The Cleveland Foundation has announced November grants totaling $11.3 million to organizations serving residents of Lake, Geauga, and Cuyahoga counties.
Many of the grants were awarded to organizations working in the areas of education, youth development, and vulnerable populations. In the area of Vulnerable Populations, recipients include Linking Employment Abilities & Potential (LEAP), which was awarded $103,000 to build staff capacity as it works to expand services for people with disabilities; the Up Side of Downs of Northeast Ohio, which was awarded $22,000 to create an online store for artisans and develop educational programming for teens and young adults with Down syndrome; and the Spanish American Committee, which will receive $150,000 to expand a program that helps low-income families and individuals break the cycle of poverty.
In the area of Education and Youth, the foundation awarded $165,000 to the Cleveland Public Library to advance literacy-related programming at its learning centers; $200,000 to Starting Point, Northeast Ohio to scale its work in the area of infant and toddler early childhood education; and $50,000 to the Cleveland Classical Guitar Society in support of classical guitar instruction within the Cleveland Metropolitan School District.
(Photo credit: Cleveland Classical Guitar Society)