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(2022 support)April 15, 2021 July 15, 2021
Arts & Culture(2022 support)August 16, 2021November 15, 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.