The Cleveland Foundation has announced fourth-quarter grants totaling $15.6 million, bringing its total grantmaking in its centennial year to a record $95 million.
Grants totaling more than $3.7 million were awarded in two of the foundation's key funding areas, youth development and education. Those grants include nearly $1 million to fund an expansion of MyCom, a network of local organizations focused on connecting local youth with caring adults and high-quality neighborhood-based programs and services. The foundation also awarded $650,000 to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland in support of the agency's arts education programming and mentoring and outreach efforts, and $335,000 to Esperanza, Inc. to extend its core programming to the growing Hispanic population in the Cleveland metro area.
In the area of education, the foundation awarded $1.05 million in support of the Cleveland Plan for Transforming Schools, including $350,000 to the Cleveland Metropolitan School District to expand its Office of Portfolio Planning, Growth and Management and redesign five career centers with the aim of better preparing students for technical careers; $200,000 to Stepstone Academy; and $500,000 to Teach for America.
"Recent headlines in our region, and around our country, underscore how we all must play a role in protecting and promoting our community's most precious asset — our young people," said Cleveland Foundation president and CEO Ronn Richard. "Our children deserve the brightest futures possible, and these grants foster an environment where they not only can survive, but thrive as the next generation of Greater Clevelanders."
In addition, grants totaling $1.25 million were awarded to expand the foundation's Encore Cleveland initiative, including $948,300 to BVU: The Center for Nonprofit Excellence to implement an Encore Cleveland Fellowship program; $199,000 to Fairhill Partners to create an evidence-based chronic disease management program for vulnerable seniors; and $104,512 to the Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging to engage artists age 50 and older in providing arts-based programming to seniors in the region.