The George Gund Foundation was established in 1952 as a private, nonprofit institution with the sole purpose of contributing to human well-being and the progress of society.
As part of our grant evaluation process, we ask that applicants provide insight into their thoughts and actions around the three overarching issues we have highlighted:
Inequality and racial equity
Threats to democracy
The George Gund Foundation considers program-related investments (PRIs) in nonprofit ventures and capital grants. The Foundation limits capital grants for construction or renovation to projects that seek U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification. The Foundation’s goal in requiring organizations that apply for capital grants to adopt green building principles is to encourage and support the development of green buildings in Greater Cleveland for their environmental, health and economic benefits.
Applications for capital grants should submit:
Letter signed by the board chair or CEO confirming registration of the project with USGBC’s LEED program and stating the organization’s commitment to adopt green building principles and pursue the appropriate level LEED certification.
A preliminary LEED checklist showing potential points towards certification.
Designation of a “green champion” for the project—a person who has the appropriate authority within the organization to shepherd the integrated design process from project conception to completion. This staff person or volunteer is the institutional champion for designing a green building and is involved in all aspects of project planning.