Grants & Scholarships

Lakota Athletic Participation Fee Fund Scholarship

Lakota Fund

Power of the Purse

Scholarship Opportunities

Youth in Philanthropy

Community Health Fund

Community Grants Fund

Christine Humphreys Impact Grant

About the Grant

2022 Christine Humphreys Impact Grant: 
Deadline: October 7th

For questions or to discuss your proposal please contact

group of people with check

The Community Grants Fund provides support to 501c3 nonprofit organizations located in or providing services to communities in the northern Cincinnati region. Please review grant deadlines and instructions below.

2022 Grant Deadline - March 4, 2022
Grants from this fund are typically awarded in amounts ranging from $2,000 up to $20,000. 

How to Apply
Interested organizations should contact for instructions on how to apply. All grant requests will be submitted online through the SmarterSelect application portal; please plan to upload electronic copies of all supporting documentation.

We advise that you contact the Foundation upon submission to verify that your application was received at (513)874-5450.

Eligibility & Restrictions
Eligible parties must be a tax-exempt 501c3 nonprofit organization as recognized by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), and must be located in or provide services in the northern Cincinnati region. 

Reporting requirements from previous grant awards received from the Northern Cincinnati Foundation (previously, the Community Foundation of West Chester/Liberty) must by fulfilled prior to submitting another grant request.

Organizations may only receive support through the Community Grants Fund once in a calendar year. If your initial application does not receive funding, you may resubmit the request in a subsequent grant cycle.

Other Limitations:

  •          Ongoing operations, overhead, operational deficits or debt reduction
  •          Endowments or scholarships
  •          Annual appeals, membership drives, or fundraising campaigns
  •          Sponsorship for events
  •          Partisan political advocacy or for lobbying purposes
  •          Organizations or projects that use grant funds to make grants to other organizations
  •          Raffles, bingo or gambling-related activities
  •          Programs that result in the duplication of services (collaborative efforts are strongly encouraged)


Evaluation Process
Grant requests are reviewed by a committee of Foundation board members, staff, and community volunteers, and voted on by the Northern Cincinnati Foundation Board of Directors.

The evaluation process may include a site visit and/or phone interview.


Lakota families looking for assistance with their children's athletic fees are encouraged to apply for grant consideration. A fund at the Foundation has been established by private donations to cover half of the athletic fee assessed to students participating in sports within Lakota Schools. 

This scholarship opportunity is for students in grades 7-12.  Families interested in submitting an application for consideration must submit an application (linked below) to the Foundation. A limited number of scholarships are available. Only one scholarship per student will be awarded in a school year.



Paper applications can be submitted to:

Northern Cincinnati Foundation
Attn: Lakota Athletic Participation Fee Fund
8897 Cincinnati Dayton Rd. 
West Chester, OH 45069

OR emailed to:




August 27th


November 15th


March 15th


Christine Humphreys

The Christine Humphreys Impact Grant was established in 2017 by a generous legacy gift left to the Northern Cincinnati Foundation by Ms. Humphreys upon her passing. She wanted to support parks, pets, and quality of life initiatives in area, and we are honored to be able to carry out Ms. Humphreys' legacy in support of the causes that were closest to her heart. The Christine Humphreys Impact Grant will be awarded annually by the Foundation's board of directors to support projects and programs in northern Cincinnati that align with the funding priorities listed below.

Grant proposals may be for any amount up to $40,000. 


  • Restore or improve existing parks and green spaces.

  • Create new parks or green spaces.

  • Engage citizens with the outdoors by supporting good stewardship and appreciation.


  • Support no-kill animal shelters and foster programs.

  • Promote pet health through spay/neuter campaigns, medical equipment and supply purchases, emergency medical services, and education programs.

  • Create community dog parks.

Quality of Life

  • Increase citizen access to amenities such as libraries, arts organizations, entertainment, etc.

  • Encourage community health & wellness

  • Support economic development and sustainability.


Eligibility & Restrictions

  • 501c3 nonprofit, or other charitable class, as determined by the IRS

  • Services must be provided to communities in the northern Cincinnati region - generally, the area north of SR 562 and south of SR 63

  • Applicants may not have received a Christine Humphreys Grant within the past 2 years

  • Proposals must align with the stated grant priorities. 

