Thomas J. Emery Memorial Grant

Greater Cincinnati Foundation

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Grant amount: Unspecified amount

Next deadline: Aug 1, 2019 (Full proposal)

Later deadlines: Dec 1, 2019 (Letter of inquiry), Feb 1, 2020 (Full proposal), Jun 15, 2020 (Letter of inquiry)

Applicant type: Nonprofit

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

Location of project: Dearborn County, Indiana, Counties in Kentucky: Boone County, Campbell County, Kenton County, Counties in Ohio: Butler County Show all

Location of residency: Dearborn County, Indiana, Counties in Kentucky: Boone County, Campbell County, Kenton County, Counties in Ohio: Butler County Show all

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About The Greater Cincinnati Foundation

One of the nation’s leading community foundations, The Greater Cincinnati Foundation helps people make the most of their giving to build a better community. We believe in the power of philanthropy to change the lives of people and communities. As a community foundation, GCF creates a prosperous Greater Cincinnati by investing in thriving people and vibrant places. An effective steward of the community’s charitable resources since 1963, the Foundation inspires philanthropy in eight counties in Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana. At the end of 2015, GCF had net assets of $533 million.

The Thomas J. Emery Memorial

The Emery Memorial was founded by Mary M. Emery on April 20, 1925 as a not-for-profit corporation under the laws of the State of Ohio.

Thomas J. Emery (1830-1906) and his wife Mary M. Emery (1844-1927) were prominent Cincinnati philanthropists who generously supported local cultural and educational institutions.

Thomas Emery was an industrialist and real estate developer who made significant contributions both literally and figuratively to the building of Cincinnati. Mary Emery, whose generosity earned her the title “Cincinnati’s Lady Bountiful,” provided the inspiration and capital to build the model Village of Mariemont.

Purpose of The Emery Memorial

The Last Will and Testament of Mrs. Emery states that “[T]he general purpose of this Memorial shall be to secure a citizenry which shall be more sane, sound and effective because of more satisfactory initial conditions of environment and education.” The Memorial will be used for the “physical, social, civic and educational betterment” of individuals.

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  • The Memorial makes grants which enhance the lives of Greater Cincinnati citizens by improving their social, cultural, educational, civic and physical conditions.
  • Applicants must have an IRS determination as a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization.
  • In most cases, organizations must be located in the Greater Cincinnati area (Hamilton, Butler, Clermont and Warren counties in Ohio; Boone, Campbell and Kenton counties in Kentucky; and Dearborn County in Indiana.)
  • The Memorial generally supports capital and program needs.
    • A limited number of grants are made for operating support, endowments, and selected federated campaigns.
  • In most cases, an organization must wait 24 months after final payment of a grant or decline of a request before it is eligible to reapply.


  • The Memorial usually prefers to participate along with other donors in the support of a specific project. 


  • The Memorial will not provide continuing operational support to a grantee.
  • Ordinarily, grants are not awarded to individuals, taxing authorities or political subdivisions, or for conferences, or as loans.