voter registration drive.
(B) To make a grant that does not comply with Section 4945(d)(3) or (4) of the Internal Revenue Code (the “Code”) regarding grants to individuals for travel, study or similar purposes or grants requiring expenditure responsibility.
(C) As security or a source of payment for the debt services on municipal securities or repayments on municipal bonds.
(D) To fund or finance any activity for any purpose other than charitable or educational purposes stated in Code Section 170(c)(2)(B).

Additional Geographic Information:

The Greater Cincinnati Region, which includes Northern Kentucky, Cincinnati, and Dayton.

Pre-Application Information:

LOIs are accepted from October 1 – December 31. During this time, you may use the link below to access the LOI and annual invitation code. You will be asked to complete an eligibility quiz and, if eligible, will find the invitation code on the account log in page. Please write down the invitation code so you can use it throughout the process of submitting your LOI.

Grant Review Timeline
- Grantseekers should allow 6-12 months for the grantmaking process.
- January – March – LOIs are reviewed; responses are sent by March 31.
- April – September – Organizations with LOIs still under consideration are contacted regarding next steps (meetings, site visits, submitting a full application, etc.).
- October – December – LOI process opens for the following year.

Nonprofits may apply only once within any 12-month period.

Additional Funding Information:

Term of Contract:

In general, the Foundation prefers awarding grants for one year. In selected instances, The Foundation Office will accept requests for multiyear grants up to a maximum of three years.

Contact Information:

To submit a Letter of Inquiry:

For any questions, please contact the Foundation Office at

The Foundation Office
Fifth Third Bank
38 Fountain Square Plaza, MD 1090CA
Cincinnati, OH 45202

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