Grant Guidelines

The Abington Foundation seeks to partner with non-profit organizations that serve primarily low-income populations in Cuyahoga County.

Our Primary Focus

EDUCATION: The Foundation has a central focus on programs that advance and transform urban education, as well as programs to promote literacy and to provide access to quality early childhood education.

Additional Interests

PATHWAYS TO ECONOMIC INDEPENDENCE: The Foundation supports programs that move individuals and families along pathways to economic independence, including job readiness, access to employment, family stability, financial literacy and technology training for careers in the future economy.

HEALTHCARE: The Foundation focuses on programs that increase access for elderly and other vulnerable populations.

CULTURAL ACTIVITIES: The Foundation supports many local cultural institutions and historic landmarks in Greater Cleveland, especially those providing education programming and school residencies that support learning and social-emotional development.

Geographic Focus
Proposals will be accepted from organizations based in Cuyahoga County. Proposals from organizations located outside of the region will be considered only if invited by a Trustee.

Type of Support
Priority will be given to requests for specific programs or projects. Organizations are discouraged from submitting requests for endowment, sponsorships, seminars or general operating support.

Donors’ Interest
Preference will also be given to organizations and activities that were supported by the founders, David Knight Ford and Elizabeth Brooks Ford, during their lifetimes.