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Cleveland Foundation awards $10 million in grants for fourth quarter

By Tonya Sams, The Plain Dealer The Plain Dealer
on December 19, 2012 at 7:29 PM, updated December 19, 2012 at 9:42 PM



CLEVELAND, Ohio -- The Cleveland Foundation announced Wednesday that it awarded several nonprofit organizations grants totaling $10.5 million this quarter.

The American Institutes for Research in the Behavioral Sciences, based in Washington D.C., received $195,000 to continue its work with students in the Cleveland Schools .

The organization first worked with the district to help increase mental health and behavioral programs for students after the 2007 shooting at Success-Tech Academy. They will use the grant money to chart any progress made and to continue to devise a strategy for further development.

"We will be able to know where things are and what next steps are needed to make improvements," said David Osher, the institute's vice president and co-director of human and social development.

Osher said that he was impressed with the commitment of former Cleveland school's chief academic officer and current CEO Eric Gordon and is glad to help create a plan where children will grow academically as well as socially and emotionally.

The Foundation awarded $893,000 to Starting Point, a program that is part of the local youth development initiative MyCom, (My Commitment, My Community), to help provide between-grade transitional and out-of-school programs for children.

The Nonprofit company LEEDCo received $250,000 on top of the $4 million it received from the U.S. Department of Energy on Dec. 12 to continue its efforts to create an offshore wind industry on Lake Erie. So far, the foundation has awarded LEEDCo $1.5 million over the past several years.

Other grant recipients include:

• Esperanza, $330,000, to help the group initiate a local ASPIRA program. ASPIRA is a national organization that helps Hispanic youth through leadership and education. About 94 percent of students who participate in the program nationally have graduated high school. Most students go on to pursue a college education.

• West Side Catholic Center, $85,000, to continue its work with homeless families in Cuyahoga County. The grant will also help move families from shelters into rental housing .

• Ohio State University's Cuyahoga County Extension office, $75,000, to help create a strategy that would bring in new jobs and business opportunities for residents in the inner city by working with food producers, institutional buyers and processors.




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Actually, ASPIRA was initiated in Cleveland in October 2010 by a generous grant from the Cleveland Foundation and the advocacy efforts of Dr. Maria Pujana, a board member of the Cleveland Foundation then. During the past 2 years, more than 400 students, mainly Hispanics, benefited from the ASPIRA programs in the Cleveland Public School System, and the graduation rate among these students jumped from 33% to more than 90%. Congratulations to ESPERANZA for doing a great job in managing the ASPIRA program in the Cleveland Public School System.

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Promueve la diversidad dentro de nuestra propia comunidad hispana en cualquier lugar de EE.UU. / Promote diversity even among our own Hispanic Community anywhere in the USA.
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