The Saint Luke's Foundation in Cleveland has announced grants totaling more than $3.2 million to fourteen organizations working to advance healthy living, strong communities, and resilient families in Northeast Ohio.
Representing the first of three funding cycles in 2014, the grants include $200,000 over two years to the Cuyahoga Community College Foundation for scholarships for nurses and medical assistants in the home health field; $600,000 to the Greater Cleveland Food Bank to boost an initiative to expand nutritional education services as well as the variety and quantity of fresh produce distributed by the food bank; and $175,000 to Northeast Ohio Neighborhood Health Services in support of efforts to advances its health home model of care. Other recipients include the Trust for Public Land, which was awarded $250,000 to create pilot fitness zones at the East End Neighborhood House, Woodhill Community Center, and Fairhill Partners; the Domestic Violence and Child Advocacy Center, which will receive $150,000 in support of services that address the cycle of family violence and promote the idea of safe families; and Towards Employment, Inc., which was awarded $60,000 in support of its Networks 4 Success Fatherhood program.
"The foundation's grantmaking approach is structured 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 first cycle 2014 grants are reflective of that approach, and they demonstrate our commitment to improving health and well-being throughout the communities that our grantees serve."