Greater Cleveland COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund announces latest round of grants

Partners award more than $220,000 in fourth cycle of Phase II grantmaking

CLEVELAND (Dec. 22, 2020) – The Greater Cleveland COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund coalition announced today the most recent round of biweekly grants to support the nonprofit community. In total, $220,779 was awarded to nine organizations and groups serving Cuyahoga, Lake and Geauga counties. Since the start of Phase II in mid-November, partners have granted nearly $1.8 million.

The latest round of grant recipients includes:

  • The City Club of Cleveland ($25,000): To support the City Club’s food distribution partnership with Lutheran Metropolitan Ministries, an effort that is producing 10,000 meals every week for Greater Cleveland’s homeless population
  • Cleveland Hearing & Speech Center ($25,000): To provide basic needs such as food, clothing, utility and housing assistance, as well as loaner laptops and personalized technical support for deaf clients, those with speech disorders, and their families in Cuyahoga, Lake and Geauga counties
  • Harvard Community Services Center ($35,000): To continue to serve homebound adults and families across the Lee-Harvard, Miles and Seville neighborhoods through the mobile delivery of care packages containing food and basic hygiene items
  • HOLA Ohio ($25,000): To facilitate access to medical care and unemployment assistance for the Latino and immigrant populations in Cuyahoga, Lake and Geauga counties, while also providing PPE and funds for help with basic needs including housing, bills, groceries and medicines
  • LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland ($21,779): To continue to provide food assistance, transportation, social-emotional support via tele/virtual community group meetings and programming, virtual wellness options, street outreach, and legal referrals and advocacy for the LGBTQ population in Greater Cleveland
  • Pregnant with Possibilities Resource Center ($49,000): To provide support and transportation assistance to help expectant and new mothers in Cuyahoga County access Making Opportunities Matter (M.O.M.) counseling and diaper distributions
  • Senior Transportation Connection (STC) ($15,000): To continue essential transportation operations that prioritize medical, dialysis and food access trips, while also purchasing enhanced PPE for older adults in Cuyahoga County with mobility needs and limited social supports
  • Slavic Village Development ($20,000): To provide funds for emergency housing repairs, emergency rental/mortgage assistance, food insecurities and transportation needs, PPE and health-related cleaning supplies funds to those facing housing instability or homelessness in the Broadway/Slavic Village neighborhoods
  • Ursuline Piazza ($5,000): To provide food assistance for HIV-positive residents in Cuyahoga County to help avoid food insecurity during the holiday season

Contributions to the second phase of the Greater Cleveland COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund total nearly $3.5 million, including support from new funding partner Evelyn B. Newell. Funding partners urge other foundations, corporate entities, individuals and organizations to contribute to the Fund. Donations of any amount are welcomed, and all contributions are tax deductible.

Based upon the charitable structure of the Rapid Response Fund, the second phase is currently accepting grant applications from eligible organizations serving Cuyahoga, Lake and/or Geauga counties. The Fund is designed primarily to support human service nonprofits with operational budgets of less than $20 million. The Fund partners encourage collaborative proposals that involve multiple organizations within similar sectors or neighborhoods working on shared issues, with a focus on basic needs, family supports, PPE, testing and contact tracing.

Grants during Phase II of the Greater Cleveland COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund are awarded every two weeks and will continue for one year. Awards range in size from $5,000 to $100,000, with a maximum grant amount of $100,000 for any nonprofit organization throughout the current cycle ending Oct. 31, 2021. Organizations that were funded during Phase I (between March-July 2020) are eligible to apply for additional funding. Grants are limited to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, groups fiscally sponsored by a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, or other charitable organizations able to receive a tax-deductible contribution.

For more information or to donate, visit ClevelandFoundation.org/Response.

Greater Cleveland COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund awards more than $625,000 in third cycle of Phase II grantmaking

Partners have granted in excess of $10 million since Fund inception in March.

CLEVELAND (Dec. 8, 2020) – The Greater Cleveland COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund announced today its third cycle of biweekly grants as part of its Phase II efforts to support the Greater Cleveland nonprofit community during the ongoing pandemic. In total, $625,684 was awarded to 14 organizations and groups serving Cuyahoga, Lake and Geauga counties, bringing the overall amount to more than $1.5 million in Phase II. This latest cycle represents a milestone of support; since the Fund’s creation in March, the community has now provided more than $10 million to frontline organizations during this unprecedented public health crisis.

Grant recipients for this cycle include:

