The Cleveland-based Saint Luke's Foundation has announced grants totaling more than $5 million in support of urban health and well-being, community revitalization, resilient families, and efforts to strengthen the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors in Northeastern Ohio.
Grant recipients include Care Alliance, which was awarded $1.25 million over three years for the renovation of its Riverview Towers clinic in the Ohio City district and construction of a new facility in the city's Central neighborhood; the Western Reserve Land Conservancy's Thriving Communities Institute, which will receive $734,000 over two years in support of Saint Luke's Neighborhood Revitalization Project efforts to establish plans for demolition, rehabilitation, and greening projects in partnership with residents, local government agencies, community development corporations, and other key stakeholders; and Enterprise Community Partners, which was awarded $75,000 for a pilot project focused on ending chronic homelessness through the creation of permanent supportive housing.
In addition, the foundation awarded a grant of $200,000 over two years to Business Volunteers Unlimited to fund capacity-building services for nonprofit organizations in the region, and a grant of $75,000 to the City Club of Cleveland in support of a strategic initiative designed to build the free speech forum's brand, grow its audiences, and enhance its Web site.
"During 2011 and 2012, the foundation reinvented its grantmaking approach in order to provide larger and longer-duration grants that make measurable impacts while also tying grant decisions directly to mission-driven criteria and outcomes in our three strategic program areas," said Saint Luke's Foundation president and CEO Denise San Antonio Zeman. "These third-cycle 2013 grants demonstrate our commitment to improving health and well-being throughout the communities that our grantees serve."