Gund Foundation Awards $11.8 Million to Ohio Nonprofits

The George Gund Foundation in Cleveland has announced ninety-six grants totaling $11.8 million to nonprofits working in the areas of the arts, community improvement, education, and the environment.

The grants include $100,000 to the Rails to Trails Conservancy in support of the organization's efforts to convert abandoned rail lines in the Cleveland-Pittsburgh corridor into a network of hiking trails; $100,000 to the Northern Kentucky Children's Law Center in support of its ongoing efforts to reform Ohio's juvenile justice system; and $225,000 to the Cleveland Metropolitan School District to staff up an effort to develop policies and a plan to provide arts education opportunities to all children in the district and facilitate partnerships with arts and cultural organizations interested in working in CMSD schools.

The foundation also awarded a grant of $19,570 to Case Western Reserve University's Urban Health Initiative to develop a data portal that will make community health information available to health officials, researchers, media, and citizens; and a grant of $50,000 to the Cuyahoga County Board of Health to support the development of strategies and programs aimed at eliminating health disparities in the region.

Other grants announced by the foundation include $5 million to LAND studio, Inc. in support of its renovation of Cleveland's Public Square into a park, plaza, and multi-use gathering space; $1 million to the Cleveland Botanical Garden for expenses related to its merger with the Holden Arboretum; and $300,000 for the relocation of the SPACES gallery.

"The George Gund Foundation Awards $11,846,184 at Summer Meeting." George Gund Foundation Press Release 07/25/2014.