May Grant Highlights

Photo: EDWINS Leadership & Restaurant Institute

We’re excited to share a few highlights from our recent grants to organizations serving residents of Cuyahoga, Lake and Geauga counties. These May grants focus support on services for senior citizens, community engagement efforts, as well as criminal justice advocacy and services for citizens returning from incarceration.

Services for Senior Citizens

  • $40,000 to Community Partnership on Aging to support Communities Assisting Residential Elderly (CARE), a collaborative program serving Cleveland Heights, Highland Heights, Lyndhurst, Maple Heights, Mayfield Heights, Mayfield Village, Solon and South Euclid that focuses on helping older adults stay safe, avoid injury and maintain their independence.
  • $30,000 to The Cutting Board Academy to pilot a 16-week food and nutrition education program for low-income senior adults with chronic medical conditions that can be successfully managed through healthy nutrition and learned behaviors.
  • $150,000 to Rebuilding Together Northeast Ohio for its Safe at Home Modification Program, a national model that improves home safety, addresses minor home repair concerns and aims to prevent injuries within the homes of older adults. Our grant will focus on direct engagement and services for seniors in the Clark-Fulton and Buckeye-Woodhill neighborhoods.

Community Engagement Efforts

  • $200,000 to Lake County YMCA to build a new intergenerational West End campus called Union Village. By co-locating with the Willoughby-Eastlake School District as well as the local senior center, the YMCA will enhance its efforts to improve health and wellness among all residents.
  • $20,000 to the Cleveland Museum of Natural History to provide free public transit access on Saturday June 22, 2019 – the 50th anniversary of the last Cuyahoga River fire. Free RTA access will not only reduce greenhouse gas emissions, but also encourage community members to attend Cuyahoga50 events and other community engagement opportunities on June 22.

Criminal Justice Advocacy and Services for Citizens Returning from Incarceration

  • $100,000 to the Center for Community Solutions to continue supporting the Ohio Transformation Fund, a collaborative of local and national partners seeking to address mass incarceration and racial disparities in Ohio’s criminal justice system through community organizing, public policy advocacy and civic engagement.
  • $65,000 to EDWINS Leadership & Restaurant Institute to implement a new leadership development program to prepare previously incarcerated individuals for management positions in the culinary and hospitality industry. This program will engage EDWINS management students in structured training to develop leadership skills in areas such as workplace communication and safety, financial statements, equipment, cash flow, cost-and-profit management, as well as dining room and kitchen management.

These are just a few of our May grants. Want to learn more about our grantmaking? Click here.