The Cleveland Foundation has announced March grants totaling $13.8 million to nonprofit organizations in Cuyahoga, Lake, and Geauga counties.
The grants, which increased the foundation's grantmaking in the first quarter to $22.2 million, are concentrated primarily in the areas of youth and social services, economic and workforce development, and education. Awards include nearly $1.1 million to the Neighborhood Leadership Institute to continue serving as the intermediary and lead agency for the foundation's MyCom youth and neighborhood engagement initiative, and an additional $360,000 directly to eight neighborhoods in support of youth development activities; $200,000 to Youth Opportunities Unlimited for the placement of at least eighteen hundred and fifty Northeast Ohio youth in summer employment opportunities and an additional one-week job-readiness training program for young adults or two-day training for teens; $860,000 to College Now Greater Cleveland, which focuses on raising educational attainment and persistence levels in the region; and $200,000 to Jumpstart, Inc. in support of Plug and Play programming for start-ups in Cleveland as part of its partnership with the Cleveland Clinic.
"As a community foundation, our most important work is to help Greater Cleveland residents have access to opportunities that can enhance their quality of life," said Cleveland Foundation senior vice president India Pierce Lee. "When viewed together, the organizations represented in our grantmaking this month are creating a pipeline of opportunities for our community from the earliest age through college, career, and beyond."