Application Guidelines

We are seeking requests that will move our mission forward: to help underserved individuals move toward self-sufficiency as well as provide opportunities for enrichment in the communities we serve.

Please read the following information prior to beginning an application for support.

The Reinberger Foundation Process

  • Always begins with a Letter of Inquiry using the online application.
  • You will find an eligibility quiz prior to accessing our application.
  • You will get an email confirmation that your application has been submitted.
  • We will respond to your Letter of Inquiry by one month from the deadline for that program area.
  • We will either request a Full Proposal or decline support.


  • Organizations must have a current 501 (c)(3) ruling from the IRS. In special circumstances, a religious organization or public entity may qualify.
  • Organizations must provide service within Ohio. We support Northeast Ohio with a focus on Cuyahoga County and Franklin County focusing on Columbus, Ohio.

Program Areas

Application opens 3 months prior to theĀ  deadline for the program area.

  • Arts, Culture & Humanities
  • Museums
  • Visual Arts
  • Performing Arts
  • Media and Communication
  • Arts Education
  • Zoos
  • Public Recreation
  • Education
  • Schools and programs that serve school age low income populations in and out of school time
  • Adult Education/Literacy
  • Workforce Development
  • Human Service
  • Housing Stability, including shelter and temporary housing
  • Food Insecurity
  • Family Violence


You may begin application 3 months prior to the application deadline for the program area.

Program AreaLOI Submissions BeginLOI Deadline
Education(2021 support)December 15, 2020March 15, 2021
Human Service(2021 support)Use New Application June 16, 2020 July 15, 2020
Arts & Culture(2021 support)August 17, 2020November 16, 2020

The Reinberger Foundation is moving to a new application process
beginning with Human Service 2021.

Priority will be given to those organizations that have received our support in the past 5 years. If The Reinberger Foundation has not made a grant to your organization in the past 5 years we would like a conversation with you prior to application. Contact Karen Hooser at (216) 292-2790 to discuss your request or email [email protected]

In general, organizations will only be awarded one grant in each calendar year.

Full Proposal

  • Our request for a Full Proposal will allow you 1 month to prepare and submit.
  • Response to the Full Proposal will be approximately 45 days from the submission deadline.
  • Grantseekers invited to submit a Full Proposal will be provided the appropriate information regarding deadlines and content.

To begin, create an account, take our brief eligibility quiz and submit a Letter of Inquiry.