The ultimate goal is to have the Center finally own a permanent space.

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CLEVELAND -- The LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland has received to awards that total $2.3 million. It comes in two portions -- $1.8 million from an anonymous donor for a new facility, staffing and programming; and the second part is $500,000 from the Maltz Family Foundation that is specifically to maintain a new facility owned by the center.

The LGBT Center of Greater Cleveland is the third-oldest in the country, having served the local lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender community since 1975

The Maltz portion is a matching donation, so the center must also raise $500,000.

The ultimate goal is to have the Center finally own a permanent space.

The LGBT Center started as the Gay Education and Awareness Foundation in 1975. It has been in its current home on Detroit Road in Gordon Square since 2000, but has always rented its space.

Its current lease is up in July 2016 and they are already exploring options for a permanent home.

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