Grants & Scholarships

Lakota Athletic Participation Fee Fund Scholarship

Lakota Fund

Scholarship Opportunities

Youth in Philanthropy

Community Health Fund

Community Grants Fund

*** Beginning with the October 2021 deadline, Community Grants Fund opportunities will expand to include organizations and programs serving communities throughout northern Cincinnati. The July deadline will follow existing eligibility guidelines.***

Christine Humphreys Impact Grant

Power of the Purse

scholarship recipient

The Community Foundation of West Chester/Liberty offers scholarship opportunities primarily for high school students pursuing post-secondary education after graduation. Additional scholarships with more limited eligibility are available to current/incoming high school students, non-traditional adult students, and current college students.

Scholarship application season generally begins Dec. 1 and most scholarship applications are due by mid-February. Occasionally, specific scholarships will have a longer application window; those current opportunities are linked below.  

For questions about Community Foundation scholarships please contact or call 513.682.8061


Lakota families looking for assistance with their children's athletic fees are encouraged to apply for grant consideration. A fund at the Foundation has been established by private donations to cover half of the athletic fee assessed to students participating in sports within Lakota Schools. 

This scholarship opportunity is for students in grades 7-12.  Families interested in submitting an application for consideration must submit an application (linked below) to the Foundation. A limited number of scholarships are available. Only one scholarship per student will be awarded in a school year. 


Deadlines for 2021-2022


Friday, August 27, 2021


Friday, October 29, 2021


Friday, January 7, 2022

Applications should be submitted to:

Northern Cincinnati Foundation
Attn: Lakota Athletic Participation Fee Fund
8897 Cincinnati Dayton Rd. 
West Chester, OH 45069
FAX (513) 874-5450

Christine Humphreys

About the Grant

Christine and Robert Humphreys were long-time West Chester residents and valued members of the community.  After the passing of her husband, Christine knew she wanted to make a greater impact in her community. She wanted her fund to support “parks, pets, and quality of life.” In 2017, Christine lost her battle with cancer.  We are honored to have been able to help Christine fulfill her charitable giving goals, and are grateful to be able to carry out her legacy in support of the causes that were closest to her heart. The Christine Humphreys Impact Grant will be awarded annually by the Foundation's board of directors to support projects and programs in West Chester and Liberty Township that align with the funding priorities listed below.

Funding Priorities

This grant does not support schools, youth organizations, or programs serving residents 18 years of age or younger.


  • Restore or improve existing parks and green spaces.
  • Create new parks or green spaces.
  • Engage citizens with the outdoors by supporting good stewardship and appreciation.


  •  Support no-kill animal shelters and foster programs.
  • Promote pet health through spay/neuter campaigns, medical equipment and supply purchases, emergency medical services, and education programs.
  • Create community dog parks.

Quality of Life

  • Increase citizen access to amenities such as libraries, arts organizations, entertainment, etc.
  • Encourage community health & wellness.
  • Support economic development and sustainability.

Eligibility & Limitations 


2021 Grant Dates & Deadlines

Interested applicants should contact to discuss a grant proposal by Friday, February 12, 2021

Final application deadline March 5, 2021



Lakota Schools logo

The Lakota Fund is a simple way to supplement educational opportunities for students and faculty. Lakota faculty may submit project proposals for materials or experiences their students need to learn at anytime throughout the year. All requested resources must be used to enhance the student’s educational experience.

If pondering whether a resource is eligible, simply ask yourself, “Would my students write genuine thank-you notes?” If so, the project is probably eligible. Resource(s) funded through Lakota Fund are considered "property of the classroom." As long as you teach at the same school, you should have control over the resource(s) for which you received funding. If you change schools, the resource(s) must stay.

The Lakota Fund also values furthering education for our faculty and staff to continually bring the latest educational techniques for our students. Workshop fees, books, guest speakers, science projects, student leadership opportunities, etc. may be funded by the Lakota Fund.

Requests are approved through Lakota Local Schools first, then forwarded to the Foundation for funding. Grant amounts are considered on a case by case basis. We encourage you to seek other grant opportunities to supplement your project if it is more than is able to be awarded through the Lakota Fund

If you are awarded a grant, you will be required to submit feedback on the impact of your project, thank-you letters or photographs of your project. Also, we ask that grant recipients share the news of your grant award at your building staff meetings and PTO meetings. A follow-up report is required 30 days after your project is completed.

The Lakota Fund does not fund salaries or college tuition. Your project must be implemented within one year your project was approved. 

Giving to the Lakota Fund

If you are a Lakota Schools Employee, we encourage your support of the Lakota Fund. 98% of every dollar raised for the Lakota Fund goes to support grant opportunities.  If you would like to make a donation through Payroll Deduction (for as little as $2 a pay period/ $24 a year) click here for the form.

