February Grant Highlights

A family playing together at Edgewater Park with Cleveland skyline in background
Photo © Rob Muller

We’re pleased to announce $5.5 million in February grants to organizations serving Lake, Geauga and Cuyahoga County residents! Learn more about a few of the organizations and efforts we supported last month:

Promoting the health and wellness of local youth

Our $200,000 grant to United Way of Greater Cleveland supports wraparound services at two Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD) investment schools. The wraparound strategy provides direct, comprehensive services to students and families at the schools to address their educational, physical, social and emotional needs.

We also supported the Ronald McDonald House of Cleveland with a grant of $123,855 to improve technology and staffing infrastructure that will better serve families with children who are experiencing a serious health issue.

And, our $146,459 grant to Achievement Centers for Children (ACC) will assist ACC in acquiring North Coast Therapy Associates to increase important services to children and teens with disabilities.

Programs and services for area seniors

We granted $25,000 to Roots of American Music to strengthen its presence in the Hough neighborhood by bringing traditional music programming, entitled Musical Connections: Neighborhood Heroes, to seniors and children.

As demand for nursing home memory care is projected to increase substantially in coming years, our $68,880 grant to the Jennings Center for Older Adults will help the organization implement evidence-based dementia care standards of practice for staff serving patients in its Memory Care Units.

As other seniors are utilizing alternative care models to age in place, our $180,000 grant to Rebuilding Together Northeast Ohio supports the design and implementation of a sustainable program to provide home modifications and handyman services to senior homeowners in Greater Cleveland, helping seniors live safely in their own homes for as long as possible.

Resources for homeless families and individuals

Our February support includes a $90,000 grant to the Westside Catholic Center, which has helped those in need of food, clothing, shelter and advocacy for nearly 40 years. We’re supporting their work to implement a new case management software platform to help track the number of people the organization serves and manage volunteer outreach.

Our February support also includes $25,000 to Western Reserve Community Development Corporation for their merger with New Directions for Living, which provides transitional housing to homeless families in Lake County.

Environmental engagement and access to green spaces

Our February grants also include $1,500 to City Parks Alliance for a forum and learning exchange among Cleveland parks stakeholders – including city park agencies, nonprofit organizations, policymakers and neighborhood advocates – with the goal of gaining insights into how to better activate and design local park space for healthier communities.

A $15,000 grant to the Foresight Design Initiative (FDI) will support a summer immersion experience for three CMSD high school students. The grant will support scholarships for the students to attend a pre-college summer program at Oberlin focused on environmental sustainability and equity, as well as a four- to six-week paid internship that will give the students opportunities to observe and carry out meaningful work, while exploring potential careers in the field of sustainability.

Stay tuned! We’ll be taking a deeper look at a few of these grants in upcoming blog posts. Sign up for our monthly e-newsletter to follow our grantmaking throughout the year!