The Cleveland Foundation has announced June grants totaling $19.2 million to local nonprofit organizations, boosting its second-quarter grantmaking total to $26.9 million.
In the area of education, the foundation awarded $5.5 million to the Partnership for Urban Health, a joint initiative of Northeast Ohio Medical University and Cleveland State University, in support of postsecondary education programs for urban primary healthcare professionals; $680,000 to the Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD) to develop four new district and charter high schools; and $119,431 to the Henry Ford Learning Institute in Dearborn, Michigan, in support of its ongoing efforts to guide the transformation of CMSD’s high school-based career centers into career academies.
The foundation also awarded grants totaling more than $1.75 million in support of its economic transformation strategy, which seeks to better connect Cleveland residents with careers and entrepreneurial opportunities. Grant recipients include Towards Employment, which was awarded $300,000 to replicate a skills-based hiring model launched in New Mexico; JumpStart, Inc., which will receive a grant of $800,000 and a $500,000 program-related investment to provide capital and operations support to entrepreneurs in low- to moderate-income neighborhoods in Cleveland; and the BioEnterprise Corporation, which was awarded $480,000 to identify and develop promising health information technologies and to align local health IT career pathways within the school district.
"Throughout the Cleveland Foundation's nearly decade-long collaboration with partners and our city's leaders to transform Cleveland's public school system, our longest and perhaps most impactful strategy has been our focus on the creation of new and innovative schools," said Robert E. Eckardt, the foundation's executive vice president. "As we work to redefine and personalize how we educate our students, we also want to encourage our city's industry clusters to focus on redefining how they train and recruit our residents to fill available jobs. We think these two strategies go hand-in-hand in creating and strengthening Cleveland's future workforce."