Cleveland Foundation Awards $14.4 Million in Grants for 3rd Quarter

Release Date: 09.24.2010

The Cleveland Foundation’s board of directors today authorized $14.4 million in grants to benefit local nonprofit organizations working in areas ranging from education and the arts to economic development and health care.

Organizations receiving funding this quarter include:


The board authorized $300,000 to support seven “innovation” schools in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD):

  • Kenneth Clement Boys Leadership Academy
  • Valley View Boys Leadership Academy
  • MacArthur Girls Leadership Academy
  • Warner Girls Leadership Academy
  • Design Lab Early College High School
  • MC2STEM High School
  • Ginn Academy

On average, these innovation schools outperform their peer schools within the district on a wide range of measures, including test scores, student attendance and retention, safety, and discipline. They are part of a larger portfolio of 17 CMSD innovation schools.

Positive Education Program (PEP) received $500,000 to help construct its new autism center. With one in every 110 children diagnosed with the disorder, demand for autism services is increasing rapidly. The new facility, housed in a 33,000-square-foot former office building, will greatly enhance PEP’s ability to provide those services, particularly to underserved children from the city of Cleveland.

A grant of $250,000 went to Cleveland State University for planning regarding the CSU-Northeast Ohio Universities Colleges of Medicine and Pharmacy Partnership for Enhancing Urban Health. The program aims to increase the number of physicians providing primary care in urban settings.

The ASPIRA Association will use its $150,000 grant for a pilot program to increase the retention, achievement, and advancement of Latino students in Cleveland. The program is being conducted in partnership with Esperanza Incorporated, a local organization that works to enhance educational and economic opportunities for Hispanic Americans.

Other grants for education and literacy went to:

  • Cuyahoga Community College Freedom Leadership Academy ($150,000) to improve literacy and foster creativity using books, music, movement, and other cultural expressions to positively influence the lives of youth
  • Cuyahoga County Public Library ($150,000) to expand its Homework Centers, which operate at several library branches and build students’ academic skills
  • Greater Cleveland Volunteers ($165,000) to support the Experience Corps tutoring program for Cleveland students in kindergarten through third grade
  • Literacy Cooperative of Greater Cleveland ($69,000) to help place 10 members of the AmeriCorps volunteer program at sites around Greater Cleveland to work with K-12 students on literacy

Arts and Culture

The board voted $500,000 for the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland’s comprehensive capital campaign. This amount is in addition to a $1 million grant authorized by the board in December 2006. The museum is designing and building a new, 34,000-square-foot facility that will serve as one of the flagship buildings in Cleveland’s emerging Uptown District.

The PlayhouseSquare Foundation was awarded $34,880 to bring an artist from Chile to Northeast Ohio through the Cleveland Foundation’s Creative Fusion international artist-in-residence program. The artist, to be selected, will design an affordable and aesthetically pleasing model for disaster relief housing in response to the recent devastating earthquake in Chile. The housing materials would be manufactured in Cleveland.

Economic Development

The foundation supported job creation in Greater Cleveland with a $250,000 grant to the Manufacturing Advocacy & Growth Network (MAGNET). The grant is directed toward two specific MAGNET projects: Growth by Design, which seeks to transfer the region’s traditional manufacturing competencies to such growing fields as advanced energy, advanced materials, and biomedical devices; and the New Markets Initiative, which gives Cleveland companies the tools to enter new markets as well as connections to original equipment manufacturers in growth markets to create new jobs and stimulate new investment.

The board authorized $70,000 for Case Western Reserve University to develop relationships with organizations in China on a variety of research, education, and trade initiatives related to advanced energy.

Other Grants

A $300,000 low-interest loan from the foundation will allow Neighborhood Family Practice to implement an electronic medical record system for its largely uninsured patient population on Cleveland’s West Side.

The Fairhill Center for Aging received a $200,000 grant for the first phase of its Kinship Village intergenerational housing project, which will accommodate and provide vital services for up to 30 families in which grandparents or other older adults are raising children.

With a grant of $150,000, Towards Employment will expand the Greater Cleveland workforce by helping residents find jobs, gain professional or academic credentials, and transition to jobs with defined career pathways.

The Northeast Ohio Alliance for Hope was awarded $60,000 for projects in East Cleveland, including establishing a network of block clubs in the city and working with the Cuyahoga County Land Bank to acquire troubled real estate and return it to productive use.


Established in 1914, the Cleveland Foundation is the world’s first community foundation and the nation’s second largest today, with assets of $1.8 billion and 2009 grants of $79 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 (including advanced energy and international relations), public-school improvement, youth development, neighborhoods, and arts advancement.
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