The Cleveland-based George Gund Foundation has announced fourth-quarter grants totaling more than $18.2 million.
Grants were awarded in support of efforts to address the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and other urgent issues, including climate change, growing inequality, systemic racism, and the continuing erosion of democratic norms and institutions. The awards include a grant of $1.25 million to Growth Opportunity Partners for a neighborhood solar fund that will support the launch of small-scale solar energy projects in Northeast Ohio, and a three-year, $1.1 million general operating support grant to Cleveland VOTES for a Civic Engagement Fund that will support long-term equitable democracy building efforts. The foundation also awarded a series of multiyear grants aimed at building the capacity of Black-led organizations working to advance racial equity and justice, including $1.25 million to the Urban League of Greater Cleveland, $450,000 to PolicyBridge, $450,000 to the Cleveland NAACP, and $500,000 to the United Black Fund.
Other awards announced by the foundation include a grant of $1 million to Birthing Beautiful Communities to open a comprehensive birthing center in the city's Hough neighborhood; a general operating support grant of $300,000 to HOLA, which works to address the safety, basic needs, and empowerment of immigrant and refugee individuals and families in Northeast Ohio; and grants of $100,000 to Art House, the Broadway School of Music & the Arts, the Foluke Cultural Arts Center, the Julia De Burgos Cultural Arts Center, Rainey Institute, and Waterloo Arts.
For a complete list of the foundation's fall 2020 grants, see the Gund Foundation website.