Cleveland Foundation announces $741,000 in fourth-quarter grants and 2016 total of $2.5 million to Lake and Geauga County nonprofits

RELEASE date: 12.19.2016

CLEVELAND – The Cleveland Foundation announces a total of $741,781 in fourth-quarter grants to Lake and Geauga nonprofit organizations, bringing the foundation’s 2016 grantmaking total in those two counties to $2.5 million.*

Among the grants approved this quarter:

  • $73,000 to Crossroads: Lake County Adolescent Counseling Service to support continued collaborative work between Crossroads and Beacon Health, two leading providers of behavioral health services in Lake County, as they explore a potential merger of their services.
  • $55,000 to Lake County Educational Service Center, the county board of education, for implementation of the Lake and Geauga Counties Manufacturing/K-12 Partnership. The Partnership’s goal is to introduce and connect students to manufacturing career opportunities in Lake and Geauga counties. This grant will focus on providing school districts with career advising software to help them best guide students to college and other post-secondary opportunities.
  • $48,000 to Lake County Free Clinic to allow the Clinic to expand its services through the addition of two new staff positions. The Clinic is the sole provider of free medical and dental services in Lake, Geauga and Ashtabula counties, and currently approximately 75% of people wanting an appointment are turned away due to lack of capacity.
  • $65,000 to Lake-Geauga Habitat for Humanity to continue the organization’s expansion efforts in Lake County. The grant will support volunteer recruitment, staff expansion and service awareness, as Habitat focuses on addressing the affordable housing shortage in these counties through its mission of building homes, communities and hope.
  • $57,000 to Lakeland Foundation to support the development of an Anchor Institution strategy for Lake and Geauga counties, by convening leaders from key organizations to collaborate on long-term, rooted investments that could transform focused areas in each county. This grant will support staff to establish an Anchor Institution Task Force and for data collection and research.
  • $88,400 to United Way of Geauga County to help the agency’s successful Geauga Income Collaborative to expand its reach. The Collaborative is a group of public/private sector volunteers that aims to help vulnerable families achieve self-sufficiency. This grant will help establish a program for re-entrants, to connect them to employment opportunities and create support systems to reduce their chances of recidivism.

*Unaudited total. Official total to be announced in the first-quarter of 2017.


Established in 1914, the Cleveland Foundation is the world’s first community foundation and one of the largest today, with assets of $2.1 billion and 2015 grants of $95 million. Through the generosity of donors, the foundation improves the lives of residents of Cuyahoga, Lake and Geauga Counties by building community endowment, addressing needs through grantmaking, and providing leadership on vital issues. The foundation tackles the community’s priority areas – education and youth development, neighborhoods, health and human services, arts and culture, economic development and purposeful aging – and responds to the community’s needs.

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