The Cleveland-based Saint Luke's Foundation has announced grants totaling more than $1.4 million in support of organizations working to advance the foundation’s priorities of healthy people, strong neighborhoods, and resilient families.
In the first of what will be three funding cycles in 2015, the foundation awarded five grants through its Healthy People program, including $160,000 to Northeast Ohio Neighborhood Health Services in support of the organization’s efforts to advance its home healthcare model; $50,000 to Voices For Ohio’s Children in support of the organization’s Children’s Nutrition and Wellness initiative; and $33,000 to Jewish Family Service Association of Cleveland to help Alyson’s Place Medical Clinic obtain Patient Centered Medical Home accreditation.
Grants awarded through the foundation’s Strong Neighborhoods program included $175,000 to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland in support of its efforts to expand youth development programs at Mt. Pleasant and Saint Luke’s Manor; and $56,000 over two years to the Cleveland Department of Aging in support of its Age Friendly Cleveland initiative, which will use the funds to assess the needs of older adults and build solutions to meet those needs.
In addition, the foundation awarded $240,000 in general operating support through its Resilient Families program to the Domestic Violence and Child Advocacy Center; $120,000 to Friends of the Cleveland Public Library in support of the Woodland Branch Family Playroom program; and $35,000 to College Now Greater Cleveland to increase neighborhood-based college access and provide financial aid and loan counseling services.
"The foundation’s grantmaking approach is structured to tie grant decisions directly to mission-driven criteria and outcomes in our three strategic program areas,” said St. Luke's Foundation president and CEO Anne C. Goodman. “These first cycle 2015 grants are reflective of that approach. We have invested in some really exciting work."