CLEVELAND, June 26, 2020: The Greater Cleveland COVID-19
Rapid Response Fund coalition announced today the most
recent round of grants to support the nonprofit community. In
total, $1.1 million was awarded to 26 organizations and groups
serving Cuyahoga, Lake and Geauga counties. Since the Fund’s
creation in mid-March, partners have granted more than $7.7
million to nearly 150 nonprofit groups and organizations. The
latest round of grant recipients includes:
Food & Shelter:
Station ($36,000): To expand the capacity of its
CCHAP Meals on Wheels program, which delivers food to older
adults and the physically disabled in Cuyahoga and Lake
of St. Vincent de Paul Diocese of Cleveland ($85,000):
To provide funding for rent and utility assistance for
low-income individuals across eight counties in Northeast Ohio,
as well as to re-design the organization’s Community Corner and
Brookside hunger centers so they can operate safely and expand
hours of operation while observing social distancing guidelines.
Clergy Alliance ($50,000): To support LatinX
families across Greater Cleveland by providing food, basic
needs items and emergency financial assistance through a
partnership with the Community of Faith Collaborative.
Cathedral ($30,000): To allow the cathedral to
transition its A Place at the Table hunger program to a pickup
meal service so that it can continue to serve Cleveland’s
homeless and low-income populations safely during the pandemic,
while also continuing the cathedral’s ongoing partnership with
Walls of Love® in filling the walls with essential items for
those in need.
Holiness Temple ($25,000): To support the
church’s food bank and distribution of cleaning supplies,
toiletries and other basic needs items to families in the
Fairfax neighborhood and surrounding areas.
Cleveland City School District ($100,000): For
technological resources to equip the district's 1,800 students
for successful remote learning.
Road Ministries Community Development Corporation ($18,000):
To expand the organization’s workforce and educational
training programs through an online training platform, and to
create a Digital Learning Center to host socially distant
student learning groups.
Clinical & Behavioral Health
To acquire computer equipment for telehealth services and online
coursework, as well as PPE and cleaning supplies, for vulnerable
youth in residential treatment facilities.
Christian Home ($36,000): To purchase food, supplies
and computer equipment to care for youth in residential
treatment for mental, emotional and behavioral disorders.
Assessment & Treatment Services ($25,000): To
continue providing services via telemedicine, as well as
cleaning supplies and PPE, for residential and outpatient
clients with chemical dependency and behavioral health needs.
To implement a telehealth platform in order to connect uninsured
and underinsured residents in Cuyahoga County with free health
care, health insurance, and other navigation services.
Mommy and Me
Too Inc. ($20,000):
To provide transportation, food, laptops and cleaning supplies
for low-income pregnant women as well as single mothers and
their children in recovery housing.
TreatmentWorks, Inc. ($20,000):
To provide food, utilities and supplies for men in residential
treatment for drug and alcohol dependency.
US Together ($86,000):
To provide case management staffing and tele-interpretation
technology for immigrants and refugees with limited English
A Vision of
Change, Inc. ($40,000):
To allow for continued health and wellness home visits, food
distribution and the dissemination of community health
information in Cleveland’s east side neighborhoods.
Children & Youth
Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Cleveland ($35,000):
To provide direct relief to Cuyahoga County families through the
organization’s Family Resiliency Fund, as well as adding a
digital component to its mentoring program.
& Girls Clubs of Northeast Ohio ($26,000): To
purchase cleaning supplies and PPE to re-open club locations, as
well as food and cleaning supplies to provide to youth and their
Metropolitan School District ($100,000): To
purchase grocery store gift cards for the district’s homeless
Johnson Center ($15,000): To expand tutoring
services for high school seniors and to purchase and deliver
care packages with cleaning supplies and food items for
low-income single parents in Cuyahoga County.
Other Vulnerable Populations
Allies Lake County ($15,000): To provide food
assistance and expand virtual options for community group
social-emotional support meetings and wellness programming in
Autism Resources ($75,000): To expand the
organization’s autism Helpdesk so that families in Cuyahoga,
Lake and Geauga counties can continue learn how to access needed
services, advocate on behalf of their family member, and use
effective de-escalation supports.
Coast Community Homes, Inc. ($34,000): To
increase safety, cleaning and disinfecting procedures within the
organization’s 205 properties across Northeast Ohio and to
provide safe-at-home kits for the more than 650 residents with
intellectual, developmental, physical and mental health
Adaptation & Recovery
Cleveland Congregations ($100,000):
For COVID-19 testing support kits for predominately Black
congregations in Greater Cleveland as well as a collective
buying program to negotiate better prices on electricity, gas
and other essential services for the group’s faith institution
members facing financial hardship due to the pandemic.
Cleveland Volunteers ($7,000):
For staffing and technology to help local nonprofit
organizations safely re-engage volunteer workers to support
their operations during the pandemic.
Business Center ($17,000): To provide
rental assistance for its small business tenants, including
those in its CentroVilla25 campus, and for technology to conduct
its business coaching and consulting remotely.
Community Development ($30,000):
For a temporary work program to employ Old Brooklyn residents
who have been laid off or are facing economic hardship in the
midst of the pandemic, paying them to complete greening and
beautification projects in the neighborhood.
With the community still facing unprecedented challenges during
the ongoing pandemic, Fund partners have decided to extend this
initial phase of grantmaking through July 17 to help meet the
continued need and to be able to react to a constantly evolving
situation as Greater Cleveland slowly reopens.
Frontline nonprofits that have pressing needs related to the
COVID-19 crisis response should email firstname.lastname@example.org to
receive more information about the streamlined funding process.
The funding collaborative will continue to identify potential
grantee partners, solicit guidance on proposed projects
from community advisors and recommend final awards.
Organizations that have already submitted funding requests will
remain in consideration for future grant distributions until
further notice. The last date for organizations to apply to this
phase of the Fund will be Thursday, July 9.
Overall contributions to the Rapid Response Fund now total more
than $8.8 million from 82 different corporate, civic and
philanthropic partners, as well as nearly 2,300 individuals and
families across the region. New funding partners (since June 12)
Covia Foundation. Funding partners urge other
foundations, corporate entities, individuals and organizations
to contribute to the fund via ClevelandFoundation.org/Response, where
you can also view a list of partners to date. Donations of any
amount are welcomed, and all contributions are tax deductible.
Based upon the charitable structure of the Rapid Response Fund,
grants are limited to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, groups
fiscally sponsored by a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, or
other charitable organizations able to receive a tax-deductible
contribution, such as schools, faith-based organizations and
other public entities. The partners are not able to fund
individuals or businesses directly, labor unions, or other
501(c)(4), 501(c)(5), and 501(c)(6) organizations.
For more information or to donate, visit ClevelandFoundation.org/Response.