Current Grant

2016 Pre-application will begin in January, 2016

In an effort to make our funding process consistent with the overall marketplace, we are moving to a calendar year grant funding cycle. Therefore, the 2016 Pre-Application process for Basic Needs, Workforce Development and Education categories will begin in January, 2016.

Please check back in the Grants section of the UBF website,, for more information regarding the 2016 Pre-Application process. UBF will host its annual Grantsmanship Workshop in January, 2016 to provide applicants the opportunity to ask detailed questions prior to application submission. Detailed date and location information will be posted on this site in coming weeks.

For additional information, please contact Celeste Terry at or 216.566.9263.

Definition and Purpose

The primary purpose of the United Black Fund of Greater Cleveland is to increase access to funding and strengthen the capacity of organizations and agencies serving Black and poor communities. Highest priority is given to programs that provide greater access for people who are economically disadvantaged and underserved. Of particular interest to the Fund are applications that specifically address the needs of low-income children and youth, families, older adults and people experiencing some form of disenfranchisement.

Funding Priorities

Basic Needs – Funding for programs/projects that provide assistance to those who have some emergency need (s) growing out of a crisis situation. Programming should be focused on restoring the person/family to an acceptable level of functioning by assisting with food, shelter, clothing, personal items, health needs, or transportation. Funding is not limited to those items listed, they are provided as a guide.

Workforce Development – Funding for programs/projects that assist individuals to return or enter the workforce. Special emphasis is given to programs that serve those who have little or no connection to the job market, including those who have been previously incarcerated. Job readiness training, record expungement, transportation, and skill specific training/placement, including soft skill development, are among the services that will be considered for support.

EducationFunding for programs/projects should emphasize early childhood development programs, middle school and high school program, college preparation/academic mentor programs. Programs should reflect a strong commitment to education and access for low income and underserved populations. Educational programs should enrich participants’ lives by including activities that lead to a change in knowledge, skill or level of appreciation rather than one-time events such as attending a show or visiting a cultural institution. Arts education should provide programming that provides participants with the expertise that furthers their training and enhances their education and self-development.


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