Bicknell Fund Grant

The Bicknell Fund

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Next deadline: Sep 1, 2020

Later deadlines: Apr 1, 2021

Grant amount: US $1,000 - US $30,000

Fields of work: Civic Affairs Humanities & Social Science Poverty Alleviation & Services Homelessness Services Health & Medicine Human & Social Services Art & Culture Vocational & Trade Education Special Needs Education Education - High School Show all

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Capital Project, Education / Outreach, Project / Program

Location of project: Counties in Ohio: Cuyahoga County, Geauga County, Lake County, Lorain County, Medina County Show all

Location of residency: Counties in Ohio: Cuyahoga County, Geauga County, Lake County, Lorain County, Medina County Show all

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About this funder:



The Bicknell Fund was formed for the purpose of promoting the well-being of mankind, and to that end to engage in such forms of charitable, benevolent, educational, scientific and research work as from time to time shall seem expedient to its trustees.

Grant History and Areas of Interest

Warren Bicknell, Jr., the eldest son of Warren and Anne Guthrie Bicknell, was born in September 1902 and grew up in Cleveland, Ohio. He married Kate Hanna Bicknell in 1931 and raised their family both in Cleveland and Thomasville, Georgia.

For a number of years, Mr. and Mrs. Bicknell had been regularly supporting several charitable and educational organizations. In the Fall of 1949, they established the Bicknell Fund to formalize and continue the philanthropic tradition of their families.

Mr. Bicknell passed away in 1975 and Mrs. Bicknell passed away in 1993. Over the years, other funding interests have been added reflecting the priorities of the Trustees.

Please note that a given grant may not be easily classified with these generic Support and Category types. However, we hope this information is useful.

Support Type

In recent years, grant types have been approximately:

  • 2/3 for Annual Operating,
  • 1/4 for Program Support and
  • the rest for Special Projects (i.e., Capital).

Most Annual Operating is for schools/organizations with an established relationship with the Bicknell Fund.

Category Type

The Bicknell Fund distributes roughly:

  • 65% of their grants to Health and Human Services,
  • 20% to Secondary, Vocational and Special Education,
  • 10% to Arts/Humanities, and
  • the rest to Public Affairs and Social Services.

Grant Guidelines


In general, one-half to two-thirds of our grants are made for Health and Human Services to help the homeless and disadvantaged in the Cleveland area. Roughly one-quarter of our grants are for Education.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Only qualified non-profit organizations, which are classified by the Internal Revenue Code as tax-exempt 501(c)3 organizations, are eligible for funding consideration.
  • The Fund supports only the local chapter of national institutions with broad public support.


  • The Bicknell Fund does not provide grants to:
    • individuals, 
    • organizations located outside the Cleveland, OH area,
    • fund endowments, or
    • for political advocacy.
    • The Fund does not distribute multi-year pledges.