The Saint Luke's Foundation in Cleveland has announced grants totaling more than $2.2 million to eighteen organizations working to advance healthy living, strong communities, and resilient families in Northeast Ohio.
The grants include $75,000 to the Cuyahoga County Board of Health in support of a collaborative effort with the City of Cleveland and the Shaker Heights Public Health Departments to create the county's first ever community-wide health improvement plan; $65,000 to EDWINS Leadership & Restaurant Institute in support of an initiative to train ex-offenders for careers in the fine dining restaurant industry; $200,000 over two years to Suite 1300 Services-Neighborhood Connections for an initiative designed to spur community engagement and civic participation; and $125,000 to Esperanza, Inc. in support of its operations and an expansion of its parent engagement and support programming.
Other recipients include Neighborhood Housing Services of Greater Cleveland, which was awarded a three-year, $200,000 operating support grant; Passages Connecting Fathers and Sons, which will receive $84,000 in support of its life skills and parent education programming; and West Side Catholic Center, which was awarded $200,000 over two years for a housing program that employs a combination of temporary rent subsidies and individualized case management to help low-income families in the region become self-sufficient.
In addition to grants targeting its priorities, the foundation awarded $60,000 to Philanthropy Ohio, a network of two hundred and twenty-one foundations, giving programs, and individual donors in the state.
"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 Saint Luke's Foundation president and CEO Anne C. Goodman. "These third-cycle 2014 grants are reflective of that approach. We have invested in some really exciting work."