OVERVIEW: The Cleveland Foundation supports arts and culture, economic and workforce development, education, youth development and social services, and neighborhood revitalization and engagement in the Cleveland region of Ohio.
FUNDING AREAS: Arts and culture, economic and workforce development, education, youth development and social services, neighborhood revitalization and engagement
IP TAKE: A little over half of the Cleveland Foundation’s grantmaking comes from proactive and reactive grantmaking by the board and staff, rather than donor-directed giving. This indicates there are many opportunities for local groups to get involved with this funder.
PROFILE: Established in 1914, the Cleveland Foundation is a community foundation based in Cleveland, Ohio. A lawyer, Frederick Harris Goff, created the foundation, which has inspired communities around the U.S. to create similar foundations since that time. The foundation aims to “enhance the lives of all residents of Greater Cleveland, now and for generations to come, by working together with our donors to build community endowment, address needs through grantmaking, and provide leadership on key community issues.” It funds local efforts for arts and culture, economic and workforce development, education, youth development and social services, and neighborhood revitalization and engagement.
The Cleveland Foundation awards approximately two-thirds of its flexible grant dollars to these priority areas. Education grants fund scholarships, student services, early education, school transformations, and post-secondary access and success. Neighborhood grants fund partnerships that address neighborhood challenges and connect neighbors. Youth grants target early childhood education, out-of-school opportunities, violence prevention and intervention, and interfaith networks. Arts and culture grants fund arts mastery programs, creative residency programs, and book awards. Economic grants focus on job creation, preparation, and access for local residents. Environmental grants help protect Cleveland’s freshwater and clean energy economy. Other programs and initiatives include building a digital community, leadership development, and connecting neighborhoods. Donors have established numerous affiliated funds that are managed by the Cleveland Foundation and have their own grantmaking processes.
Grants range between about $5,000 and $500,000. Learn more about this funder’s local giving by examining its recent tax records or grants archive. Grantmaking focuses on the Cleveland region, which includes Cuyahoga, Lake, and Geauga counties in Ohio. Past local grantees include the Nature Center at Shaker Lakes, West Side Community House, and the Cleveland Municipal School District Transformation Alliance.
This foundation accepts unsolicited online grant inquiries from nonprofits. These inquiries may be submitted at any time and are reviewed on a rolling basis. The foundation then invites select applicants to submit full proposals. Direct general questions to the staff at 216.861-3810 or via online form.
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