Larger Cleveland COVID-19 Speedy Response Fund awards $465,300 in fundamental wants grants


The Greater Cleveland’s COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund today announced its seventh cycle of bi-weekly grants as part of its Phase II effort to support the greater Cleveland nonprofit community during the ongoing pandemic.

A total of $ 227,500 was awarded to 10 organizations and groups serving Cuyahoga, Lake, and Geauga counties that week, and $ 237,800 to seven organizations in the week of January 26 for a total of $ 465,300.

The total amount granted since Phase II began in mid-November is now nearly $ 2.6 million.

For the past two weeks, the fund’s grants priorities have been focused primarily on basic needs – responding to housing problems and distributing PPE to reduce the spread of the virus.

Applications in the priority area family support for phase II are currently not considered unless they also fall into one of the priority areas living and PPE. These funding priorities will continue until the end of March.

The Epilepsy Association is receiving $ 45,000 to provide tablets that will enable vulnerable customers in Cuyahoga County to stay in touch with case managers and other health professionals to improve customer health outcomes by improving access to care.The latest grant recipients include:

Epilepsy Association: $ 45,000 to provide tablets to connect vulnerable customers in Cuyahoga County with case managers and other health professionals to improve customer health outcomes by improving access to care.

Feed the soul: $ 20,000 to buy a new refrigerator and work with other organizations to determine transportation to deliver groceries to up to 500 additional people struggling to access services in Cleveland’s Middle East neighborhoods to take.

Help Foundation, Inc.: $ 30,000 to continue staffing the organization’s residential facilities around the clock while providing virtual support services to adults with developmental disabilities in Cuyahoga, Lake, and Geauga counties.

Koinonia Homes, Inc.: $ 15,000 to install touchless bathroom faucets in dormitories in Cuyahoga County that host multiple customers to help stop the spread of COVID-19 among those with developmental disabilities and employees.

Medina Creative Housing Inc.: $ 20,000 to purchase PPE for employees and customers, and to provide additional distance learning and life skills training for those with developmental disabilities in Cuyahoga County.

New agricultural center: $ 10,000 to continue operating 15 City Fresh stores, 10 of which are in Cuyahoga County census areas classified as food deserts.

1,000 ties: $ 9,500 for providing 2,000 hygiene kits to Cleveland Metropolitan School District students.

Two foundation: US $ 30,000 to provide further education and job placement for people with developmental disabilities in Cuyahoga, Lake, and Geauga counties.

Catholic center on the west side: $ 18,000 to purchase new HVAC and air purification systems so the organization on the west side of Cleveland can continue to provide programming and food delivery services by protecting employees and customers.

In addition, the partners have allocated $ 30,000 to hire a government affairs firm on behalf of the fund to monitor and track state and federal advocacy opportunities to enhance local COVID-19 recovery efforts.

Birthing Beautiful Communities provides basic mental health needs and services to pregnant and postpartum women in underserved communities.The grant recipients on January 26th include:

Give birth to beautiful communities: $ 50,000 to support the behavioral, mental, social, and physical needs of childbearing families by partnering with our Wellness Network (OWN) to provide basic needs and mental health services to pregnant and postpartum women in underserved communities.

EDWINS Leadership & Restaurant Institute: $ 50,000 for working with nearly 15 different organizations in Cuyahoga County to provide up to 20,000 hot meals to seniors and individuals through the EDWINS Extends a Hand program.

Franciscan communities – Mount Alverna Home: $ 25,000 to provide PPE, disinfectants, and diagnostic test equipment (thermometers and AccuShields) to help keep residents safe and reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Hitchcock Center for Women, Inc.: $ 32,000 to provide priority housing for women in treatment and their children while enhancing available technology for telehealth, employment opportunities, and virtual sober support.

McCall Consulting & Associates: $ 20,800 to provide basic supplies (clothing, hygiene and household products, PPE, and school supplies) to underserved communities through a Basic Needs Drive and distribution to approximately 140 customers in the eastern boroughs of Cleveland.

Northeast Ohio Black Health Coalition: $ 20,000 to purchase healthy, fresh, and shelf-stable groceries to provide food for families in Cleveland’s east neighborhoods that are isolated due to disability, economic hardship, domestic violence and pandemic restrictions.

Stella Maris, Inc.: $ 40,000 to purchase test kits and cleaning services so the company can continue providing on-site services for inpatient and detox programs.

Contributions to the second phase of the COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund in Greater Cleveland total more than $ 3.5 million. The funding partners invite other foundations, companies, individuals and organizations to contribute to the fund. Donations of any kind are welcome and all contributions are tax deductible.

Based on the Rapid Response Fund’s non-profit structure, the second phase is currently accepting grant applications from eligible organizations for the Cuyahoga, Lake and / or Geauga counties. The fund is primarily intended to support human service nonprofits with an operating budget of less than $ 20 million.

Fund partners encourage joint proposals involving several organizations in similar sectors or neighborhoods working on common issues.

Grants during Phase II of the Greater Cleveland COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund are awarded every two weeks and last for a year. Prizes range from $ 5,000 to a maximum of $ 100,000 for each nonprofit organization during the current cycle through October 31, 2021. Organizations funded during Phase I (between March and July 2020) may apply for additional funding. Grants are limited to 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organizations, 501 (c) (3) nonprofit sponsored groups, or other nonprofit organizations that may receive a tax-deductible contribution.

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