August grant highlights

Man in wheelchair uses ramp to access building

Our board of directors approved $2.2 million in grants for the month of August. Thanks to the generosity of our donors, our August grants will help fund a variety of programs and initiatives across Greater Cleveland. Check out these highlights:

Accessibility for individuals with mobility challenges

Nearly 13% of Americans have mobility disability, and this is forecasted to grow as the baby boomer population ages. Maximum Accessible Housing of Ohio (MAHO) promotes accessible housing solutions for people with mobility challenges, including physically disabled and elderly populations. Our August grants include $126,000 to MAHO to build capacity at its Anderson Center for Accessible Living, which provides education and training activities to help consumers find appropriate accessibility features in living spaces for individuals with mobility issues.

Capacity-building at local arts organizations

Our $2.2M in August grantmaking includes grants to support capacity-building at local arts organizations, including Beck Center for the Arts, DANCECleveland and Heights Arts. We’re excited to help these organizations expand their vital work in the Greater Cleveland community!

Music performances in houses of worship

The Charles H. Teare and Clifford K. Kern Music Fund of the Cleveland Foundation was established to provide artists’ fees for organ recitals and performances at local churches, temples and music venues. A $28,400 grant from the fund will support music performances at five local churches, including The Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, Church of the Covenant, Immaculate Conception Church, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, and Music and Art at Trinity Cathedral, Cleveland.

College degrees for adult learners

Did you know? Nearly one in four Cleveland residents attended some college without earning a degree. These individuals expended financial resources without gaining the full financial and social benefits of a college degree. Our $10,000 to College Now Greater Cleveland will help fund its membership in the Graduate! Network, a collection of cities that work to increase the number of adults completing college by aligning existing resources and organizations in the public, private and independent sectors; removing barriers and creating new pathways for adults to earn a college degree.

Resident engagement in the Cleveland Central Promise Neighborhood initiative

Our August grantmaking continues our support for the Cleveland Central Promise Neighborhood (CCPN) initiative with a $60,000 grant to the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland to help strengthen resident engagement in the initiative. In an effort to improve outcomes for children in Cleveland’s Central neighborhood, the CCPN initiative unites community and organizational partners through shared metrics and results-based accountability in focus areas of early learning, K-12 educational access and achievement, college and career access, and resident engagement and leadership.

A more visible community presence for Neighborhood Family Practice

For more than 30 years, Neighborhood Family Practice (NFP) has provided high-quality affordable healthcare to individuals and families on Cleveland’s west side. We’re continuing our long-time support of NFP with a $65,000 grant to help it expand its reach and visibility among the often isolated and vulnerable populations its community health centers serve.

These are just a few of the causes and organizations we’re supporting through our grants in August. You can stay up-to-date on the latest news from the foundation, including monthly grantmaking announcements and behind-the-grant stories, here on our blog!