News April 10, 2020

COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund partners announce recipients of third week of grantmaking

The Greater Cleveland COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund coalition announced today its third round of weekly grants to support the Greater Cleveland nonprofit community, which continues to face unprecedented challenges during the ongoing pandemic. This week, a total of $626,500 was awarded to the following organizations and groups serving Cuyahoga, Lake and Geauga counties:

  • Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging ($100,000): To provide meals, telephone reassurance and wellness checks, and telehealth behavioral health services for older adults and caregivers in Cuyahoga County.
  • YWCA Greater Cleveland ($101,500): 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 as well as Cleveland’s largest emergency homeless shelter for adult women.
  • Case Western Reserve University + Yellowcake Shop ($50,000): To facilitate the production of 10,000 protective facemasks, which will be distributed to Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry for non-contact circulation within the Cuyahoga County Continuum of Care’s homeless service provider network.
  • East End Neighborhood House ($70,000): To continue to provide meal deliveries to seniors and childcare services as a Temporary Pandemic Center in the Buckeye neighborhood on Cleveland’s east side.
  • Community of Hope ($15,000): To provide funds for housing, transportation and basic needs for youth who have aged out of foster care in Cuyahoga County and are at a high risk for homelessness.
  • SMART Recovery ($70,000): To help facilitate nearly 400 online addiction support meetings free of charge, while maintaining confidentiality and anonymity for at-risk populations across Cuyahoga, Lake and Geauga counties.
  • Centers for Dialysis Care ($20,000): To provide personal protective equipment for staff and patients, and to help pay for transportation for patients across Cuyahoga, Lake and Geauga counties in order to travel to the clinic for treatment.
  • Neighborhood Connections ($200,000): To provide grants ($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 such as healthy food and safe shelter.

To date, more than $2.3 million has been awarded in grants from the Rapid Response Fund. The partners plan to continue to make grants once a week through June, with the potential to extend grant opportunities as needed and as additional funding resources become available through new partners joining the effort.

More than $7.1 million raised from partners across the community

Overall contributions to the Rapid Response Fund now total more than $7.1 million from 52 different corporate, civic and philanthropic partners, including more than $500,000 from individuals and families across the region. Since our last update on April 3, new funding partners include:

They join existing partners:

Funding partners urge other foundations, corporate entities, individuals and organizations to contribute to the fund via, where you can also view a list of partners to date. Donations of any amount are welcomed, and all contributions are tax deductible.


Musical artists to help raise dollars for the Greater Cleveland COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund

Tune in to Fox 8 on Wednesday, April 15, from 7-8 p.m. for a one-hour special, Cleveland Rocks: From Our Living Rooms, featuring musical artists performing from their homes to help raise money for the Greater Cleveland COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund.

Artists scheduled to perform or appear include Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Alice Cooper and Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, as well as Jason MrazBen Folds with the Contemporary Youth OrchestraCleveland’s Own Michael StanleyEric Nolan of The O’Jay’sMadeline Finn and several other local favorites. The special will be presented with limited commercial interruption by Cross Country Mortgage.

Learn more about Cleveland Rocks: From Our Living Rooms and the important cause it’s supporting here.


How to request support from the Rapid Response Fund

Frontline nonprofits that have pressing needs related to the COVID-19 crisis response should email to receive more information about the streamlined funding process. The funding collaborative will continue to identify potential grantee partners, solicit guidance on proposed projects from community advisors, and recommend final awards. Organizations that have already submitted funding requests will remain in consideration for future grant distributions until further notice.

Based upon the charitable structure of the Rapid Response Fund, 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, such as schools, faith-based organizations and other public entities. The partners are not able to fund individuals or businesses directly, labor unions, or other 501(c)(4), 501(c)(5) and 501(c)(6) organizations.

Learn more about the Greater Cleveland COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund’s purpose, priorities and grantmaking process here.


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