The Cleveland Foundation has announced second-quarter grants totaling $17.9 million to local nonprofits working in the areas of arts and culture, economic development, education, and health.
Grants totaling nearly $2 million were awarded in support of economic development efforts in the region, including $400,000 to the Economic and Community Development Institute to fund microenterprise activities and establish a women's business center, and $400,000 to JumpStart, Inc. to help support local entrepreneurs and launch a community development financial institution. Arts and culture grants included awards of $200,000 each to the Cleveland Play House, the Great Lakes Theater Festival, and the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) Cleveland, $20,000 to GroundWorks Dancetheater, and $10,000 to SPACES through the foundation's Engaging the Future program, which was launched in 2011 to help arts groups in the region develop and test innovative strategies to build audience engagement.
The two largest grants were awarded to MetroHealth, which will receive $750,000 to launch, in partnership with the Cleveland Metropolitan School District, a school-based mobile health unit that links students and their families to "medical homes"; and Cuyahoga Community College, which will receive $650,000 in support of its efforts to boost graduation rates through a new program that streamlines the college's service model and provides student with more structured support in the form of "college success teams."
"Both of these grants provide key funding for initiatives that promote the success of young people in Cleveland, which has been a consistent focus in our first one hundred years," said Cleveland Foundation president and CEO Ronald B. Richard. "The journey from cradle to college is not an easy one. We know healthier students are more successful students, and enrolling in college is just the first step in a journey toward college completion. We hope our early support of these important projects will help lead to their long-term success, as well as the success of our overall community."