We cannot fund:

  • Operational deficits or debt reduction

  • Endowments funds or scholarships

  • Annual appeals, membership drives, or fundraising campaigns

  • Sponsorship for events

  • Partisan political advocacy or for lobbying purposes

  • Programs or projects that result in duplication of services - collaborative grants at encouraged!

  • Organizations or projects that use grant funds to make grants to other organizations

  • Raffles, bingo or gambling-related activities


Lakota Schools logo

The Lakota Fund is a simple way to supplement educational opportunities for students and faculty. Lakota faculty may submit project proposals for materials or experiences their students need to learn at anytime throughout the year. All requested resources must be used to enhance the student’s educational experience.

If pondering whether a resource is eligible, simply ask yourself, “Would my students write genuine thank-you notes?” If so, the project is probably eligible. Resource(s) funded through Lakota Fund are considered "property of the classroom." As long as you teach at the same school, you should have control over the resource(s) for which you received funding. If you change schools, the resource(s) must stay.

The Lakota Fund also values furthering education for our faculty and staff to continually bring the latest educational techniques for our students. Workshop fees, books, guest speakers, science projects, student leadership opportunities, etc. may be funded by the Lakota Fund.

Requests are approved through Lakota Local Schools first, then forwarded to the Foundation for funding. Grant amounts are considered on a case by case basis. We encourage you to seek other grant opportunities to supplement your project if it is more than is able to be awarded through the Lakota Fund

If you are awarded a grant, you will be required to submit feedback on the impact of your project, thank-you letters or photographs of your project. Also, we ask that grant recipients share the news of your grant award at your building staff meetings and PTO meetings. A follow-up report is required 30 days after your project is completed.

The Lakota Fund does not fund salaries or college tuition. Your project must be implemented within one year your project was approved. 

Giving to the Lakota Fund

If you are a Lakota Schools Employee, we encourage your support of the Lakota Fund. 98% of every dollar raised for the Lakota Fund goes to support grant opportunities.  If you would like to make a donation through Payroll Deduction (for as little as $2 a pay period/ $24 a year) click here for the form.

Contributions to the Lakota Fund also make great appreciation gifts, retirement gifts, etc. for Lakota employees. 

How to Apply

Please contact Kim McGowan at Lakota Local Schools for application instructions. 

community health

COVID-19 Rapid Response Grants

The Northern Cincinnati Foundation established the Community Health Fund with the purpose of efficiently addressing local needs during the COVID-19 health crisis. We hope to not only be a financial resources, but conduit for collaboration by connecting needs and resources. Please consider donating at the link below. 100% of your donation will be used to help local nonprofits responded to the pandemic. In future, any remaining donations will be used to support health-related community initiatives.




Grant applications for the Community Health Fund will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis. Applicants must be a 501c3 non-profit organization or other qualifying organization (schools, religious organizations) and funds must be used to serve the residents of northern Cincinnati communities. 

Contact or call the Foundation at 513-874-5450 to inquire about funding.

The Northern Cincinnati Foundation offers scholarship opportunities for local high school seniors pursuing post-secondary education. Additional opportunities with more limited eligibility are available for current & incoming high school students attending tuition-based private schools, as well as adults returning to school.

Scholarships applications for the 2023/2024 school year will begin to be posted in early December. Additional opportunities will be released as they become available.

The deadline for most scholarships is 11:59 PM on Friday, February 17th. 
If a scholarship has a different deadline, it will be listed next to the application link. 

Power of Purse logo

The Power of the Purse (POP) Fund is a women's giving circle dedicated to strengthening the community by providing grant funds to non-profit organizations serving the interests of women & children in the northern Cincinnati region. Members of POP work to educate and inspire others, and promote philanthropy among women in their communities. 

2022 Holiday Gala & Grant Presentation

Tuesday, December 6th 
Wetherington Golf & Country Club

Dinner $45 (cash bar)
Designer Purse Raffle $5 each OR 5 for $20

Enjoy dinner, drinks, and holiday cheer!
Learn more and register: 

Please join us for the Power of the Purse Annual Holiday Gala & Grant Presentation! The evening will feature our popular Designer Purse Raffle, holiday entertainment, and the presentation of our 2022 $10,000 Power of the Purse Grant. 

