Additional Programs

UBF also provides Grantsmanship, Workshops and Informational Forums to the public, free of charge. We continue to forge new alliances with people that share a commitment to informing and educating the community on issues affecting their daily lives.


Priority Funding Initiative
$5-10k Grant Award

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.


Priority Funding Initiative
$5-10k Grant Award

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.


Priority Funding Initiative
$5-10k Grant Award

Funding for programs/projects should emphasize early childhood development programs, middle and high school programs and college preparation/academic mentor programs.

Programs should reflect a strong commitment to education and access for low income and under-served 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 programming should provide participants with the expertise that furthers their training and enhances their education and self-development.

The Timothy L. Tramble, Jr. (TJay) Memorial Scholarship Fund was established in 2019 to honor his life and memory by providing financial assistance to disadvantaged individuals enrolled in Tri-C, Cleveland State University, Central State University or any Historically Black College or University (HBCU).

Education is the foundation to wealth building and financial security. The Timothy L. Tramble, Jr. (TJay) scholarship fund will help bridge funding gaps and reduce college debt. In both cases, award recipients are better positioned to successfully pursue a college degree and thereby set the foundation for a stable financial future. Ultimately, this fund aims to elevate individuals to a standing where they too can help others reach their full potential.

2021 Grant Seekers

We are updating our Grant Application process for 2021. A LOI (Letter of Inquiry) will replace the Pre-Application, and is available below for grant seekers to complete. Full application is now also available.