The Cleveland Foundation has announced first-quarter grants totaling $26.6 million in support of the arts, education, community and youth development initiatives, and other local programs.
The grants include a $10 million award, the largest single grant ever made by the 99-year-old foundation, in support of the Cleveland Orchestra's "Sound for the Centennial" campaign. "Through the years, the Cleveland Foundation has stepped up to provide significant support to major institutions at pivotal times," said Cleveland Foundation president and CEO Ronald B. Richard. "We hope and intend that this grant will catalyze additional leadership funding for the orchestra's creative efforts in the community to make this world-class institution accessible and enjoyable to all of greater Cleveland for years to come."
The foundation also awarded grants totaling nearly $10 million for core neighborhood and youth initiatives. Recipients include Neighborhood Progress, Inc., which will receive$5 million for its work to forge a new community development network for Cleveland's underserved neighborhoods; the Evergreen Cooperatives, which was awarded $1 million in support of its cooperative businesses in inner-city neighborhoods; and youth development initiative MyCom, which will receive $917,00 to expand into new neighborhoods.
In addition, the Cleveland Metropolitan School District will benefit from three grants totaling more than $1 million — $879,750 in support of the district's Cleveland Plan for Transforming Schools; $75,000 awarded to the Friends of the Cleveland School of the Arts for design development; and $100,000 to the Cuyahoga Community College Foundation for an academic and leadership training program for middle and high school students.