Partners announce fifth week of Greater Cleveland COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund grant recipients

Community gifts exceed $8 million, while grants total nearly $3.3 million in support of frontline nonprofit organizations

Release Date: 4.24.2020

CLEVELAND – The Greater Cleveland COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund coalition announced today its fifth round of weekly grants to support the nonprofit community, which continues to face unprecedented challenges during the ongoing pandemic. In total, $498,308 was awarded to 11 organizations and groups serving Cuyahoga, Lake and Geauga counties. Since the Fund’s creation in mid-March, partners have granted nearly $3.3 million to more than 50 nonprofit groups and organizations. This week’s grantees are:

  • Family Promise of Greater Cleveland ($30,000): To continue to provide supplies, food, beds and other resources for unsheltered families and recently housed families in Cuyahoga County.
  • West Side Catholic Center ($16,000): To continue to offer takeout meals, shower facilities, emergency shelter, as well as remote case management and one-on-one social work for low-income and unsheltered clients in Cuyahoga County.
  • The Salvation Army of Greater Cleveland ($50,000): To purchase additional food and sanitation products that will be needed in order to meet the increase to weekly service deliveries (from twice monthly) to those in need in Cuyahoga County.
  • Detroit Shoreway Community Development Organization ($56,000): To compensate small businesses for no-cost meals provided to children and low-income individuals on Cleveland’s near west side.
  • Famicos Foundation ($80,000): To purchase and deliver food, toiletries and cleaning supplies to seniors and disabled residents in Cleveland’s Hough, Glenville and St. Clair-Superior neighborhoods.
  • Joseph’s Home ($20,500): To purchase medical and disinfecting supplies for the medical respite shelter, help transition to mobile capabilities for staff and to expedite the relocation of medically at-risk clients in Cuyahoga County to permanent housing.
  • Malachi House ($90,000): To continue to serve low-income, terminally ill patients free of charge in Cleveland’s Ohio City neighborhood.
  • Providence House ($55,808): To maintain phone-based family support services and provide delivery of basic needs items for at-risk, vulnerable and low-income families in Cuyahoga County.
  • True Freedom Enterprises ($20,000): To continue to provide transportation services to places of employment for formerly incarcerated citizens in Cleveland.
  • West Side Community House ($30,000): To continue providing meals and support services for seniors and disabled adults on Cleveland’s near west side, through weekly meals to-go and home delivered meals to housebound seniors.
  • WomenSafe, Inc. ($50,000): To maintain the emergency domestic violence shelter, while providing tele-counseling services, case management and basic needs items for adult and child survivors of domestic violence throughout Northeast Ohio.

Overall contributions to the Rapid Response Fund now total more than $8 million from 65 different corporate, civic and philanthropic partners, including individuals and families across the region. New funding partners (since April 17) include The Davies Family, Jewish Federation of Cleveland, Kramer Family Foundation and Solarflo Corporation. Funding partners urge other foundations, corporate entities, individuals and organizations to contribute to the fund via, where you can also view a list of partners to date. Donations of any amount are welcomed, and all contributions are tax deductible.

The partners plan to continue to make weekly grants through June, with the potential to extend grant opportunities as needed and as additional funding resources become available through new partners joining the effort. Frontline nonprofits that have pressing needs related to the COVID-19 crisis response should email to receive more information about the streamlined funding process. The funding collaborative will continue to identify potential grantee partners, solicit guidance on proposed projects from community advisors and recommend final awards. Organizations that have already submitted funding requests will remain in consideration for future grant distributions until further notice.

Based upon the charitable structure of the Rapid Response Fund, grants are limited to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, groups fiscally sponsored by a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, or other charitable organizations able to receive a tax-deductible contribution, such as schools, faith-based organizations and other public entities. The partners are not able to fund individuals or businesses directly, labor unions, or other 501(c)(4), 501(c)(5) and 501(c)(6) organizations.

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