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The Cleveland Foundation Awards More Than $8 Million in Grants.

CLEVELAND, Sept. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- At its third quarter meeting today, The Cleveland Foundation's board of directors approved $8,386,992 in grants to local nonprofit organizations.

The largest grant of the quarter was awarded to Cleveland Scholarship Programs (CSP). The $300,000 grant will provide scholarship assistance to 50 students in CSP's Adult Learner Program, which helps individuals over age 25 pursue a college education. The scholarships, as with all CSP awards, are "last-dollar grants," which help close the gap between a student's actual costs of attending college and funds that are available from other sources.

The board also approved a $203,000 grant to the Cleveland Heights - University Heights City School District to support the Ohio High School Transformation Initiative (OHSTI). OHSTI is an effort to create new small schools and convert large, urban high schools into smaller schools within the existing facility. The effort seeks to benefit from the advantages of small- school learning environments, including improved teaching and learning. The Foundation's grant is partial match funding to the nearly $1.6 million the District received from the KnowledgeWorks Foundation, which is the local coordinator of the OHSTI program initiated by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

The Hitchcock Center for Women, Inc. received a $229,000 grant to develop a comprehensive data management system that will allow the agency to bill, track and manage data, which it currently does manually. The Center, operating in Cuyahoga County, provides residential and outpatient treatment for chemically dependent women.

John Carroll University received a $135,000 grant for the Carroll- Cleveland Philosophers' Program. The Program, housed at John Carroll University, provides a small, intensive learning experience for court adjudicated seventh and eighth grade students from the Cleveland Municipal School District. The Program serves approximately 20 at-risk students each academic year.

Case Western Reserve University's (CWRU) School of Dentistry received a $121,000 grant for its oral health education program for kindergarten and first grade students in the Cleveland Municipal School District. Through the program, Healthy Smiles, Bright Futures, students in the dental school and dental hygiene program perform dental exams, apply dental sealants to permanent molars, refer students to community dentists as needed, and provide education on the importance of oral health. Additionally, the program provides CWRU students with real life experience and involvement in the community.

To review the full list of grants approved by The Cleveland Foundation's board of directors, please visit http://www.clevelandfoundation.org/ .

The Cleveland Foundation, a public charity dedicated to enhancing the quality of life in Greater Cleveland, is the original and second-largest community foundation in the nation. Its establishment in 1914 is cited as one of 10 events that most heavily influenced the development of the nonprofit sector in the 20th Century and it continues to be a leader in its field. The Foundation has assets of approximately $1.3 billion and in 2002 awarded more than $74 million in grants and low-cost loans to Cleveland area nonprofit organizations.

The Cleveland Foundation is made up of more than 800 funds created by individuals, families, organizations and corporations. It offers donors of all means the opportunity to have a lasting impact on their community while maximizing income, gift and estate tax benefits.

For more information about the organization, visit http://www.clevelandfoundation.org/ .

CONTACT: Rick Batyko of The Cleveland Foundation, +1-216-615-7192

Web site: http://www.clevelandfoundation.org/
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