Community Development Grantees

GardenWalk Cleveland was awarded $3250 to develop a website for launching a new free, volunteer-organized tour of gardens, farms and orchards in the Lee Miles, Hough, University Circle, Tremont, Edgewater and Detroit-Shoreway neighborhoods of Cleveland on June 25, 2011. The event is designed to highlight urban agricultural projects throughout Greater Cleveland.

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.

Joy Machines Bike Shop, a community-focused startup bicycle retail and repair shop, was awarded $1000 to purchase key equipment for the shop opening in the summer of 2011 in Ohio City’s Market Square District. Joy Machines Bike Shop will provide innovative transportation solutions for Clevelanders who are interested in making bikes a more integral part of their lives.

Fred Ward, a neighborhood activist in the E. 105 and Superior neighborhood of Glenville, is active in his neighborhood and working to address issues that lead to incarceration, including safety, food access, police concerns, etc. He operates a local storefront called the Khnemu Center where he offers hot meals, classes, and conducts voter registration and education programs. He is a passionate person with respect and connections in the community that are allowing him to make a difference.

The Revolving Loan Fund of the Paint Lakewood Rebate Program was awarded $2,000 for the implementation of a new revolving loan program. The new program will enable more families to participate in the existing Paint Lakewood Rebate Program.

Landscape Apprentice Project, a job training program providing skills in landscape architecture to urban youth , was awarded $4,500 to fund program supplies and a small stipend for 10 teenage participants, ages 13-17 in Cleveland’s Hough neighborhood.

Meet the Bloggers, a media organization that provides an alternative news source on issues that face Northeast Ohio, was awarded $500 for web hosting, newsletter maintenance, and pod-casting. Meet the Bloggers is known for hosting its interviews in Cleveland neighborhoods, bringing attention to under-reported issues, and for promoting an “open source” approach towards information and news. The Colectivo grant will help this grassroots group to expand its audience.

A coalition of parents was awarded a $3,000 planning grant for the development of a high-quality, innovative public school on Cleveland’s near west side.

Jasmine Burnett is working with New Voices Cleveland to champion reproductive justice, a movement focused on the physical, mental, spiritual, political, social and economic well-being of women and girls. New Voices was established in Pittsburgh to to advance reproductive justice for women of color and queer women, who are often under-represented and marginalized.