The Cleveland Foundation has announced second-quarter grants totaling $26.2 million to organizations serving residents of Cuyahoga, Lake, and Geauga counties.
Grants were awarded in the areas of youth, health, and human services; arts and culture; neighborhood revitalization; the environment; workforce and economic development; education; and leadership development. The foundation and many of its regional corporate, civic, and philanthropic partners also recently announced the launch of the Greater Cleveland COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund.
Second-quarter grant recipients include the Cleveland Rape Crisis Center, which was awarded $200,000 in support of the opening of its new offices in Shaker Square and Clark-Fulton, as well as ongoing outreach efforts to the African-American and Latinx communities; Twelve Literary Arts, which will receive $175,000 to expand some of its programs, including in-school writer-in-residence programs at twelve partner schools, an afterschool youth poetry fellowship, and poetry slam competitions; MidTown Cleveland, which was awarded $600,000 over two years to accelerate development in the MidTown area under a new master plan featuring a mixed-income residential community, placemaking projects, and initiatives focused on AsiaTown; and NewBridge, which will receive $850,000 to expand no-cost workforce training in phlebotomy and patient care at John Adams High School and New Tech West.
"This has been an unprecedented time for all of us," said India Pierce Lee, the foundation's senior vice president for program. "It has been heartening to see the community respond, first to the pandemic, and now to the national reckoning with racism. It's more important than ever for the foundation to continue to fund across all of our priority areas, identifying opportunities where philanthropy can disrupt systems that have created barriers to equitable prosperity for all who call Greater Cleveland home."
For a complete list of second-quarter grantees, see the Cleveland Foundation website.
(Photo credit: Twelve Literary Arts)