The 2022 Power of the Purse Grant finalists are:

  • Focus on Youth Inc. – Behavioral Health Program
  • MomsHope, Inc. – MomsHope: Mentoring & Support for Low-Income Single Mothers
  • Pink Ribbon Girls, Inc. – Simply Fight (SF)TM / No Age No Stage (NANS) TM


Save the Date for our 2023 Events

March 7, 2023 – Women’s Day Event

May 9, 2023 – Spring Meeting/ Grant Applicant Review

August 8, 2023 – Summer Meeting/ Grant Finalist Presentations

December 5, 2023 – Holiday Gala/ Presentation of the $10,000 Grant

Scholarship FAQs

How do I apply?
All applications must be submitted through SmarterSelect. The links below will direct you to each scholarship's application on SmarterSelect and you will be prompted to create an account upon first login. You will use this same account if you apply for other Foundation scholarships thereafter. If you are applying for multiple Foundation scholarships, MOST of your information will copy through each application. However, please carefully review every scholarship application. Some will require an additional letter of recommendation, and most have unique essay/short answer sections.

When will I know if I received a scholarship?
All applicants will be notified in writing via mail or email of the selection committees' decisions in April or May. Recipients also may be recognized at their school's Senior Awards Ceremony. Some scholarships have an interview component for finalists, as well. You will be contacted for an interview if this applies.

If I am selected for a scholarship, how do I receive the funds?
Scholarship checks are mailed directly to the recipient's college or university (or high school, for parochial school scholarships) to be credited toward tuition. If selected for a scholarship you will receive next-step instructions to receive your award.

I need to renew an existing multi-year scholarship. Where do I do that?
If you are the recipient of a renewable scholarship, please contact for a link to submit your renewal application. 

Other questions or concerns?
Contact or call 513.682.8061

Youth in Philanthropy group

Youth in Philanthropy (YIP) is a program designed to introduce local high school students to philanthropy and community development. The program provides hands-on experience that benefits both the participating students and local charities. Students work in the community to raise money, build endowment funds, and make grants to non-profit organizations improving the lives of youth in our community. Engaging youth in philanthropy is an opportunity to prepare young people to be active, lifelong community citizens.

YIP awards small grants (up to $3,000) to support programs working to improve the lives of youth in the West Chester/Liberty Township area. Grants are reviewed by YIP members and awarded in late spring, at the end of each school year. 

Youth in Philanthropy accepts applications for new members in April/May. Applicants must be entering grades 9-12, live or attend school in West Chester of Liberty Township, and be able to make (at minimum) a twice-monthly commitment to attend YIP meetings and be an active participant of YIP. 

Follow Youth in Philanthropy on Facebook  and Twitter  to stay up to date!


2023 Scholarships


  • Hoody Memorial Scholarship 
    graduating seniors at Lakota East and Lakota West
  • Northern Cincinnati Foundation Scholarship
    $1000 (2)
    graduating senior; resident of Butler, Warren, or Hamilton County
  • Fund 6800 Surviving & Thriving Scholarship 
    $500 (4)
    graduating senior at Lakota West or Butler Tech who has been impacted by a cancer diagnosis
  • Matt Stratman 6 Scholarship for High School Football Players 
    graduating senior Football Player at Lakota West High School
  • Matt Stratman 27 Scholarship for Male High School Lacrosse Players 
    graduating senior Lacrosse Player at Lakota West High School
  • Dr. Masood & Shakila Ahmad Scholarship  
    graduating seniors from any high school in the Greater Cincinnati area
  • Julia Ellen Burnett Scholarship 
    graduating senior living in Mason, West Chester or Liberty Township 
  • Jordan Day Scholarship  
    $1000 (up to 2)
    graduating senior student athletes on the Lakota East Women's and Men's golf teams
  • Harold Draut Scholarship  
    graduating seniors at Lakota East and Lakota West
  • Karen Moeller Memorial Scholarship
    deadline: 3/25
    $1500 (2)
    graduating seniors at Lakota East and Lakota West
  • Alicia Esther Lang Memorial Scholarship  
    graduating seniors from Lakota East or Lakota West
  • Pete's List of Excellence in History & Government 
    $400 (2)
    graduating senior from Lakota East or Lakota West
  • Kristin Renneker Scholarship 
    $2000 (2)
    female graduating senior athletes from Lakota East and Lakota West
  • Jessica Ann Siegel Scholarship
    graduating seniors from Lakota East 
  • Shayna Smith Scholarship
    $1000 (up to 2)
    Lakota West graduating senior attending college to pursue a science degree
  • Dana Spangler Memorial Scholarship
    female graduating senior from Lakota East who demonstrates financial need
  • Tide Cleaners Scholarship
    graduating senior from any high school in Butler County, including homeschool students
  • Ezekiel "Zeke" Stepaniak Memorial Scholarship
    male graduating seniors from Lakota West planning to pursue a degree in the field of creative design



