The Cleveland Foundation has announced grants totaling $16.8 million, bringing its first-quarter grantmaking total to $21.3 million.
Many of the foundation's March grants were awarded in support of programs designed to create stronger, healthier neighborhoods, including a grant of $5 million to Cleveland Neighborhood Programs in support of that organization’s new emphasis on people-based strategies within the city’s Community Development Corporation network, and a grant of $425,000 to the Cleveland Housing Network in support of its efforts to build strong families and vibrant neighborhoods.
"The Cleveland Foundation is pleased to continue our long-standing support of the important work led by Cleveland Neighborhood Progress to improve our core neighborhoods and empower our residents," said Robert E. Eckardt, the foundation's executive vice president. "Through CNP's leadership, Cleveland is one of few cities that has a best-in-class network of high performing CDCs working in low- to moderate-income neighborhoods to drive change."
Other grant recipients announced by the foundation include the Greater University Circle Community Health Initiative, which was awarded $500,000 for a pilot program that will train residents of the Hough neighborhood as community doulas; College Now Cleveland, which will receive $800,000 in support of its school-based advisory services, scholarships for CMSD students and adult learners, and the Cleveland Foundation College Now Scholars program; and the Lakeland Foundation, which was awarded $50,000 to increase enrollment of underserved populations in Lakeland Community College's health technologies degree and certificate programs.