  • Better Health Partnership ($35,000): To support staffing needs for the region’s Federally Qualified Health Centers Collaboration, enabling them to develop and implement COVID-19 testing strategies to bolster testing in locations where risk of infection is high
  • Community Service Alliance ($40,050): To continue to provide safe and supportive housing, job assistance, and life skills training at four locations on Cleveland’s near west side for men transitioning to independence and self-sufficiency from poverty, homelessness and addiction
  • Greater Cleveland Congregations ($50,000): To continue to work in conjunction with UnitedHealthcare to bring COVID-19 testing sites for four weeks to the Slavic Village, Lee-Harvard and Glenville neighborhoods, while also developing a process to follow up with people who test positive for COVID-19 at these testing sites to ensure they can isolate safely without transmitting the virus to others
  • LGBTQ+ Allies Lake County ($48,654): To continue to provide food assistance and expanded virtual options for community group social-emotional support meetings and wellness programming in Lake County
  • Lake County Free Clinic ($15,000): To expand case management services and provide COVID-19 safety kits, while continuing to provide essential medical care to uninsured and under-insured individuals in eastern Cuyahoga, Lake, Geauga and Ashtabula counties
  • Lakewood Community Services Center ($50,000): For additional staffing needed to continue its zero-contact food delivery and distribution system for individuals and families in Lakewood, Rocky River and Westlake who are facing food insecurity
  • Little Africa Food Cooperative ($60,000): To continue to deliver the needed equipment, supplies, information and food to seniors, mentally and physically disabled residents and homeless populations on Cleveland’s near east side
  • Neighborhood Connections ($120,000): To continue to provide grants ranging from $500-$5,000 to small nonprofit organizations, faith-based congregations, and grassroots and neighborhood civic groups throughout Cuyahoga, Lake and Geauga counties for a broad range of essential human needs during COVID-19, such as healthy food, safe shelter, and to reduce social isolation. Since receiving its first round of funding on April 10, Neighborhood Connections has awarded nearly $680,000 to more than 200 groups and organizations.
  • Relink.org ($35,000): To conduct outreach events in Cuyahoga, Lake and Geauga counties in order to connect individuals struggling with opioid addiction to resources and services
  • St. Paul’s Community Outreach ($20,000): To continue to provide rent and utility assistance, while also distributing PPE and household cleaning items for at-risk and low-income residents in the Ohio City and Detroit Shoreway neighborhoods on Cleveland’s near west side
  • Spanish American Committee ($18,500): To give food, utility and rental assistance stipends to low-income and elderly Latino populations in Greater Cleveland, while also providing clients with emotional and mental health resources and crisis financial planning assistance
  • West Park United Church of Christ ($36,000): To continue to support the organization’s food pantry and delivery programs for vulnerable populations in Cleveland’s West Park, Kamm’s Corners andPuritas-Longmead neighborhoods
  • Universal Health Care Action Network of Ohio (UHCAN) ($15,480): To work with community members to identify the needs and challenges related to testing, treatment and vaccination, and to advocate for better care for low income populations in Cuyahoga County
  • YWCA Greater Cleveland ($82,000): To continue to provide basic needs, food security, and on-site and remote case management at Permanent Supportive Housing for formerly homeless and low-income women at two locations in Cleveland

Contributions to the second phase of the Greater Cleveland COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund have already exceeded $3.3 million, including a gift from new funding partner The Payne Fund. Funding partners urge other foundations, corporate entities, individuals and organizations to contribute to the Fund. Donations of any amount are welcomed, and all contributions are tax deductible.

Based upon the charitable structure of the Rapid Response Fund, the second phase is currently accepting grant applications from eligible organizations serving Cuyahoga, Lake and/or Geauga counties. The Fund is designed primarily to support human service nonprofits with operational budgets of less than $20 million. The Fund partners encourage collaborative proposals that involve multiple organizations within similar sectors or neighborhoods working on shared issues, with a focus on basic needs, family supports, PPE, testing and contact tracing.

Grants during Phase II of the Greater Cleveland COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund are awarded every two weeks and will continue for one year. Awards range in size from $5,000 to $100,000, with a maximum grant amount of $100,000 for any nonprofit organization throughout the current cycle ending Oct. 31, 2021. Organizations that were funded during Phase 1 (between March-July 2020) are eligible to apply for additional funding. Grants are limited to 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, groups fiscally sponsored by a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, or other charitable organizations able to receive a tax-deductible contribution.

For more information or to donate, visit ClevelandFoundation.org/Response.

Cleveland International Film Festival Has Been Reimagined!!

During this time when we are all striving to find new ways to connect, the Cleveland International Film Festival is happy to announce CIFF44 has been reinvented!

To kick things off, CIFF44 is carrying out the tradition of releasing the highly anticipated Festival trailer today, which would have marked Opening Night of CIFF44. Sponsored by Jinny and John Johnson, the trailer was produced and created by the brilliant minds at Fusion Filmworks and features the song Miles To Go from local musicians Astronymer and Jul Big Green. To view the CIFF44 trailer, please visit clevelandfilm.org.

The Festival will also be launching its annual Challenge Match. In these times of enormous financial uncertainty, supporting each other when and where we are able is invaluable. Regardless of the amount, we promise your support will make a vast difference in creating the Festival’s road forward. There are prizes at every level of support, including the much-sought-after Challenge Match lapel buttons. To donate, please visit clevelandfilm.org/donate. There you will find full information on Challenge Match prizes. Please accept our most sincere thanks for your kind consideration.

Festival supporters also have the opportunity to purchase CIFF44 merchandise! These limited edition collector’s items, designed by the creative minds at Type Twenty Seven and Fusion Filmworks, include everything from coffee tumblers to t-shirts. To purchase CIFF44 swag, please visit clevelandfilm.org/merch.

To add to the virtual festivities, CIFF will be releasing new podcast episodes of CIFF Speaks. Listeners can join hosts Dee Perry and Aaron Spears as they talk film, do a handful of CIFF giveaways, and even invite special guests to join them to discuss all things CIFF. Find CIFF Speaks at clevelandfilm.org/ciffspeaks or on iTunes, Stitcher, or wherever you subscribe to your favorite podcasts.

The Festival is also pleased to announce that in April we will present our newest program: CIFF Streams! This program will give subscribers access to their own CIFF44 experience in their own homes by presenting many of the feature and short films slated to be part of the CIFF44 line-up. Full information, including film details, pricing, and launch date, will be released soon. CIFF Streams is made possible with generous support from members of the CIFF Board of Directors.

For now, CIFF supporters are invited and encouraged to visit clevelandfilm.org/alums for a listing of CIFF film alums from the past three Festivals that are currently available for streaming.

The Cleveland International Film Festival is supported in part by the residents of Cuyahoga County through a public grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture.