Cleveland Foundation Announces $8.8 Million in Grants for 3rd Quarter

Release Date: 09.27.2011

CLEVELAND – The board of directors of the Cleveland Foundation has authorized $8.8 million in grants to nonprofit organizations working in health care, economic transformation, youth development, and other areas.

Among those receiving funding this quarter:

Health care

The board approved grants of $2.25 million for local medical research efforts to benefit Northeast Ohio and beyond.

A grant of $1.5 million to the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine will be used to advance capacity of the Cleveland Center for Membrane and Structural Biology, a comprehensive facility that works to accelerate the discovery of potential therapeutic agents that slow, prevent, or even reverse certain diseases and conditions.

The Cleveland Clinic Foundation received $750,000 for the establishment of the Leonard Krieger Chair in Preventive Cardiology to support research initiatives of treatments to block the progression of heart disease.

Economic transformation

The Manufacturing Advocacy and Growth Network (MAGNET) was awarded $400,000 for programs to help grow small and mid-size manufacturing businesses. These programs are aimed at impacting economic growth in Northeast Ohio, which aligns with the Cleveland Foundation’s priority to grow the local manufacturing industry.

Youth development

The board authorized a grant of $216,530 to ASPIRA Association for second-year funding for a pilot program in Cleveland to increase the retention, achievement, and advancement of Latino students, in partnership with Esperanza Inc.

Other grants

Other grants this quarter included:

  • $175,000 to the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority for three Greater University Circle transportation-oriented development initiatives: $40,000 for the Mayfield Road Station, $35,000 for anchor-based sustainable commuting planning, and $100,000 for transit-oriented development along the Red Line
  • $90,000 to the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation for ongoing implementation of the Ohio STEM Teaching Fellows Program
  • $80,000 to Case Western Reserve University, Office of University Development, to continue developing a collaboration platform in advanced energy with partners in China
  • $117,090 to Care Alliance to increase capacity to serve the health care needs of the homeless and other underinsured populations


Established in 1914, the Cleveland Foundation is the world’s first community foundation and the nation’s second largest today, with assets of $1.9 billion and 2010 grants of nearly $87 million. The foundation improves the lives of Greater Clevelanders by building community endowment, addressing needs through grantmaking, and providing leadership on vital issues. The foundation proactively directs two-thirds of its flexible grant dollars to the community’s greatest needs: economic transformation, public-school improvement, youth development, neighborhoods, and arts advancement.

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