The Cleveland Foundation has announced grants totaling $8 million to nonprofit organizations serving residents of Cuyahoga, Lake, and Geauga counties.
The September grants include almost a dozen to organizations working in the areas of the arts, education, health, and youth and social services. Grants awarded in the area of arts and culture include $100,000 to the Cleveland Public Theatre in support of staffing and professional services, patron retention, and free community events, and $95,000 to Apollo’s Fire: the Cleveland Baroque Orchestra to help grow and diversify the ensemble’s audience and boost its profile in Northeast Ohio. Grants awarded in the area of youth and social services include $195,000 to Milestones Autism Resources to enable the organization to focus its efforts in minority neighborhoods, and $70,000 to the May Dugan Center in support of an expansion of the center’s trauma-informed professional treatment services, especially in the areas of mental health, substance use, and alcohol use.
In the area of education, the foundation awarded $250,000 to the Educational Service Center of Northeast Ohio to expand its high-quality pre-school education program (PRE4CLE); $150,000 to College Now Greater Cleveland for continued support of the Higher Education Compact of Greater Cleveland, which is aimed at boosting high school graduation and postsecondary enrollment and completion rates in the region; and $122,000 to the Cleveland Metropolitan School District to expand the use of the Naviance Succeed career and college planning system in grades 7-12. And in the area of health, the foundation awarded $200,000 to Eliza Bryant Village, a senior-living community, to enhance safety on its campus, upgrade medical equipment, and add a clinical optimization consultant who will educate staff about Medicare and Medicaid compliance issues.
In addition, the foundation awarded $155,485 through its Encore program to enable the Westside Industrial Retention & Expansion Network to recruit and train experienced industry tradespeople and technicians and grow the Encore Cleveland Technical Corps Program at Max Hayes High School, as well as launch a new site at Euclid High School.