Grantmaking Highlights

We believe grants of all sizes can make a difference. Each year, we authorize about 3,000 grants to meet community needs. Following are just a sample of the grants made in 2013 in four of the areas in which we focus:


Economic and Community Development Institute (ECDI)

The Cleveland Foundation helped bring the Columbus-based ECDI to Cleveland in 2012.  This $400,000 grant is to continue this organization’s efforts to provide smaller loans to residents hoping to launch their own business.

Westside Industrial Retention and Expansion Network (WIRE-Net)

$255,000 to support programs to accelerate the growth of core city manufacturers.

Downtown Cleveland Alliance

$300,000 to support the group’s efforts to sustain a safe, thriving downtown Cleveland.

Ohio Aerospace Institute

$7,500 for its 2013 FIRST Robotic competition.   

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Teach for America

$600,000 to help fund Year Three of Cleveland’s program, supporting 200 Corps members who are deployed in area schools.

United Way

$100,000 to provide comprehensive social services and resources to meet the needs of families and students as part of the agency’s “wrap-around” strategy.


$350,000 to expand a variety of its academic and family engagement programs.


$200,000 to support the agency’s successful Stepstone Academy in Cleveland’s Central neighborhood.

Nature Center at Shaker Lakes

$50,000 for its Place, Programs, and Partnership program.


Cleveland Public Theatre (CPT) 

$200,000 to help bring to scale CPT’s Teatro Publico de Cleveland project, which focuses on cultivating actors to reflect the diverse audiences of Greater Cleveland.  This is part of the Cleveland Foundation’s Engaging the Future program to assist local arts organizations to work creatively to build audiences of the future.


$80,000 to further develop its DanceAdvance Team Project to invite “non-attenders” to have a first-time dance experience, as part of the Cleveland Foundation’s Engaging the Future program.

Cleveland Play House 

$150,000 to support a creative audience development model focused on youth and family education, as part of the Cleveland Foundation’s Engaging the Future program.

Julia de Burgos Cultural Arts Center

$28,000 for strategic planning and capacity building.


Care Alliance

$500,000 to support construction of a new health clinic in the Central neighborhood.

Cleveland Foodbank

$250,000 to help grow its Mobile pantry to more efficiently deliver donated produce to underserved areas in Cleveland and the suburbs.

Case Western Reserve University’s School of Dental Medicine

$200,000 to help fund improvements to its 45-year-old Community Dental Clinic, including the addition of computer technology.

Adoption Network Cleveland

$47,875 to support a public policy initiative to create equal access to original birth certificates for all adult adoptees born in Ohio.

West Side Community House

$12,000 for a social media planning and implementation project.

Recent Grants

Lists do not include designated grants, donor-advised grants, or grants made by supporting organizations. See all Foundation grants lists and financial statements or you can search grants.