The Cleveland-based George Gund Foundation has announced grants totaling $7.27 million in support of nonprofit organizations in Northeast Ohio.
Awarded at the foundation's winter board meeting, the grants include $100,000 in support of the inaugural Borderlight Festival of Theatre Cleveland, a four-day performing arts festival featuring international and Cleveland-based theater artists and a number of world premieres. In addition, Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland will receive $50,000 to develop a digital arts suite at East Technical High School as part of a planned celebration of Major League Baseball's All-Star Game, which will be hosted by the city in July. The Cleveland Indians also are supporting creation of the suite, along with other projects aimed at creating an event-related legacy.
Other grant recipients include Birthing Beautiful Communities, which was awarded $80,000 to support local birth workers and doulas assisting pregnant women at highest risk for complications during the perinatal period; the Cleveland Police Department, which was awarded $50,000 in support of its Strategies for Youth program; and Cleveland Neighborhood Progress, which will receive $3.6 million over three years in support of its efforts to provide financial support, training, and capacity-building assistance to community development corporations in the region; implement placemaking activities that improve residential, commercial, and greenspace properties; and deliver economic opportunity programming to ensure that city residents can thrive in place.
(Photo credit: Birthing Beautiful Communities)