The Cleveland Foundation announced approval by its board of directors of a $190,000 grant to complete West Side Catholic Center’s Campaign for the Future. The award is part of $12.3 million in total grants awarded by the foundation in December, bringing its annual grantmaking to more than $100 million for the second consecutive year.
“This month’s grants emphasize the importance of providing crucial services and opportunities for our youth and marginalized residents,” said India Pierce Lee, Cleveland Foundation Senior Vice President for Program. “As the year comes to a close, we’re grateful to be able to support so many wonderful organizations that are making such a difference in Greater Cleveland.”
The funds will support construction of an elevator in West Side Catholic Center’s Economic Opportunities building, completing its Campaign for the Future which began in 2015 and featured renovations to the organization’s Resource Center, Moriah House and administrative offices. The project enabled by the Cleveland Foundation grant will provide for the expansion of workforce development services and ensure that all clients have access to program spaces.
“This gift is truly amazing. It is the largest grant of its kind in our center’s history, and will be used to help us offer a path to self-sufficiency to all who come to us in need,” said West Side Catholic Center Executive Director John Litten.