Gund Foundation Awards $7.4 Million to Cleveland Nonprofits

The Cleveland-based George Gund Foundation has announced summer grants totaling $7.4 million.

The grants include $1.2 million to the Cleveland Metropolitan School District to continue its work to transform public education in the city by supporting the start-up expenses of twelve high schools that have opened recently or will be opening this year; $400,000 to the Center for Community Solutions to advance the Ohio Transformation Fund, a collaborative effort focused on criminal justice reform and, in particular, reducing the number of people of color incarcerated in Ohio; and $240,000 over two years to the Cleveland Housing Network, the largest nonprofit provider of low-income housing in the city.

The foundation also awarded $50,000 to Cleveland Neighborhood Progress in support of its efforts to update the City of Cleveland's Climate Action Plan, which calls for an 80 percent reduction of the city's greenhouse gas emissions by 2050; $100,000 over two years to Magnolia Clubhouse, an organization that integrates social, vocational, and psychiatric interventions targeting those diagnosed with severe mental disorders, in support of its Medicaid reimbursement strategy; and $100,000 to University Circle Inc. to help restore a portion of the Cozad-Bates house and transform it into an Underground Railroad Interpretive Center outlining the role of the University Circle area in the antebellum-era abolitionist movement.

"The George Gund Foundation Awards $7.4 Million at its Summer Meeting 07/14/2017." George Gund Foundation Press Release 07/14/2017.