$800 – Public Service Recognition

Purpose: To recognize the talent and hard work of select civil servants and other public sector employees, as well as to recognize the outstanding service and commitment to community of high school and college students

$5,500 – Hamilton County – Office of the County Commissioner

Purpose: To provide an opportunity for a college student to gain first-hand experience working with the County Administrator’s Office of a large urban county

$2,000 – American Society for Public Adminstrators – Public Service Recognition Awards Banquet

Purpose: To acknowledge Public Administrators to take pride in their profession and acknowledge the contributions of their colleagues while highlighting the importance and dedication of the field

$2,500 – Center for Local Government – Leadership Academy

Purpose: To promote good government practices by providing training opportunities for Southwestern Ohio government professionals

$5,000 – YMCA of Greater Cincinnati Youth in Government Program

Purpose: To expose high school students to the history, structure, and operations of local government and to promote civic literacy and involvement in community service

$5,000 – Greater Cincinnati Educational Television Foundation (CET) – New American Neighbors: The Local Immigrant Experience

Purpose: To employ a multimedia approach to inform the general public about immigration in our region, put a face on the immigrant experience, and facilitate dialogue

$16,000 – Applied Information Resources – Promoting the Need and Potentials for Political Reform

Purpose: To continue and build on work to educate and organize diverse groups of citizens in Southwest Ohio about the possibilities of renewing the democratic process

$10,000 – Urban Appalachian Community Coalition – Community Engagement

Purpose: To host the 41st Appalachian Studies Association Annual Conference to help people of Appalachian background identify their needs and assets and bring them to public attention

$15,000 – Ohio Innocence Project – Criminal Justice Ethics & Education Video Series

Purpose: To produce a series of 10 videos on such topics as implicit bias, forensics, malleable memory, and eyewitness identification to teach officials new ways of thinking to make the criminal justice system more fair

$6,000 – Woman’s City Club of Greater Cincinnati – National Speaker Forum

Purpose: To bring Martha Raddatz, Chief Global Affairs Correspondent for ABC News to speak on U.S. foreign policy, and generate revenue to support the Club’s other activities and projects throughout the year

$3,000 – Village of Silverton, OH – Management Intern

Purpose: To provide a full-time internship to an African American college student, with the expectation that the internship will prepare the student for a career in government management and civic engagement

$15,000 – Contact Center – Voter Project

Purpose: To register inner-city residents of Cincinnati to vote and to follow-up with them to ensure they have access to the polls

$20,000 – Cincinnati Public Radio, WVXU – Local Political and Governmental Reporting

Purpose: To provide accurate, in-depth, nonpartisan coverage of government in the Cincinnati metropolitan area

$2,000 – Dohn Community High School – YMCA Youth and Government Conference

Purpose: To support student participation in the mock legislation sessions of the conference

$10,000 – Northern Kentucky University – Future Leaders Internship Program

Purpose: To provide the opportunity for 12 NKU students to work in various governmental capacities, including in the offices of State Representatives in the Kentucky General Assembly

$10,000 – Invest in Neighborhoods – Engaging the Whole Neighborhood

Purpose: To fund a 10-month workshop to help five community councils better engage the citizens they serve

$10,000 – Communities United for Action – People & Planet Coalition

Purpose: To engage Cincinnati residents to work with government officials to ensure that equitable solutions to sewer overflows and costs are developed

$5,000 – University of Cincinnati Foundation – Women of Color in Cincinnati

Purpose: To bring the stories of women of color in Cincinnati into public spaces to educate citizens about the daily challenges they face, engender empathy, and promote ways that those who view the exhibit can become involved with local organizations working to effect policy changes

$2,500 – Law and Leadership Institute – Public Sector Internships

Purpose: To provide internships to the 10th grade students who have enrolled in the Institute’s 4-year, law-based college preparatory program

$10,000 – Community Matters – Resident Leaders: Organizing for Unity in Lower Price Hill

Purpose: To build equity and strengthen local representation within the Lower Price Hill neighborhood through civic engagement, leadership development, and community organizing

$1,000 – Ohio Innocence Project

Purpose: To support OIP’s mission to free the actually innocent, wrongly convicted Ohio inmates and to advocate for criminal justice reforms, especially to prevent wrongful convictions

$7,500 – Beyond Civility – Communication for Effective Governance

Purpose: To improve the quality of local governance by helping civic leaders and citizens identify and overcome barriers to effective political discourse on such topics as the National Anthem, immigration, and political correctness

$5,000 – League of Women Voters – Updating Know Your Ohio Government

Purpose: To update the contents of the Know Your Ohio Government handbook, produced and distributed by the League of Women Voters so Ohio citizens can better understand and participate in state government affairs

$10,000 – League of Women Voters – Nonpartisan Voter Guides

Purpose: To create and distribute more than 100,000 printed copies of a nonpartisan guide to the November 2018 election issues and candidates in Hamilton County, and also to circulate this guide online in digital form

$10,000 – Greater Cincinnati Homeless Coalition – Saving Affordable Housing, Building Affordable Housing, and Ending Criminalization

Purpose: To advance community empowerment and citizen organizing initiatives, including affordable housing advocacy, organizing tenant associations, public education about the causes and symptoms of housing instability, and other efforts

$12,500 – Cincinnati Interfaith Workers Center – United We Win

Purpose: To advocate and organize both citizens and non-citizens to leverage local government resources for the prevention of family separation and unjust deportation of immigrant community members

$2,500 – League of Women Voters – Expanding the Electorate

Purpose: To produce and circulate up-to-date, multilingual voting information to new United States citizens at bimonthly naturalization ceremonies, and to be a resource for these first-time voter

$900 – Public Service Recognition

Purpose: To recognize the talent and hard work of select civil servants and other public sector employees, as well as to recognize the outstanding service and commitment to community of high school and college students

$15,000 – Invest in Neighborhoods – Cincinnati Neighborhood Summit 2019

Purpose: To convene active citizens, public officials, and community organizations for a day-long series of seminars, workshops, and presentations where Cincinnatians can learn, network, and collaborate to solve problems and improve their neighborhoods

$7,500 – Women’s Fund of the Greater Cincinnati Foundation – Appointed

Purpose: Increase female participation in local governance by providing women with the tools and knowledge needed to get appointed to and thrive on civic boards and commissions

$25,000 – Urban League of Greater Cincinnati – One Westwood

Purpose: To cultivate trust and respect among residents of Westwood and East Westwood through a series of community engagements to establish mutually shared goals for a stronger and more inclusive community

$5,000 – Girl Scouts of Western Ohio – Leadership Conference

Purpose: To engage participating Girl Scouts with female leaders and changemakers in a variety of fields, providing them with mentoring and education that will encourage them to become community leaders

$15,000 – Peaslee Neighborhood Center – Mobilizing a Grassroots Movement for Equitable Development

Purpose: To educate local citizens on political engagement within the Peaslee Neighborhood community through education, outreach, advocacy, and leadership development

$15,000 – Fair Elections Center – Cincinnati Campus Vote Project

Purpose: To reach underrepresented communities at colleges and universities to encourage voter registration and democratic engagement.