Cleveland Neighborhood Progress awards $4.2M in grants with three-year initiative

ohio-city-view-09-20-15.jpgBob Perkoski

Beginning in July, Cleveland Neighborhood Progress (CNP) will invest a total of $4.2 million in twelve community development corporations (CDCs) over the next three years. The Strategic Investment Initiative (SII) includes nine awards, three of which are collaborative efforts. The funding will have a direct impact on 16 Cleveland neighborhoods.

“These critical investments will help improve neighborhoods across the city," said Joel Ratner, CNP president and CEO in a statement. "We look forward to working with our grantees as they develop work plans and implement the strategies they presented to the committee."

The following grants will be administered annually through 2020:

Detroit Shoreway Community Development Organization and Metro West Community Development Corporation, $220,000

Ohio City, Inc. and Tremont West Development Corporation, $215,000

Famicos Foundation, $200,000

Burten Bell Carr Development, $200,000

Northeast Shores Development Corporation, $140,000

Slavic Village Development, $125,000

St. Clair Superior Development Corporation and Collinwood Nottingham Villages Development Corporation, $100,000

Old Brooklyn Community Development Corporation, $100,000

– Lee-Harvard Community Collaborative, $100,000

“We are also excited to invest in neighborhoods on the southeast side of Cleveland through our new capacity investment in the Lee-Harvard Community Partnership,” added Colleen Gilson, vice president of CDC Advancement for CNP. "This partnership is the result of a visioning and planning process supported by City of Cleveland Councilman Terrell Pruitt that will bring a dedicated community development entity into the neighborhood.”

CNP received a total of 14 proposals from a 23 CDCs for this competitive funding program. Senior staff reviewed proposals and recommended finalists to the organization’s SII Advisory Committee. Last month, that committee hosted two days of presentations during which the finalists highlighted the comprehensive community development goals and strategies they will employ during the 2017-2020 program cycle. CNP's board of directors’ final decision on funding was informed by the scoring process performed by the SII Advisory Committee.

“These selected CDCs will be taking on important work city-wide and we look forward to working with them as they implement community development strategies in their neighborhoods,” added Gilson of the SII recipients.

Over the past 10 years, CNP has committed more than $15 million to Cleveland CDCs via the SII program, funding for which is provided by the Cleveland Foundation, the George Gund Foundation, the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Foundation, and Enterprise Community Partners.

Cleveland Neighborhood Progress is part of Fresh Water's underwriting support network.