Cleveland Foundation Announces $21.6 Million in Grants for 3rd Quarter

CLEVELAND – The board of directors of the Cleveland Foundation has authorized $21.6 million in grants to local nonprofit organizations for programs supporting education, economic development, youth development, arts and culture, and other vital areas.

This quarter’s grantmaking includes the largest grant in the foundation’s nearly 99-year history, a $10 million gift to Case Western Reserve University to help launch the university’s campaign for a new medical education and research building.

Announced earlier this week, this gift is the first in a series of extraordinary grants that the Cleveland Foundation will make to the community to celebrate its centennial in 2014. These legacy grants will look to strengthen Cleveland’s future for the next century, and they will be above and beyond the foundation’s typical grantmaking, which averages $80 million annually.

Among the other organizations receiving grants this quarter:

Health and Human Services

The board approved a $325,000 grant to the Cleveland Foodbank for an expanded cooler/freezer to allow the center to double its cold storage capacity.

“We feel this grant not only helps the Foodbank to accommodate an increasing amount of fresh produce available to them through the local farmers’ network, it also supports the Foodbank’s important goal to provide fresher, healthier food options for our community’s most vulnerable,” said Robert Eckardt, executive vice president of the Cleveland Foundation.

Another grant that meets the foundation’s focus on health and human services is a $500,000 grant to Neighborhood Progress Inc. for the Saint Luke’s Pointe project.

The grant will support Phase III of the renovation of the former Saint Luke’s Hospital. The new community development complex already includes senior housing. The next phase will include leasable commercial space, as well as the creation of an intergenerational learning campus that will link the adjacent Cleveland Public Library branch and Harvey Rice Elementary School to the senior community.

Economic Development

Among the awards authorized in the area of economic development is a $400,000 grant to MAGNET, the Manufacturing Advocacy and Growth Network. The grant will primarily fund the PRISM – Partnership for Regional Innovation Services to Manufacturers – program. PRISM focuses on enabling small and medium manufacturers to recognize growth areas in new products and markets and to execute business plans, with the goal of spurring job creation and investment in the region.

To further grow our manufacturing base and create high-paying jobs, the board also approved a $150,000 grant to the Ohio Aerospace Institute to increase aerospace exports from small to mid-size manufacturers to France, Brazil, and India.

Arts and Culture

The foundation continued its support of two of our city’s capital campaigns in the arts, with grants this quarter that bring the foundation’s support for both campaigns to the $1 million level.

  • $250,000 to Gordon Square Arts District. The grant will support the renovation of the Cleveland Public Theater.
  • $250,000 to the Power of Three: Allen Theatre Project. That campaign has transformed the Allen Theatre into a multivenue performing arts and education complex.

Youth Development

The board approved a $250,000 grant to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Cleveland to expand the organization’s reach and programming through two specific initiatives.

  • The grant will help launch the “Save our Kids” development campaign, which will seek to raise funds needed to increase the number of youth served through creation of new clubs, extended operating hours, and enhanced programming.
  • The grant will also fund the Academic Success program, which incorporates special curriculum and recreation-based activities to improve students’ academic engagement. The grant will support after-school and summer programming at five club sites and four school sites.

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Established in 1914, the Cleveland Foundation is the world’s first community foundation and one of the largest today, with assets of $1.8 billion and 2011 grants of $80 million. Through the generosity of our donors, the foundation improves the lives of Greater Clevelanders by building community endowment, addressing needs through grantmaking, and providing leadership on vital issues. The foundation tackles the community’s vital issues – economic transformation, public-school improvement, youth development, neighborhood revitalization, and arts advancement – and responds to the community’s needs.
 
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