Gund Foundation Awards $11.8 Million to Ohio Nonprofits

The in Cleveland has announced ninety-six grants totaling $11.8 million to nonprofits working in the areas of the arts, community improvement, education, and the environment.

The grants include $100,000 to the in support of the organization's efforts to convert abandoned rail lines in the Cleveland-Pittsburgh corridor into a network of hiking trails; $100,000 to the in support of its ongoing efforts to reform Ohio's juvenile justice system; and $225,000 to the to staff up an effort to develop policies and a plan to provide arts education opportunities to all children in the district and facilitate partnerships with arts and cultural organizations interested in working in CMSD schools.

The foundation also awarded a grant of $19,570 to 's Urban Health Initiative to develop a data portal that will make community health information available to health officials, researchers, media, and citizens; and a grant of $50,000 to the to support the development of strategies and programs aimed at eliminating health disparities in the region.

Other grants announced by the foundation include $5 million to . in support of its renovation of Cleveland's Public Square into a park, plaza, and multi-use gathering space; $1 million to the for expenses related to its merger with the ; and $300,000 for the relocation of the .

"." George Gund Foundation Press Release 07/25/2014.