The Cleveland Foundation has announced March grants totaling more than $13 million, boosting its first-quarter grantmaking to more than $20 million.
In the area of education, the foundation awarded $860,000 to College Now Greater Cleveland, the first college access organization in the U.S. established to serve a specific metro area, in support of programs aimed at boosting educational achievement levels in the region. Other recipients include the Cleveland Transformation Alliance ($175,000), in support of its education reform efforts and work to provide information to families about the city's public schools; the Cuyahoga Metropolitan School District and Mid-American Conference ($250,000), for an award program that celebrates the vital role of teachers to the success of schools and students and to design and implement a new teacher induction and development program; and Teach for America ($78,000), for the third year of its Encore mentorship program.
The foundation also awarded grants in the area of youth development and engagement, including $200,000 to Youth Opportunities Unlimited, which will use the funds to provide three thousand youth with summer employment; $1.03 million to the Neighborhood Leadership Institute to expand its efforts as the lead agency for the foundation's MyCom youth and neighborhood engagement initiative; and $50,500 to Cuyahoga County Public Library to expand a program that pairs teens between the ages of 11 and 18 with adults age 50 and older who have experience in the fields of science, technology, engineering, art and design, and math.
"The theme across our grantmaking this quarter is opportunity," said India Pierce Lee, senior vice president of programs at the foundation. "Our donors and our board of directors believe strongly that our community's future is dependent on the opportunities we create today for all of our residents. And these opportunities must start at an early age, which is why we are so pleased to announce new commitments in education and youth development in greater Cleveland."