  • Northern Cincinnati Foundation Scholarship 
    $1000 (2)
    graduating senior, resident of West Chester or Liberty Township, demonstrate financial need
  • Fund 6800 Surviving & Thriving Scholarship
    $500 (4)
    graduating senior at Lakota West or Butler Tech who has been impacted by a cancer diagnosis
  • Dr. Masood & Shakila Ahmad Scholarship  
    graduating seniors from any high school in the Greater Cincinnati area
  • Julia Ellen Burnett Scholarship 
    graduating senior living in Mason, West Chester or Liberty Township 
  • Dunaway Family Scholarship  
    up to $10,000 (renewable for up to 4 years)
    graduating seniors at Mason High School
  • Bob & LewAnn Lawhorn Education Fund Scholarship 
    4 years of full undergraduate tuition to the University of Cincinnati
    graduating seniors from Norwood High School 
  • Logan Pence Scholarship 
    graduating senior from Monroe High School attending Eastern Kentucky University
  • Tide Cleaners Scholarship 
    graduating senior from any high school in Butler County, including homeschool students



  • Greg Lemmel Scholarship
    $1000 (renewable for 4 years)
    students graduating from St. Susanna Elementary and attending Bishop Fenwick High School 
  • Kyle Babcock Scholarship
    students who will attend, or are currently attending, Bishop Fenwick High School




  1. Make a difference among women in the community by promoting volunteerism and philanthropy through our pooled resources.
  2. Encourage community among ourselves and those we serve
  3. Educate and increase awareness of local needs
  4. Encourage self-sufficiency and well-being among those in need
  5. Build a network that is a catalyst for positive change



The annual Power of the Purse grant application will be available in Spring 2023

Power of the Purse accepts grant requests for new or existing projects that focus of meeting the basic needs of food, shelter, or health care for women or children in northern Cincinnati. 

The POP Membership will review all proposals in April. Following a vote by the POP Membership, the top three organizations will be invited to present their proposal at the POP Summer Meeting.  The grant recipient will be announced at the Annual Grant Gala in December. 


Past Grantees:

2021 - Family Promise

2020 - EDGE Teen Center

2019 - Sleep in Heavenly Peace

2018 - PARACHUTE: Butler County Casa

2017- Family Promise of Butler County

2016 - Companions on a Journey Grief Support

2015 - Warm Welcomes Foster Care Outreach


Grant Requirements:

Eligible organizations must be a registered 501c3 organization. Grant Applicants must complete a grant application and provide both a financial program and organizational budget on or before the grant deadline.  One hundred percent of programming and services must be provided to residents in northern Cincinnati region, and focus primarily on meeting the basic needs of woman and children.  An organization that has received a POP Grant may not apply for 3 years.


Membership Rights and Responsibilities

Annual dues are $100 and may be paid in one or two installments. Young professional memberships (age 21-26) are available for $50/year

Pay your 2022 dues of $100 here: 

All Power of the Purse Members are invited to attend all events (Woman’s Day, April meeting, August meeting and the Annual Gala in December) and any other Power of the Purse fundraising and/or networking events. Members are expected to fulfill any pledges made to the fund and to further the mission of the Power of the Purse by encouraging others to participate.



Karen Gibbs, Vice President, or 513.682.8061