Cleveland Foundation Awards $18 Million in Second-Quarter Grants

The Cleveland Foundation has announced second-quarter grants totaling $18 million to nonprofits in the Greater Cleveland region working in the areas of economic development, education, and arts and culture.

Through its economic transformation initiative, the foundation awarded $800,000 to Team NEO for its efforts to attract businesses to Northeast Ohio, and $750,000 each to NorTech to help develop regional innovation clusters in advanced energy manufacturing, flexible materials, and other manufacturing sectors; Lake Erie Energy Development Corporation for the creation of the nation's first freshwater wind farm; and JumpStart to support the development of local high-tech and innovative companies.

To support public education reform efforts, the foundation awarded $800,000 to thirteen innovative schools in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District, including two STEM high schools and four single-gender elementary schools; and $700,000 to Breakthrough Charter Schools, which serves twelve hundred students in four schools and plans to open two more in the fall.

As part of its Engaging the Future initiative, an audience development effort aimed at developing non-traditional audiences, the foundation awarded grants totaling $1.4 million to twelve arts organizations that will be tasked with finding and engaging young and diverse board members, experimenting with new programs while maintaining loyal audiences, overcoming perceptions of elitism, and understanding what attracts younger audiences. "This is a national issue, and Cleveland is one of the first cities to develop a program to address it," said Cleveland Foundation executive vice president Robert Eckardt. "Demographic research clearly shows that audiences are growing older and less diverse. We believe this initiative will expose new audiences to modern and traditional art forms while preserving the vitality of our city's arts institutions for years to come."

For a complete list of second-quarter grants visit the Cleveland Foundation Web site.

"Cleveland Foundation Announces $18 Million in Grants." Cleveland Foundation Press Release 06/29/2011.