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Greater Cleveland COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund awards $346,750

Contributions to the second phase of the Greater Cleveland COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund have already exceeded $3.2 million.
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CLEVELAND — The Greater Cleveland COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund has announced its second cycle of biweekly grants within Phase II efforts to support the nonprofit community during the coronavirus pandemic.

This latest round totaled $346,750 that was given to 11 organizations and groups that serve Cuyahoga, Lake and Geauga counties.

Here’s how the grants were awarded:

- Cleveland Kosher Food Pantry ($15,000): To continue to meet the increased demand for delivery of culturally sensitive meals for seniors and low-income families in eastern Cuyahoga County

- Denison Avenue United Church of Christ ($14,000): To allow for the expansion of shelter service through April, while also continuing food distribution to shut-ins and hot meals for small groups of youth on Cleveland’s near west side

- The Edna House for Women ($15,000): To continue to provide shelter, housing and sobriety services for women recovering from drug and alcohol addiction in Cuyahoga County, including the purchase of tablets to allow for group meeting participation while quarantining

- Greater Cleveland Congregations ($50,000): To work in conjunction with UnitedHealthcare to bring COVID-19 testing sites to the Slavic Village, Lee-Harvard and Glenville neighborhoods for four weeks, while also developing a process to follow up with people who test positive for COVID-19 at these testing sites to ensure they can isolate safely without transmitting the virus to other family members

- Heights Christian Church ($27,000): To continue to support collaboration with other churches and community organizations as part of the Unity in the Community food pantry program, which addresses food insecurity for nearly 200 households in Cleveland’s east side neighborhoods

- May Dugan Center ($45,000): To hire a Spanish-speaking mental health counselor, while continuing to support the organization’s drive-through food distribution service and victim service programs in Cuyahoga County

- Neighborhood Connections ($121,500): To provide grants ranging from $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, safe shelter, and to reduce social isolation. Since receiving its first round of funding on April 10, Neighborhood Connections has awarded $648,627 to 199 groups and organizations.

- St. Aloysius Catholic Church ($10,000): To support the organization’s outreach to senior citizens as well as homebound residents and families dealing with food insecurity in the Collinwood, Glenville and St. Clair-Superior neighborhoods

- Salaam Clinic of Cleveland ($13,000): To purchase PPE and infection control equipment and to expand telehealth services so that the clinic can continue providing health care services to the uninsured and underinsured population of Northeast Ohio

- SMART Recovery ($26,250): To continue to provide tools and peer support for individuals and their families dealing with addiction across Cuyahoga, Lake and Geauga counties

- Zion Hill Baptist Church ($10,000): To continue to provide healthy meals and snacks to senior citizens in the Mt. Pleasant neighborhood

“Awards range in size from $5,000 to $100,000, with a maximum grant amount of $100,000 for any nonprofit organization throughout the next cycle, ending Oct. 31, 2021,” officials said in a press release.

Contributions in phase II have already exceeded $3.2 million, officials noted Tuesday.

"Funding partners urge other foundations, corporate entities, individuals and organizations to contribute to the Fund. Donations of any amount are welcomed, and all contributions are tax deductible."

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