George Gund Foundation Awards $17.7 Million in Third-Quarter Grants

The Cleveland-based George Gund Foundation has announced ninety-six grants totaling $17.7 million to nonprofits working in the areas of the arts, education, the environment, health and human services, and economic and community development.

The third-quarter grants include $4 million over three years to the Fund for Our Economic Future to continue its efforts to boost entrepreneurship in the region and leverage philanthropic investments in regional economic growth and opportunity; $5 million over five years to the Foundation Fighting Blindness to create a secure digital database that will accelerate the identification of participants for clinical trials of treatments for macular degenerative diseases; $250,000 to the Western Reserve Historical Society over two years to create a permanent Cleveland Starts Here exhibit at the Cleveland History Center in University Circle; and $210,000 over two years to Bike Cleveland in general operating support and to develop a citywide bike-sharing program.

Additional grants included $150,000 to Bard College to open a second early college high school in Cleveland; $250,000 to Lake View Cemetery Foundation for the first phase of renovations to the James A. Garfield monument; $50,000 to the Young Women's Christian Association of Cleveland in support of an initiative to end homelessness and assist youth who have aged out of the foster-care system; and $25,000 to PolicyBridge to create and sustain its work on public policy issues.

"Foundation Grants $17.7 Million at Final Meeting of 2015." George Gund Foundation Press Release 11/18/2015.