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Near West Intergenerational School

Our friends at Near West Intergenerational School are among our returning grantees in the running for our $10,000 anniversary award. We provided them with their very first grant in 2010, and they now hope to establish a weekly program of intergenerational fellowship. You can learn more by watching the video below.

Ohio City Bicycle Co-op - Cleveland Colectivo

In 2008, we were able to help the Ohio City Bicycle Co-Op with a grant. This year, they hope to add more equipment to their new facility in the Flats. They're one of 11 returning grantees competing for our special $10,000 anniversary award. Watch the video below and vote for your favorite project at our Bowlectivo event on May 7.

Acerbic

We're giving away a $10,000 grant to commemorate our 10 years of giving, and invited past grantees to submit applications. Zygote Press, a 2007 grant recipient, recommended Acerbic as an applicant. This group of artists works with young people and helps organizations connect with diverse audiences. Watch the video below and vote for your favorite project at our Bowlectivo event on May 7.

Katherine Chilcote | Cleveland Colectivo

As part of our 10th anniversary celebration, we invited past grantees to apply for our special $10,000 award. Those who chose to participate sent us videos, and we will share them in the days leading up to our Bowlectivo event. You can help select your favorite project at the event on May 7.

2014 Grantees

Fresh Camp’s Mentorship/Intership Program for Student Gardener/Music Producers was awarded $3,000 to purchase equipment to complete their portable recording lab for student interns and as seed money to pay interns a stipend to help teach classes, record other students and run new community gardens. These students will be in charge of two new gardens and will see the growing and selling of food from start to finish as well as learn how to train other students. They will also record alongside the professionals to help record other students and learn how to compelte their own music from start to finish.

Historic Gateway Neighborhood Corporation was awarded $3,500 to support the creation of a parklet and bike corral on 1-2 street parking spaces on Euclid Avenue in front of several businesses that have heavy bike use. This project was initiated by a request from a business owner to have more bike parking.

InterReligious Task Force on Central America was awarded $1,800 to help bring three Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender advocate-athletes from El Salvador and Colombia to the Gay Games in Cleveland to raise awareness of LGBT issues here and in their home countries.

Mi Casita Pre-school and Early Learning Center was awarded $400 to purchase topsoil in order to reclaim an asphalt lot as and create a green space for students to enjoy enhanced learning from nature.

Praxis Fiber Workshop Community Class was awarded $2,552 to buy supplies and promotional materials as well as pay instructors for four community classes at Praxis Fiber Workshop. These classes will be offered to the current residents of the Collinwood neighborhood where Praxis is located. The sampling of processes will include weaving, shibori (an eastern tie dyeing technique), felting and dye printing on fabric.

Sounds of the Soul Acoustic Ensemble, a free music and arts education program in Collinwood and the surrounding urban area, was awarded $1,400 to purchase music supplies and to support instructor stipend and transportation, marketing, and program expenses.