Contributions to the Lakota Fund also make great appreciation gifts, retirement gifts, etc. for Lakota employees. 

How to Apply

Please contact Kim McGowan at Lakota Local Schools for application instructions. 

community health

COVID-19 Rapid Response Grants for West Chester/Liberty

The Community Foundation of West Chester/Liberty has established the Community Health Fund with the purpose of efficiently addressing local needs during the COVID-19 health crisis. We hope to not only be a financial resources, but conduit for collaboration by connecting needs and resources. Please consider donating at the link below. Every dollar counts and will be distributed locally. 


For questions about local needs or if your business or organization is looking to collaborate within West Chester/Liberty n response to Covid-19, please contact or call 513.682.8062



Grant applications for the Community Health Fund will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis. Applicants must be a 501c3 non-profit organization or other qualifying organization (schools, religious organizations) and funds must be used to serve the residents of West Chester & Liberty Township. 


Scholarship FAQs

How do I apply?
All applications must be submitted through SmarterSelect. The links below will direct you to each scholarship's application on SmarterSelect and you will be prompted to create an account upon first login. You will use this same account if you apply for other Foundation scholarships thereafter. If you are applying for multiple Foundation scholarships, MOST of your information will copy through each application. However, please carefully review every scholarship application. Some will require an additional letter of recommendation, and most have unique essay/short answer sections.

When will I know if I received a scholarship?
All applicants will be notified in writing via mail or email of the selection committees' decisions in April or May. Recipients also may be recognized at their school's Senior Awards Ceremony. Some scholarships have an interview component for finalists, as well. You will be contacted for an interview if this applies.

If I am selected for a scholarship, how do I receive the funds?
Scholarship checks are mailed directly to the recipient's college or university (or high school, for parochial school scholarships) to be credited toward tuition. If selected for a scholarship you will receive next-step instructions to receive your award.

I'm looking for scholarships for adults going back to school. Do you have any?
While we have very limited scholarships for adult learners at the Community Foundation, the information linked below from is a great resource!

Other questions or concerns?
Contact or call 513.682.8061

2021 Grant Application:
Deadline: 4/16

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The Community Grants Fund provides support to 501c3 nonprofit organizations located in or providing services to West Chester or Liberty Township. Please read the grant request instructions thoroughly and contact the Foundation with any questions at (513) 874-5450.

2021 Grant Deadlines
Spring Grant Cycle - March 5, 2021
Summer Grant Cycle - July 30, 2021  August 11, 2021
Fall Grant Cycle - October 1, 2021


How to Apply
Interested organizations should contact for instructions on how to apply. All grant requests will be submitted online through the SmarterSelect application portal; please plan to upload electronic copies of all supporting documentation.

We advise that you contact the Foundation upon submission to verify that your application was received at (513)874-5450.


Funding Priorities
The Community Foundation prioritizes grant requests that align with the three areas of focus identified by our 2017 Community Needs Assessment – education, transportation, and workforce development. There are three proposal deadlines throughout the year, listed below.  Applicants may submit for any of the 3 deadlines based on funding needs. For repeat applicants, this is a change from past years when each cycle had a specific focus on one of the three areas of need.


  • Enhance educational opportunities for K-12 students in West Chester/Liberty
  • Focus on improving K-3 reading proficiency
  • Foster community engagement and school-community partnerships with Lakota Local Schools
  • Address the widening achievement gap among students based on factors like socioeconomic status and race/ethnicity


  • Increase community accessibility for residents who do not drive, or do not have access to a car.
  • Provide micro-solutions to transportation barriers faced by key groups of citizens – the elderly, low-income, high school students.
  • Focus on the development of biking and walking trails that connect different sections of the community.


  • Develop workforce training programs based on local business needs, focusing on areas such as technical and manufacturing skills, to fill the growing number of available jobs in the area
  • Provide solutions to barriers, particularly among the hourly wage earners, that prevent individuals from obtaining and holding a job including lack of transportation, childcare, and other personal obstacles.


Eligibility & Restrictions
Eligible parties must be a tax-exempt 501c3 nonprofit organization as recognized by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), and must be located in or provide services in West Chester or Liberty Township.  100% of services for the project or program for which you are applying must take place in West Chester or Liberty Township to be eligible for funding through the Community Grants Fund.

Reporting requirements from previous grant awards received from the CFWCL must by fulfilled prior to submitting another grant request.

Organizations may only receive support through the Community Grants Fund once in a calendar year. If your initial application does not receive funding, you may resubmit the request in a subsequent grant cycle.

