Cleveland Foundation Awards $22.2 Million In Q1 Grants

The Cleveland Foundation board of directors approved $13.8 million in grants for the month of March, bringing the total investment for the first quarter of 2018 to $22.2 million.

The latest round of funding focuses on youth and social services, economic and workforce development, and education, according to a news release.

“As a community foundation, our most important work is to help Greater Cleveland residents have access to opportunities that can enhance their quality of life,” said India Pierce Lee, Cleveland Foundation senior vice president, program, in a statement. “When viewed together, the organizations represented in our grantmaking this month are creating a pipeline of opportunities for our community from the earliest age through college, career and beyond.”

According to the release, highlights from grants include:

The foundation awarded $1.08 million to the Neighborhood Leadership Institute to continue to serve as the intermediary and lead agency for MyCom, a network of caring adults that work with young people to connect them to quality programs and opportunities in their neighborhoods. The foundation granted an additional $360,000 directly to eight neighborhoods to support youth development.

• Youth Opportunities Unlimited, a summer employment program, received $200,000 to support the placement of at least 1,850 youth in summer employment opportunities and additional job readiness training for young adults and teens.

• The foundation has approved a $450,000 grant to Manufacturing Advocacy & Growth Network, or Magnet, to strengthen Early College Early Career, an employer-driven career pathway program that the foundation initially funded in 2015 to prepare underserved youth for careers in advanced manufacturing.

• The foundation granted $666,670 to NewBridge, which offers community-based arts education programming and demand-facing workforce training opportunities. The funding will support the expansion of adult training opportunities and of CLE|LEAD, which provides youth with soft skills.

• The foundation awarded $860,000 to College Now Greater Cleveland, which focuses on raising educational attainment and persistence levels in our community. The funding supports Cleveland Metropolitan School District advising, Cleveland Foundation College Now Scholars Program, scholarships for CMSD students, adult programs and services and scholarship and retention services for adult learner students.

• JumpStart Inc. received $200,000 from foundation to support Plug and Play programming in Cleveland in partnership with the Cleveland Clinic. Plug and Play features a 12-week accelerator program and connections to more than 180 corporate partners to benefit a projected 20-40 start-ups a year.

This story originally appeared on Crain’s Cleveland Business.