Our Recent Grantmaking


2022 Neighborhood Opportunity Grants
  • $10,000 to The Literacy Cooperative to support Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library program in Lakewood by providing free books to enrolled children from birth through age 5.
  • $10,000 to Gigi’s Playhouse Cleveland to support GiGiFIT which supports participants with Down syndrome to be more independent and confident in their abilities while improving their strength and health.
  • $10,000 to the HELP Foundation, Inc. to provide exercise opportunities at the Lakewood YMCA and cooking and nutrition education to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities at the Lakewood Adult Day Services program.
  • $10,000 to Trials for Hope for community meals, basic care items, and outreach to unsheltered people to provide basic services to vulnerable populations.
  • $10,500 to Lakewood Outdoor Basketball Committee (LOBC) for the Youth Mentor and Violence Prevention Program at the Lakewood public basketball courts.
  • $9,800 to H20 “Help to Others” for the HOME ALONE program, a safety course for Lakewood youth ages 9-12 and an adult caregiver.
  • $9,500 to the City of Lakewood Department of Human Services to start a composting and education program at Cove Community Center.
  • $7,000 to Lakewood Young Filmmakers Academy to support the production of a streaming TV program that will offer educational socially conscious episodes written and produced by youth for youth.
  • $5,250 to Lakewood Black Caucus to build capacity, allyship and support for the mental health of black residents in Lakewood.
  • $5,000 to Beck Center for the Arts to support the Super Saturday @ Beck Center for the Arts programming.
  • $5,000 to the Family Room, a program of the City of Lakewood’s Department of Human Services, for the New Parent Support Group, providing feeding, lactation, and general care support to families of infants and babies.
  • $5,000 to Lakewood High School Student Philanthropy Club to teach and engage high school students in philanthropy, empowering their decision-making and engagement in the Lakewood community.
  • $3,150 to GardenWalk Lakewood to promote the beautification of neighborhoods, spread gardening knowledge, and inspire home gardeners in the community.
  • $3,150 to Friends of Madison Park for the Little Free Locker Room of shared playground equipment and the community garden at Madison Park.
2022 Community Grants

1-year funding:

  • $6,000 to the Lakewood Public Library to offer Connecting for Kids programming (serving families in Northeast Ohio with concerns about their child) at the Main and Madison Branch Libraries.
  • $8,000 to the Lakewood City Schools Community Recreation and Education Department to provide free swimming lessons through its Learn-to-Swim program to families experiencing economic barriers and to increase access to swim programs for English Language Learning families.
  • $10,000 to Reach Out and Read Greater Cleveland to support evidence-based literacy programming during child wellness visits embedded in three Lakewood pediatric practices.
  • $10,300 to Madison Court Community Coalition (MC3) for planned community events at the Madison Court Basketball and to create a paid student internship position to increase programming capacity.
  • $15,000 to LakewoodAlive to support Project Safe Senior, including the installation of Knox Boxes to increase safety for older adult residents.
  • $20,000 to Emerald Development & Economic Network, EDEN, Inc. (EDEN) to improve incentives, resources, and relationships with Lakewood landlords with the goal of increasing affordable housing options for home insecure and disabled community members.
  • $25,000 to the West 117th Foundation, Inc. to support the development of the LGBTQIA+ Youth Sports League to create inclusive and affirming sports programming for Northeast Ohio LGBTQIA+ identifying youth.
  • $25,000 to Youth Opportunities Unlimited (YOU) for the Lakewood Summer Youth Employment Program that secures and mentors high school students in meaningful and skill-building summer employment.
  • $39,155 to the Lakewood Community Services Center (LCSC)  for its Summer Lunch and Enrichment Program that addresses food insecurity during summer months for low-income families and creates socialization, education, and recreational opportunities for children.
  • $40,000 to Neighborhood Family Practice to support a patient advocate at the North Coast Community Health Center to identify and remove barriers to increase access to care, enhance the overall quality of care delivered, and to improve health outcomes.

2-year funding:

  • $30,000 to Asian Services in Action, Inc. (ASIA) over two years for support to immigrant and refugee residents in Lakewood through food resources, public benefit enrollment assistance, translation services, and case management.
  • $80,000 over two years to the Legal Aid Society of Cleveland for legal assistance for issues related to health, safety, and economic security with special focus given to older adults.
2022 System-Level Grants
  • $69,865 for capacity building support for the Neighborhood Paramedic Program of the City of Lakewood to provide a proactive care through EMS home visits to prevent trip-and-fall situations of senior citizens within their residencies.
2022 Covid-Response Funding
  • $10,000 to Connecting for Kids (CFK) for a community research project conducted in collaboration with Lakewood area organizations. CFK seeks to understand the needs of and increase access to programming and services for families of children who have disabilities, mental health issues and/or barriers to learning after programming disruptions due to the pandemic.
  • $10,000 to Lakewood City Schools to continue support of the Coordinated Care Project to offer individualized support to families experiencing barriers and lack of access to basic needs.
  • $5,000 to Lakewood Charitable Assistance Corporation to support the community-based 2022 Holiday Food Drive.
  • $55,000 to Lakewood Community Services Center for food assistance for Lakewood residents in 2022 and 2023
2022 Additional Funding
Grants Awarded 2021
  • $15,000 to Asian Services in Action, Inc. (ASIA) for COVID-related relief for Lakewood residents who are immigrants or refugees.
  • $4,000 to the Barton Senior Center for an internet connectivity pilot for senior residents of the Westerly apartments.
  • $1,000 to LakewoodAlive for safe outdoor children’s play area during Light Up Lakewood event.
  • $15,000 to Lakewood City Schools to support the Coordinated Care Project to offer individualized support to families experiencing barriers and lack of access to basic needs.
  • $35,000 to Lakewood Community Services Center for food assistance for Lakewood residents for the period of February through June 2021.
  • $30,000 to the Legal Aid Society of Cleveland for services and outreach to Lakewood residents.
  • $56,038 to Ohio Guidestone to provide wraparound student mental health support in Lakewood City Schools
  • $16,650 to the West 117 Foundation for strategic planning process for newly formed Board of Directors for 3-5 year organizational and program planning during and emerging from the Covid pandemic.
  • $25,000 to the YMCA of Greater Cleveland to support capacity to provide school-day care for Lakewood’s elementary school-age children while learning is remote or hybrid for the period of January through March 2021.
Grants Awarded in 2020