Environment 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.

Camp Sunrise, a camp in Southern Ohio that serves children and families impacted by HIV/AIDS throughout Ohio, including many from Cleveland, was awarded $2,000 for Sleeping Under the Stars, which will provide campers with equipment such as tents so that they can experience sleeping outdoors in nature (many for the first time).

City Wheels was awarded $1,000 for grant-writing assistance to support this innovative Northeast Ohio car sharing service designed to provide a creative cooperative transportation alternative to car ownership.

CityWheels was a family-owned business offering Ohio's first car-sharing service.


Cleveland Public Art was awarded $3,250 to create a juried artist competition for Public Art Signage for a Downtown Bike Station slated to be built this year.


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.

Erie’s Edge Farm was awarded $2500 to help expand their business by creating and selling prepared food from locally grown produce and educating the community about the benefits of adopting a local, seasonal diet and lifestyle. In order to make farming a viable occupation, it is critical to expand both products and distribution. This includes developing a line of commercially-prepared foods and selling them at the Tremont Farmers Market and through a community-supported agriculture program.

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.

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.

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.