Grant Eligibility | Deaconess Foundation
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Deaconess Foundation makes grants to 501(c)(3) organizations located in Cuyahoga County and doing work that is aligned with the mission,

Deaconess Foundation provides resources to increase the ability of individuals in Cuyahoga County with the least wealth and opportunity to prepare for, obtain, and maintain employment. Deaconess Foundation is a collaborative partner in philanthropic efforts that strengthen the human services sector in Cuyahoga County.

Applications are submitted through our grants dashboard and only accepted from those organizations that have met with DF staff and received approval to apply. To schedule an initial conversation, please contact Program Officer Lissy Rand at or 216/741-4077.

DF makes grants for:

  • Program or Project Support
  • Capital Support
  • General Operating Support – for organizations that embody DF’s mission in their entirety. General operating support grants are undesignated and can be used for any organizational expense.
  • Mission Outreach Support – available to United Church of Christ (UCC) churches located in Cuyahoga County only. These grants encourage and support mission outreach activities. Further guidelines can be found here.

DF does not make grants for:

DF does not make grants for:

  • Underwriting sponsorships for benefits, events, workshops or seminars
  • Endowment