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 2014 in four of the areas in which we focus:


In Q4 2014, we directed $400,000 to MAGNET and $325,000 to WIRE-Net to help launch a program from the two organizations – the Urban Growth Agenda – that will promote the growth of 25 promising local small- to medium-sized manufacturing companies and, thus, retain or create jobs focused in the urban core of Cleveland. The program will seek to create an apprenticeship consortium, starting with six employers who will work together to create apprenticeship slots. The program also will work with Max Hayes High School to develop three pre-apprenticeship pathways that clearly direct into apprenticeship pathways.

Little boy at Cleveland Childrens MuseumEDUCATION

The Cleveland Foundation board of directors approved $1.05 million in Q4 2014 to continue its support of programs that further the Cleveland Plan for Transforming Schools:

  • $350,000 to Cleveland Metropolitan School District to fund two key strategies: expansion of the district’s Office of Portfolio Planning, Growth and Management and redesign of the district’s five career centers to better prepare students for available technical careers in the Cleveland community. 
  • $200,000 to Stepstone Academy to support the charter school’s successful model, which combines a rigorous academic curriculum, a blended learning approach and wraparound social services. The Cleveland Foundation has funded Stepstone since its 2012 launch in Cleveland’s Central neighborhood by Guidestone, a local mental health and social service agency. In just a few years, Stepstone has produced impressive gains in student achievement and reports high levels of student attendance and parent involvement. 
  • $500,000 to Teach for America to recruit, select and train incoming corps members, build teaching and leadership skills of current corps members, and engage local alumni in Cleveland-based school reform efforts. The Cleveland Foundation helped bring Teach for America to Cleveland in 2011; currently, 145 corps teachers work in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District and charter schools. Approximately 90 percent of current corps teachers will reach their student achievement benchmarks.


Three grants, totaling $1.25 million, were granted in Q4 2014 to further expand the foundation’s Encore Cleveland initiative, which seeks to channel the time, energy and talents of experienced Clevelanders into solving community challenges and filling unmet needs.

  • $948,300 to BVU: The Center for Nonprofit Excellence to implement an Encore Cleveland Fellowship program, with a goal of recruiting and placing 40 fellows over the next three years in paid, time-limited engagements with local nonprofit organizations.
  • $199,000 to Fairhill Partners to create an evidence-based chronic disease management program to impact the health outcomes of vulnerable seniors. This grant will engage, train and deploy up to 60 low- to moderate- income adults ages 50-plus as lay leaders to deliver peer health education focused within the Greater University Circle neighborhood.
  • $104,512 to Benjamin Rose Institute to engage experienced artists ages 50-plus to provide creative programming for Cleveland’s seniors. Approximately 30 art professionals, who may include artists, art/music teachers or art/music therapists, will be recruited and trained to provide high-quality visual and performing arts activities customized for older adults with limited resources. The programs will be hosted at City of Cleveland sites such as recreation centers and assisted living centers.


A total of $650,000 to Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland was authorized in Q4 2014:

  • $400,000 to sustain support for Cleveland Peacemakers Alliance. The alliance was formed in 2007 through efforts of the Cleveland Foundation and others to create a model of mentoring and outreach to youth gang members and at-risk youth. This grant will help fund more than a dozen additional outreach workers to help the alliance continue to meet its goal to decrease violence within Cleveland’s neighborhoods by reducing the number of altercations by youth with guns and improving participants’ risk avoidance behaviors.

  • $250,000 to assist Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland in expanding its arts programming at all of its sites and to move one West Side site, Walton School, from part-time to full-time status. This grant will enable Walton School to nearly double the number of students served and to increase the number of youth engaged in arts programming by 15 percent.

  • $335,000 to Esperanza, Inc. to extend core programming to reach a growing Hispanic population in Cleveland. The grant will support the organization’s recent successful efforts to increase graduation rates, college entry rates, grade point averages and Ohio Graduation Test scores among local Hispanic students.

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.