“This month’s grants epitomize the full breadth of the
foundation’s commitment to Greater Cleveland,” said India
Pierce Lee, Cleveland Foundation senior vice president for
program. “We’re proud to be able to partner with our donors to
support so many wonderful organizations, including those that
are crucial to the community’s efforts to fully integrate Say
Yes to Education in the coming years.”
Highlights of March grants approved by the foundation’s Board of
($5,000,000) – Three-year support to execute on its 2019-2021
management of the Strategic Investment Initiative program (a
highly competitive grant program), and capacity building support
for Cleveland’s community development system – all with the aim
of creating more livable, equitable and vibrant neighborhoods.
($371,600) – Two-year funding for a Greater Cleveland field
office to amplify existing environmental initiatives and support
development of a regional environmental agenda linking
environmental protection, health, equity and economic
LAND studio Inc.
($408,500) – Two-year general operating support to advance
transformational public space investments in three overarching
areas: thriving neighborhoods, the Downtown/Flats area, and
Economic & Workforce Development
($800,000) – General operating support and expansion of current
workforce training programs and additional staff capacity to
examine creative training models that support
micro-credentialing offerings for individuals needing portable
credentials for employment.
($250,000) – Support for the provision of trauma-informed
wrap-around workforce training, strengthening postsecondary
offerings, and expanding advocacy capacity to improve the
employment landscape for marginalized communities.
Manufacturing Advocacy &
Growth Network (MAGNET) ($415,000) – Support for year three of the Early College, Early
Career (ECEC) program, with four primary goals in mind: (1)
increase the number of students participating in internships
across the seven schools; (2) increase the number of
participating employers, particularly those within Cleveland to
decrease transportation costs; (3) expand the educational
options by offering additional industry certifications; and (4)
develop a revenue model to drive sustainability.
($172,107) – Support for year two of the Pathways to Four-Year
Degrees initiative with a focus on two specific areas: 1)
increasing the number of transfer pathways to four-year
institutions; and 2) ensuring that students intending to
transfer obtain the information and ongoing guidance necessary
to do so in an efficient and timely manner.
College Now Greater
($600,000) – Continued support to address the most imperative
adult and traditional student outcomes: postsecondary
enrollment, persistence, and completion through a variety of
avenues, including advising for the Cleveland Metropolitan
School District (CMSD), The Cleveland Foundation College Now
Scholars Program, and adult programs, services, and
($250,247) – Continued funding for the Computer Science for All
(CSforAll) program in CMSD, including scaling offerings for K-12
students and growing the number of credentialed teachers.
($180,000) – Continued support for the AARP Foundation
Experience Corps literacy tutoring program that engages older
adults (age 50+) to work with students in urban school districts
to improve the children’s core literacy skills – the initiative
serves CMSD, Euclid City Schools and Boys & Girls Clubs of
Youth & Social Services
($400,000) – Continued funding for MyCom’s youth employment
component, including the placement of about 2,000 youth and
young adults into employment opportunities for summer 2019, of
which up to 135 will come from MyCom neighborhoods.
TECH CORPS Ohio
($125,000) – Support to expand out-of-school-time (OST) programs
focused on technology workforce in CMSD, first-ring suburbs, and
youth serving organizations in order to engage more than 400
elementary and middle school students and their families in a
range of activities including week long summer camps,
after-school clubs, family nights and one-time workshops.
Building Hope In The
($75,000) –Support for the Refugee Services Collaborative of
Greater Cleveland to bolster its community engagement and public
education efforts and to gather data to develop community-wide
strategies for two emerging resettlement issues: secondary
migration and vulnerable, high-need refugee populations.
United Black Fund of
Greater Cleveland, Inc.
($200,000) – Two-year support for the organization’s community
programming manager position, which is responsible for helping
smaller local organizations expand their reach.
Care Alliance Health
($200,000) – Organizational support to provide a wide range of
training tracks for employees – including leadership
development, manager training, leaders and managers combined
program, frontline training, and clinical provider training –
via partnerships with Tri-C’s Corporate College and Lean Six
Boys & Girls Clubs of
($400,000) – Continued support for the work of the Cleveland
Peacemaker’s Alliance’s around youth violence prevention and
reduction through a continued refinement of the organization’s
structure and staffing model to enhance its capacity to connect
to those youth most at risk of violence and/or gang involvement.