The Lake-Geauga Fund of the Cleveland Foundation announces 2022 grantmaking

Release Date: 11.30.2022 

CLEVELAND – The Cleveland Foundation board of directors recently approved $248,245 to support Lake and Geauga counties from the Lake-Geauga Fund of the Cleveland Foundation.

Established in 1988, the Lake-Geauga Fund of the Cleveland Foundation has distributed nearly $19.5 million over the past 34 years utilizing the advice of its appointed committee. Since its inception, the Fund has been a critical resource to communities in Lake and Geauga counties, as it has provided funding to jumpstart new ideas, guide organizational strategy, leverage additional dollars, and address high priority program needs.

Beginning in 2015, the board decided to fully integrate organizations in Lake and Geauga in the foundation’s monthly grantmaking process. Since that time, the Lake-Geauga Fund of the Cleveland Foundation has served as an additional resource with a more strategic grantmaking focus.

“This year, the Lake-Geauga Fund’s Advisory Committee took a new approach by focusing its resources on specific data-driven community needs,” said Andrew Katusin, Cleveland Foundation program officer for grantmaking initiatives and Fund advisory committee liaison. “These grants support the rapidly increasing demand for mental health services and our community’s aging population in this new approach. We look forward to continuing to work with community-based organizations, donors, and others to support Lake and Geauga County residents.”

The board recently approved the following grants from the Lake-Geauga Fund of the Cleveland Foundation:

  • Crossroads Health ($25,250): Support for staffing and operational costs of the hotline and Mobile Crisis Services Response Team
  • Fairmount Center for the Arts ($12,775): Support ongoing arts, wellness, and performance experiences for Geauga County seniors
  • Family Pride of Northeast Ohio ($44,700): Funding for the addition of staff to increase client access to supportive and mental health services
  • Jennings Center for Older Adults ($39,750): Support for formal and informal caregivers through the creation of accessible evidence-based training content and workshops
  • Lake County Free Clinic ($25,575): Funding for the expansion of medical care services for low-income seniors in Lake and Geauga counties
  • Lakeland Foundation ($19,995): Support for the operations of the Veteran agriculture training and wellness program
  • Lifeline Empowerment ($44,700): Funding for a pilot program linking community volunteers with seniors needing help with minor household chores, errands, and other activities of daily living
  • Signature Health ($35,500): Support for the provision of best-practice training for Signature Health clinical staff

Nonprofits are encouraged to apply for funding from the Lake-Geauga Fund of the Cleveland Foundation via a yearly RFP process. For more information, visit

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