The Cleveland Foundation has announced March grants totaling $14.7 million to local nonprofit organizations, with a focus on health and education initiatives, bringing the foundation's first-quarter grantmaking total to $21 million.
The health-related grants include an award of $1.3 million to ideastream, the nonprofit that owns and operates the major public broadcasting stations in the region, to fund a health education project focused on the impact of socioeconomic and environmental factors in the overall health of Clevelanders, and $200,000 in startup support to the Care Alliance as it opens a new health clinic in the city's Central neighborhood.
Education-related grants include $600,000 to the Cleveland Museum of Natural History in support of a planned wildlife center and public garden; $800,000 to College Now Greater Cleveland in support of the organization's Postsecondary Access Initiative; and $385,000 in grants to advance the foundation's focus on college access and success, particularly the continued implementation of the Naviance Succeed software program, which helps provide individualized grade-specific plans to guide students toward postsecondary success, in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District.
The foundation also awarded a $2 million grant to NewBridge, an innovative arts and career training program the foundation and its partners helped launch nearly five years ago, replicating a similar program in Pittsburgh. The grant will enable the program, which targets economically disadvantaged youth and adults, to increase the number of students served by its free classes and expand its in-demand career tracks and technology-infused arts classes.