The George Gund Foundation in Cleveland has announced grants totaling $14.4 million.
Awarded at the foundation's summer board meeting, the grants will support COVID-19 relief and recovery efforts in the region and the state, as well as efforts to advance climate action, racial justice, and democracy. The grants include $1 million to the Cleveland Metropolitan School District and Say Yes in support of technology needs and to improve digital access for students in the district; $1.5 million for statewide democracy-building initiatives, including ongoing efforts to ensure a fair and accurate census count as well as voter education, outreach, and protection activities targeting historically marginalized populations; and $2.1 million to the Energy Foundation in support of a new fund focused on embedding racial justice in climate and clean energy work across the state as well as a collaborative statewide effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Other recipients include Esperanza, which was awarded $300,000 over three years to build its community outreach, and capacity; the Center for Community Solutions, which will receive $320,000 over two years, and the Coalition on Homelessness and Housing in Ohio, which was awarded $240,000 over three years in support of its public policy analysis and advocacy efforts; and the Urban League of Greater Cleveland, which will receive $75,000 in support of a joint effort with the Greater Cleveland Partnership, Cleveland Neighborhood Progress, and Fund for Our Economic Future to advance equitable policy solutions aimed at helping communities in Northeast Ohio recover from the impacts of the pandemic.
"At this moment in history," said David Abbott, the foundation's president, "action to advance racial justice, to fight climate change, and to repel threats to democracy is the most important work we can undertake."
(Photo credit: Esperanza)