Other Limitations:

  •          Ongoing operations, overhead, operational deficits or debt reduction
  •          Endowments or scholarships
  •          Annual appeals, membership drives, or fundraising campaigns
  •          Sponsorship for events
  •          Partisan political advocacy or for lobbying purposes
  •          Organizations or projects that use grant funds to make grants to other organizations
  •          Raffles, bingo or gambling-related activities
  •          Programs that result in the duplication of services (collaborative efforts are strongly encouraged)


Evaluation Process
Grant requests are reviewed by a committee of Foundation board members, staff, and community volunteers, and voted on by the Community Foundation Board of Directors.
The evaluation process may include a site visit and/or phone interview. 

Power of the Purse logo

The Power of the Purse (POP) Fund is a women's giving circle dedicated to strengthening the community by providing grant funds to non-profit organizations serving the interests of women & children in West Chester and Liberty Townships. Members of POP work to educate and inspire others, and promote philanthropy among women in our community. 


2021 Meeting Dates

May 18th            Carriage Hill Clubhouse (program to be announced)

August 10th      Liberty Center Sabin Hall (Grant Applicant presentations)

December 7th   Wetherington Country Club (Annual Gala & Grant Winner Announced)

Youth in Philanthropy group

Youth in Philanthropy (YIP) is a program designed to introduce local high school students to philanthropy and community development. The program provides hands-on experience that benefits both the participating students and local charities. Students work in the community to raise money, build endowment funds, and make grants to non-profit organizations improving the lives of youth in our community. Engaging youth in philanthropy is an opportunity to prepare young people to be active, lifelong community citizens.

YIP awards small grants (up to $3,000) to support programs working to improve the lives of youth in the West Chester/Liberty Township area. Grants are reviewed by YIP members and awarded in late spring, at the end of each school year. 

Youth in Philanthropy accepts applications for new members in April/May. Applicants must be entering grades 9-12, live or attend school in West Chester of Liberty Township, and be able to make (at minimum) a twice-monthly commitment to attend YIP meetings and be an active participant of YIP. 

Follow Youth in Philanthropy on Facebook  and Twitter  to stay up to date!


Karen Gibbs, Director of Programs & Marketing, at 513.682.8061 or 

2021 Scholarships







  • Greg Lemmel Scholarship – deadline 2/15
    $1000 (renewable for 4 years)
    students graduating from St. Susanna Elementary and attending Bishop Fenwick High School 
  • Kyle Babcock Scholarship  - deadline 2/15
    students who will attend, or are currently attending, Bishop Fenwick High School



  • Susan Hendel Scholarship – deadline 2/15
    women 30 years of age or older who are returning to post-secondary education, or attending for the first time 

2021 Summer Event

Tuesday, August 10, 2021
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Liberty Center - Sabin Hall (Directions)

COST:  Dinner & Drinks  $35

PURSE RAFFLE: 1 ticket $5 each OR 5 tickets for $20

Please RSVP by Friday, August 6th

About the Event
The Summer Power of the Purse event is the next step to awarding the $10,000 grant for 2021. Grant finalists will present their proposals at our August meeting.  Following the presentations, members will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite grant applicant. (Your 2021 membership fee must be paid for you to vote.)  The grant will be presented at our Gala Event in December.



  1. Make a difference among women in the community by promoting volunteerism and philanthropy through our pooled resources.
  2. Encourage community among ourselves and those we serve
  3. Educate and increase awareness of local needs
  4. Encourage self-sufficiency and well-being among those in need
  5. Build a network that is a catalyst for positive change



2021 Power of the Purse Grant Application - DEADLINE 4/23/2021

Power of the Purse accepts grant requests for new or existing projects that focus of meeting the basic needs of food, shelter, or health care for women or children in West Chester and Liberty Township.

The POP Membership will review all proposals in April. Following a vote by the POP Membership, the top three organizations will be invited to present their proposal at the POP Summer Meeting.  The grant recipient will be announced at the Annual Grant Gala in December. 


Past Grantees:

2020 - EDGE Teen Center

2019 - Sleep in Heavenly Peace

2018 - PARACHUTE: Butler County Casa

2017- Family Promise of Butler County

2016 - Companions on a Journey Grief Support

2015 - Warm Welcomes Foster Care Outreach


Grant Requirements:

Eligible organizations must be a registered 501c3 organization. Grant Applicants must complete a grant application and provide both a financial program and organizational budget on or before the grant deadline.  One hundred percent of programming and services must be provided to resident in West Chester and Liberty Township, and focus primarily on meeting the basic needs of woman and children in our community.  An organization that has received a POP Grant may not apply for 3 years.


Membership Rights and Responsibilities

Annual dues are $100 and may be paid in one or two installments. Young professional memberships (age 21-26) are available for $50/year

All Power of the Purse Members are invited to attend all events (Woman’s Day, April meeting, August meeting and the Annual Gala in December) and any other Power of the Purse fundraising and/or networking events. Members are expected to fulfill any pledges made to the fund and to further the mission of the Power of the Purse by encouraging others to participate.



Karen Gibbs, Vice President, or 513.682.8061