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

    We ask that you apply not more than 3 months prior to the application 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


    We ask that you apply not more than 3 months prior to the application deadline for the program area.

    Program AreaLOI Submissions BeginLOI Deadline
    Education(2020 support)December 15, 2019March 15, 2020
    Human Service(2021 support)On HoldUse New Application
    July 15, 2020
    Arts & Culture(2020 support)Use New ApplicationNovember 16, 2020

    The Reinberger Foundation is moving to a new application process beginning with Human Service 2021. Please do not apply at this point. New application will be available mid-June 2020.

    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 phone conversation with you prior to application. Contact Karen Hooser at (216) 292-2790 to discuss your request.

    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, take our brief eligibility quiz and submit a Letter of Inquiry.