About Transform Cincinnati
Q1. Why is this initiative needed?
A. Cincinnati has a rich legacy of people who have invested in significant community programs. Transform Cincinnati wants to extend that legacy and build on the momentum to make Cincinnati one of the top 10 places to live, work, play and stay.
Q2. Who is funding Transform Cincinnati’s work?
A. Transform Cincinnati is funded by private investment with administrative support from Uptown Arts.
Q3. Why not let an existing organization that already has an infrastructure, such as the Haile Foundation, Greater Cincinnati Foundation, or United Way lead this process?
A. This is a unique approach because Transform Cincinnati is not a funder. Rather, Transform Cincinnati will connect bold new ideas requiring investments of up to $10 million with individuals in the community who have the ability to fund them. We have received input from each of these organizations and they support this effort.
Q4. Will Transform Cincinnati fund organizations, or just specific projects?
A. Transform Cincinnati is working to discover transformational projects and connect them with potential investors. While projects may be submitted by existing organizations, they also may come from a collaboration of multiple organizations, from quasi-government entities, or from individuals not affiliated with a specific organization. Some may even come from partnerships involving for-profit entities looking to develop the social capital of our region.
Q5. Do you expect to do this again in the future?
A. Yes. We hope to do this annually.
Application and Review Process
Q6. Does the project have to be in the City of Cincinnati proper (vs. surrounding communities)?
A. Projects need to be transformative to the Greater Cincinnati community, which includes the eight-county region surrounding the city (Butler, Clermont, Hamilton, and Warren counties in Ohio; Dearborn County, Indiana; Boone, Campbell, and Kenton counties in Kentucky).
Q7. Who will select finalists for presentation?
A. Transform Cincinnati will review applications with a team of consultants and a panel of community leaders. The strongest ideas will move to the final presentation stage.
Q8. How will the finalists present their ideas?
A. Finalists will have the opportunity to present their ideas in person to potential funders, within a defined structure that is under development. Check back for further updates over the summer.
Q9. Can multiple organizations team up to submit a single idea?
A. Organizations are certainly encouraged to partner, if they feel that strengthens their project.
Q10. Can an individual or organization submit more than one idea?
A. Yes, certainly. However, we would encourage applicants to focus on quality versus quantity.
Q11. Who owns the idea after it is presented?
A. The presenting organization retains the idea, however we cannot promise confidentiality of the idea. If an idea moves forward through the process, it may be shared publicly.
Q12. How will successful applicants be informed? What about those that are not successful?
A. We will notify all applicants of their status and/or next steps by letter or email. The first round of notifications will go out the week of July 6.
Q13. Has Transform Cincinnati identified specific priorities?
A. Our priority is enhancing the Greater Cincinnati community by encouraging current and emerging funders to become engaged with bold, transformative projects. We have no specific disciplines, projects or areas that we are emphasizing.
Q14. How do you define significant impact?
A. Successful projects will improve the pulse and vitality of the Greater Cincinnati community, furthering our unique attributes and attraction as a desirable place to be.
Q15. Can you share the areas that you consider to be bold, game-changing or transformative?
A. We see transformational projects as any large-scale initiatives that make Cincinnati a better place to live, work, play and stay. A broad range of disciplines that includes all sectors serving Greater Cincinnati from education, housing, jobs, the arts, health, etc., are eligible. We are looking for bold solutions and creative ideas. Some ideas may be broad; others may be deep. Our goal is to increase the social return on investments, whether these investments are philanthropic, social enterprises or profit-making ventures. How a funder invests is up to them.