Community West Foundation approved $ 785,000 in first quarter grants to nonprofit agencies that provide food or refugee services located in Cleveland, western Cuyahoga and Lorain counties, according to a news release.
An additional $ 178,000 was distributed through its Community Impact Fund bringing the total to $ 963,000, the release said.
The Community Impact Fund was established for donors who wanted to invest alongside Community West’s mission knowing that contributions would be distributed directly to grantees quarterly.
Community West Foundation announced in December it was reorganizing its grant cycle process for 2022 focusing on specific areas of its mission.
For the first quarter, the foundation fielded applications from organizations that focus on water access and hunger elimination as well as those that aid its refugee and immigrant neighbors, the release said.
Grants were awarded to:
• Second Harvest Food Bank of North Central Ohio, $ 85,000
• Beyond the Walls Food Pantry in Elyria, $ 10,000
• Village Project in Bay Village, $ 40,000
• Westlake United Methodist Church – Food Pantries, $ 20,000
• West Shore Meals on Wheels in Rocky River, $ 10,000
Recipients also included Building Hope in the City, Catholic Charities Office of Migration and Refugee Services, CHN Housing Partners (Water Champions), Drink Local Drink Tap, Greater Cleveland Food Bank, Hunger Network, ID Crisis Collaborative, Joshua and Caleb Leadership Center, Refugee Services Collaborative, Society of St. Vincent de Paul Food Centers, The Refugee Response, Trials for Hope, US Committee for Refugees & Immigrants, Village Project and Youth Bee Works.
Four additional nonprofit agencies outside of the focus area were funded after being deferred at the end of 2021.
They are: Cleveland Christian Home, Linking Employment Abilities and Potential, Safe Families for Children Alliance and Transformations by Cleveland Angels.
The other quarterly grantmaking focus-areas for 2022 include:
• Second Quarter: Housing and homeless services; incarcerated or those who are re-entering society.
• Third Quarter: Mental / physical health programming; services for the disabled; addiction treatment and recovery.