News June 6, 2024

The Saint Luke’s Awards $1,461,000 at its Q2 2024 Board Meeting

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The Saint Luke’s Foundation’s Awards $1,461,000 at Its Q2 2024 Board Meeting

 

Cleveland, OH – June 5, 2024 – The Board of Trustees of the Saint Luke’s Foundation has approved $1,461,000 in grants to eleven organizations during the second quarter board of trustees meeting. These investments advance the Foundation’s mission to achieve health equity by addressing social determinants of health, including educational attainment, financial stability, healthy eating and active living, safe and affordable housing, social connections, and the strengthening of the neighborhoods surrounding the former Saint Luke’s Hospital.

 

Second Quarter Board Grants include the following:

Art of Me Production – $60,000

This grant supports the Youth & Adult Story Workshop Series and Film Education Program and capacity building. Art of Me empowers young people to tell their stories through writing, film, and art, engaging thirty students and twenty-five adults from various southeast CMSD schools and community centers in creating stories that challenge social norms and presenting them on national platforms.

The Association of the African American Cultural Garden– $500,000 over 2 years

This African American Cultural Garden is a longstanding effort to honor and uplift the spirit of marginalized groups through healing justice. The grant over two years will be used to invest in the realized vision of the African American Cultural Garden space in the city of Cleveland.

Balance Point Studios – $92,500

Founded by Donald Black Jr. and Ali Black, Balance Point Studios will use this funding to install three new murals in the Saint Luke’s Foundation footprint neighborhoods and capacity building. These murals, designed to reflect positive images of African American youth and adults, will enhance the physical environment and promote social and emotional well-being.

Cleveland Neighborhood Progress Inc. – $250,000

This grant supports infrastructure development in the Southeast side, including capital investments in Shaker Square Plaza and expanding Community Development Corporations services in Mount Pleasant. This initiative aims to improve neighborhood revitalization and support financial stability and housing security.

Artha Woods Park – $58,500

This grant will support a collaborative effort to make capital improvements to Artha Woods Park, by enhancing the community space with several new amenities. Updates will include the installation of water features, new benches, a walking path, exercise equipment, and a commemorative plaque honoring Larry Doby, the first Black player in the American League.

EDWINS Leadership & Restaurant Institute – $60,000

EDWINS provides tuition-free culinary arts and hospitality management training to returning citizens. The grant will support the program’s goal of graduating 75 students in the coming fiscal year, enhancing alumni relations, and tracking long-term employment outcomes to foster financial stability for graduates.

Fairhill Partners – $125,000

Fairhill Partners connects people to lifelong learning and intergenerational relationships. The grant will fund capital improvements to Fairhill’s main building, ensuring a safe and comfortable environment for programming and affordable office space for small nonprofits and businesses.

Greater Cleveland Food Bank – $100,000

The Greater Cleveland Food Bank will use their grant to expand food pantry resources in Saint Luke’s footprint, innovate delivery methods for homebound seniors, and support community partner organizations with site capacity and equipment for efficient food distribution.

LegalWorks, Inc. – $40,000

LegalWorks provides low-cost legal representation for Cleveland residents, addressing criminal, civil, and probate issues. The grant will support office hours at the Mt. Pleasant library and three legal clinics, helping residents restore legal rights and improve their financial health and housing stability.

Policy Matters Ohio – $100,000

Policy Matters Ohio (PMO) will use the grant to promote policies that expand opportunities and reduce inequity and capacity building. Key focuses include protecting state income tax, redefining public safety, supporting fair school funding, advocating for worker rights, and researching criminal justice system fines and fees.

YWCA of Greater Cleveland – $75,000

The YWCA of Greater Cleveland, supported by a $75,000 grant, continues to drive impactful change through their public policy and advocacy initiatives, addressing critical social issues rooted in racism and injustice.

 

About Saint Luke’s Foundation:

The Saint Luke’s Foundation is dedicated to achieving health equity by addressing social determinants of health for people in neighborhoods surrounding Saint Luke’s and throughout Cuyahoga County. Saint Luke’s is committed to demonstrating grantmaking that is responsive to the community and believes that people thrive as a result of living free of racism and poverty and experiencing equitable economic opportunities and conditions that enable them to lead healthier lives. Since it was established with the charitable assets of the Saint Luke’s Medical Center in 1997, the Foundation has awarded over $170 million in grants. For more information on the work of Saint Luke’s Foundation, please visit saintlukesfoundation.org

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