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2016 Grants

2016 Grantees


BVU: The Center for Nonprofit Excellence

Support for services to nonprofits



Boys and Girls Clubs of Cleveland

Support for the launch of the career readiness program

$250,000 over 2 years

The Centers for Families and Children

The Centers for Families and Children

Support to add staff capacity to position El Barrio for growth 

$410,000 over 2 years

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EDWINS Restaurant & Leadership Institute

Support for the culinary training program


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Family Promise Of Greater Cleveland

Support for the employment services program 


Fund for Our Economic Future

The Fund for Our Economic Future

For membership, 2016-2018

$150,000 over 3 years


Lakewood Community Services Center

Support for the Networks Job Resource Center, operated in partnership with Towards Employment    




Support for Business and Employment Services



Legal Aid Society of Cleveland

Support for the employment and economic security law practice

$240,000 over 2 years

Support to produce a white paper on barriers to employment in Cuyahoga County that can be addressed through the legal system



Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry

Support for employment services



New Avenues to Independence

Support for the Career Transition Liaison project, connecting individuals with disabilities with jobs at Giant Eagle




Support for YouthBuild


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Open Doors Academy

Support for summer internships for the high school program



Scranton Road Ministries Community Development Corp.

Support for the Youth Jobs Partnership program



Towards Employment

Support to expand organization capacity for implementation of the strategic plan

$287,550 over 2 years

Support for the WorkAdvance Local Report


General Operating Support

$200,000 over 2 years

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University Hospitals Health System

Support for a Pathways Coach to improve career advancement among non-degreed/non-credentialed employees

$215,364 over 3 years

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United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Cleveland

Support for community employment programs


Youth Opportunities Unlimited

Youth Opportunities Unlimited

Support for general operations ($100,000) and increased development capacity ($100,000)


Grants Awarded


Amount Payable in 2016


Mission Outreach Fund

Denison Avenue UCC

for the New Horizons Enrichment Program


Dover Congregational UCC

for the Street Ministry Project


Imani UCC

for mission outreach projects


Mt. Zion Congregational Church

for Jobs Opportunities Breakthrough Services (JOBS)


Ridge Road UCC

to purchase and distribute school supplies and backpacks to Parma students in collaboration with the Parma Area Family Collaborative


Strongsville UCC

for the Free Lunch program offered to community members


Mission Outreach Support