Community Development Grantees

A Piece of Cleveland, a local start up business that “upcycles” salvaged lumber into home and office furnishings, was awarded $5,000 as a capital investment to help purchase equipment that would make their manufacturing process more efficient and enhance their profitability.

ArtHouse, a community arts center in the Brooklyn Centre neighborhood, was awarded $2,000 for the Fresh Stop – Studio Stop program. A first time collaboration between ArtHouse and CityFresh, these groups will host a “Fresh Stop” farmers market two days per month in the ArtHouse parking lot at 3119 Denison Rd. The market will offer locally grown produce at affordable prices. During the farmers market, ArtHouse will offer a free, open-door studio at its facility, allowing the public to take advantage of arts programming and classes.

Project Snapshot: The Cleveland Print Room was awarded $2,350 to support working with neighborhood high school students to teach the value of stories and the photographic image as links between the past and present.

Cleveland Seed Bank: The seed savers alliance was awarded $777 to support educational books and outreach, printing for seeds saving packets, promotional materials, and a website.

The Committee for Larchmere PorchFest was awarded $1,875 for Larchmere Porchfest, a community event that promotes the historic Larchmere neighborhood, creating a free, multi-destination concert by pairing musicians with porches throughout the neighborhood.

In response to the shooting of Tamir Rice, residents have joined to form the ‘Cudell Cooking Club.' The group is meeting twice a month to plan, cook, create and share a community meal – attracting between 8-11 kids per night, their parents and guardians, neighbors and friends. This effort provides adult interaction, cooking skills and healthy eating habits along with building community. An existing kitchen is being utilized, but funds will help purchase needed cooking equipment and small appliances, and offset costs for food purchases.

The Earth Day Coalition was awarded $2,000 for Naturehood Native Plant Nursery, an effort to reclaim and beautify vacant, city-owned lots in the Stockyards neighborhood by creating a nursery of native plants that can be replicated in other communities.

Extended Family, an existing giving circle with roots on the east side of Cleveland, was awarded up to $750 in matching funds to help expand and promote their current efforts.

Table, Set…Go!, a program of the Famicos Foundation, was awarded  $4,668.60, for the implementation of their nutrition and sustainability education program engaging Glenville neighborhood youth.

A grassroots network of volunteers dedicated to supporting and advocating for Edgewater State Park, were awarded $1,000 to organize and promote a summer series of free music events at the park.