Cleveland Foundation awards $34 million in fourth-quarter grants

Cleveland Foundation awards $34 million in fourth-quarter grants

The Cleveland Foundation has announced fourth-quarter grants totaling $34 million in support of organizations serving residents of Cuyahoga, Lake, and Geauga counties.

The grants will provide support in the areas of the arts, digital excellence, economic development, education, the environment, leadership development, neighborhood revitalization, racial equity, and health and human services. Recipients include Writers in Residence, which was awarded $47,930 to expand its creative writing program for incarcerated youth; the Cleveland Public Library, which will receive $148,242 to purchase thirty solar-powered portable charging units and two hundred laptops for the library's twenty-seven branches and main downtown library; LegalWorks Inc., which was awarded $120,000 over two years to continue providing pro bono legal support for Cleveland residents; DigitalC, which will receive $500,000 to build Internet infrastructure enabling fixed-wireless access in the Fairfax neighborhood; and PolicyBridge, which was awarded $200,000 to provide organizational capacity to a nonpartisan, African American-led public policy think tank engaged in producing data-informed solutions to challenges in Northeast Ohio communities of color.

"It is impossible to convey how proud I am of our community, our donors, our nonprofit partners, our board, and our staff, who together have kept a laser focus on the health and well-being of Greater Cleveland, despite unimaginable challenges that we have yet to fully overcome as a nation and world," said Cleveland Foundation president and CEO Ronn Richard. "The twin pandemics of COVID-19 and racial injustice have shown why place-based philanthropy is so important to the fabric of communities across the country, and I hope that we can continue to work together in the coming months and years to support our neighbors in need."

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