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Fuel Cincinnati is a non-profit accelerator that identifies innovative young professionals and ignites innovative projects. The goal is to provide start-up support to organizations and individuals who are focused on building stronger communities and making Greater Cincinnati a great place to live, work and play.

The Propellant

Fuel Cincinnati microgrants range from $250 to $2500.

Fueling Fuel Cincinnati

Fuel Cincinnati is a program of Give Back Cincinnati, the region’s largest young professional organization. In 2009, a group of Give Back volunteers wanted to provide funding for promising local initiatives. With support from the Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, Jr. Foundation, the Mayerson Foundation and a great team of volunteers, this idea transformed from a scribble on a napkin to a living organization that ignites great local ideas.

The Quest

Fuel Cincinnati is always on the lookout for fresh and innovative ideas, developed either for or by young professionals–ages 18 to 40–in Greater Cincinnati. Fuel Cincinnati focuses on funding projects inclusive of one or more of the following four core areas:

Education • Community Building • Environment • Diversity


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Against The Grain Scholars (ATGS)

“Every person that I've ever dealt with who is involved with Fuel Cincinnati has been extremely supportive and encouraging to our organization. It is an incredible group of folks who care deeply about the altruistic development of the Cincinnati community.”
- Michael Patrick Farrell, Jr., Executive Director of Against the Grain Scholars, Fuel Cincinnati Grantee

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For more information on any of the fueled ideas below, click HERE.

  • Nevertheless, Inc.
  • Buena Vista Park Rehabilitation and Beautification (Brighton Center)
  • Hilltop Stories
  • Cincinnati Cares
  • MORTAR (OTR Urban Entrepreneurship)
  • Project Uncaged (Breaking Out of Silence)
  • Avondale Block Party
  • Vision Camp (EGGI)
  • Reading Corner Makeover (UC Reach out and Read)
  • Youth Leadership Summit (Center for Holocaust & Humanity Education)
  • Aphasia iPad Initiative
  • Place from Space
  • Paramount Building Identity Project
  • Growing Value Nursery
  • Five Points Alley Biergarten
  • Against the Grain Scholars
  • Ascend
  • Create Your Dream Workshop
  • ArchiNATI
  • Garden of the People
  • Permaculture Certification
  • Cincinnati Storytellers
  • Super Capes for Kids

  • Covington Street Art Movie
  • Devou Back Country Trails (Nature Trail)
  • Little Big Night
  • NOM (Night Owl Market)
  • OTR Experiences Map
  • Teaching Sustainability Through Art
  • Project Activate
  • Young Professionals' Choral Collective of Cincinnati (YPCC)
  • WordPlay
  • Mill Creek Floating Wetlands
  • Cincy Biodiesel Initiative
  • Cincy Coworks
  • Girl Develop It
  • Daily Dole
  • Ecological Stewardship
  • HP4K (Hockey Players for Kids)
  • Kicks for Hope
  • OTR Summer Celebration
  • Hundred Dollar Club
  • Conservatunes
  • Cincy Passport

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“Every person that I've ever dealt with who is involved with Fuel Cincinnati has been extremely supportive and encouraging to our organization. It is an incredible group of folks who care deeply about the altruistic development of the Cincinnati community.”
- Michael Patrick Farrell, Jr., Executive Director of Against the Grain Scholars, Fuel Cincinnati Grantee

"Fuel Cincinnati is all about opportunities. We provide an opportunity for Cincinnati's brightest young minds to improve their city by removing the biggest obstacle to their success: funding. My favorite thing about being part of Fuel Cincinnati: seeing those opportunities become realities."
- Mike Shepka, Fuel Cincinnati Executive Board Member

“Fuel Cincinnati is providing our dreamers, innovators and young philanthropists the opportunity to make difference in the Cincinnati region, while drumming up support and interest from other city lovers.”
- Maggie Brennan, Fuel Cincinnati Advisory Board Member

  • Year Fuel Cincinnati began: 2009
  • Number of paid employees: ZERO!
  • Range of ages served by Fuel Cincinnati projects: 18–40 years
  • Range of micro grant award amounts: $250–$2500
  • Number of total ideas funded: 44 as of October, 2014
  • Total money awarded: $44,300 as of October, 2014
  • Number of executive board members: 17
  • Number of advisory board members: 9
  • Number of supporting subcommittees: 3
  • Percentage of committee members who are volunteers: 100%
  • Number of times the executive board meets per year: 12
  • Number of projects reviewed in 2014: 34 as of October, 2014
  • Number of attendees at Fuel the Fire 2014: 157
  • Number of projects presented at Fuel the Fire 2014: 5
  • Total money awarded at Fuel the Fire 2014: $3,000


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