The Cleveland Foundation has announced third-quarter grants totaling $27.5 million to organizations serving residents of Cuyahoga, Lake, and Geauga counties.
The foundation's board authorized grants in the areas of economic and workforce development, education, the environment, leadership development, neighborhood revitalization, and youth, health, and social services, as well as significant funds to help launch the Cleveland Black Futures Fund, Friends of the Bail Project – Cleveland, the second phase of the Greater Cleveland COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund, the Greater Cleveland Digital Equity Fund, and the Lead Safe Cleveland Home Fund.
Third-quarter grant recipients include the Evergreen Cooperative Corporation, which was awarded $50,000 to launch an organically certified cut-herb division at Green City Growers that will create a dozen or more jobs; College Now Greater Cleveland, which was awarded $360,000 to phase in wraparound student-support services and out-of-school-time programming at an additional twenty-three Cleveland Metropolitan School District schools and three Breakthrough Schools; the Center for Community Solutions, which will receive $200,000 over two years in support of its HIV programs; and the Alliance for the Great Lakes, which will use its grant of $190,000 over two years to educate and empower residents of Northeast Ohio about water affordability issues, advocate for additional water infrastructure funding, and support a more equitable water rate-setting process.
"The coming months are sure to bring new developments and evolving challenges as we work with partners to respond to the immediate needs brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic while continuing our work to advance long-term projects for the benefit of Greater Cleveland," said India Pierce Lee, the foundation’s senior vice president for program. "However, I am confident in the foundation's ability to do both as we continue to work alongside our donors and our nonprofit partners during a difficult — yet transformative — year for our community."