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.


Each year the Trustees hold two distribution meetings: in June and in November. The deadline for proposal submission is April 1st and September 1st, respectively.


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.

In addition, the Fund supports only the local chapter of national institutions with broad public support.

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.