February Grant Highlights

A group of Bloom Bakery chefs stand in kitchen
Photo: Bloom Bakery

We’re excited to share a few highlights from our recent grants to organizations serving residents of Cuyahoga, Lake and Geauga counties. These February grants focus support on Health & Safety, Human Services and Arts & Culture.

Health and Safety

$120,000 to American Red Cross, Greater Cleveland Chapter to expand Operation Save-A-Life in the Slavic Village and Clark-Fulton neighborhoods. Entering its second year, Operation Save-A-Life provides disaster preparedness education, smoke alarm installation and home evacuation planning.

$200,000 to OhioGuidestone to expand the PLAY project, a national evidence-based early intervention program for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). PLAY evaluates each child’s unique needs and teaches caregivers how to relate to their child with ASD. This grant will also allow OhioGuidestone to be a fully developed testing center for ASD.

$50,000 to St. Vincent Charity Medical Center to support the Intensive Outpatient Transportation Program which provides Rosary Hall clients door-to-door transport from their homes to addiction treatment and mental health services. Recognizing that a lack of safe and reliable transportation is the largest barrier for people seeking treatment at Rosary Hall, our grant will provide at least 2,500 trips for low-income clients.

$70,000 to A Vision of Change, Inc. to support Community Health Hubs – pop-up health clinics at nontraditional locations such as bodegas, houses of worship and other community meeting spaces in Cleveland’s Glenville neighborhood – designed to address racial inequities in health outcomes by improving coordination between clinical care and public health.

Human Services

$150,000 to Towards Employment Inc. to continue supporting their social venture, Bloom Bakery. Our grant will contribute to Bloom’s career opportunities for residents with barriers to employment by financing worker training, operational support and marketing expenses.

$200,000 to The Literacy Cooperative of Greater Cleveland to develop contextualized curriculum and evaluate the effectiveness of two generational and neighborhood literacy practices focused on families and additional career pathway literacy initiatives.

$45,000 to Senior Citizen Resources, Inc. to create the Old Brooklyn Virtual Village, a digital platform that will allow seniors to connect to vetted resources, one another, and a system of volunteerism through web-based and application interfaces. 

Arts & Culture

$55,000 between Karamu House and Cleveland Public Theatre, Inc. to host international artists at the BorderLight Theater Festival. Karamu House will host Lisa Codrington, a Canadian artist of Barbadian descent who will remount “The Adventures of the Black Girl in Her Search for God.” Cleveland Public Theatre will support Brazilian artist Ana Paula Jones’ world premiere of “The Recital of Return” as well as Korean artist HyeJa Ju’s nonverbal work about the story of Anne Frank. Throughout their residencies in Cleveland, all three artists will engage with the local community to help shape their performances. 

$15,000 to Kings & Queens of Art to produce a second edition of the Black Local Artists of Cleveland Kuumba print journal and online platform that will increase the visibility of Black artists in Cleveland, creating a system for marketing their work and strengthening the overall creative ecosystem.

$175,000 to Twelve Literary Arts to continue growing its comprehensive program of literary arts mastery work. Our grant will fund key staffing positions necessary to provide literary arts instruction and professional development to at least 300 youths across Greater Cleveland through after school and summer programs.

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