Callahan Foundation Announces Fall 2017 Grant Recipients

The Callahan Foundation is pleased to announce it has awarded $160,500 to 12 Northeast Ohio nonprofits in its fall grant cycle. These organizations embody the Callahan Foundation’s mission, demonstrating superior leadership and creating value for those in need through programs in higher education, the arts and social services.

Cleveland Council on World Affairs: A first-time grant recipient, the Cleveland Council on World Affairs was awarded $5,000 for their growing Model United Nations program, which brings world affairs alive through trainings, workshops and conferences for participants from more than 50 Northeast Ohio schools each year.

Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM): Awarded $8,000 towards their Annual Fund, enabling the yearly operation of the school, its many programs and scholarships, and to further support the organization’s mission of empowering the world’s most talented classical music students to fulfill their dreams and potential.

Cleveland International Film Festival (CIFF): As presenting sponsor, the Callahan Foundation awarded CIFF $30,000 to enhance the Roxanne T. Mueller (RTM) Audience Choice Award for Best Film, IFF’s most prestigious and internationally acclaimed honor recognizing impactful filmmakers.

Cleveland Print Room (CPR): Awarded $10,000 for support toward operating costs, helping CPR build organizational capacity, fulfill staffing needs, and more fully serve the community by providing workshops, classes and gallery access to students with a desire and commitment to study the art of film photography.

CWRU Research ShowCASE: Case Western Reserve University’s celebrated, daylong research presentation fair, showcasing cutting-edge research done across the university, was awarded $25,000.

FIRST Robotics: FIRST is a competitive-based education program where students design, build, program, and compete as a team using robots to solve new challenges every year. The program was awarded $10,000 for their Buckeye Regional High School Robotics Competition.

Circle Health Services (formerly The Free Clinic): Awarded $10,000 towards general operating costs to support the uncompensated care for uninsured/underinsured patients and help sustain overall infrastructure while CHS responds to the growing and more complex healthcare needs of patients.

LAND Studio: A first-time grant recipient, LAND studio’s mission is to create places and connect people through public art, sustainable building and design, collaborative planning, and dynamic programming. The studio was awarded $10,000 towards planning efforts for the development of a series of innovative active spaces that will provide amenities for youth and their families living in downtown Cleveland and surrounding neighborhoods.

LifeAct: LifeAct brings life-affirming messages and practical assistance to Northeast Ohio teens and youth through its two school-based programs, RTDPS (high school) and UROK (middle school). The organization was awarded $7,500 to support these programs, considered the only real-time, in-classroom suicide prevention programs offered in Ohio for adolescents.

Recovery Resources: Awarded $15,000 to help fund a pilot program, in partnership with the Cleveland Police, providing alcohol and drug prevention education for school-aged children, direct response access to area foot patrols, and to train police officers in mental health first aid. The pilot project will track recidivism, improve referral and access to care, and create a culture through foot patrol that encourages being proactive in identifying people who may be having mental health crisis, and providing de-escalation tactics and preventing arrest.

The Sculpture Center: Awarded $20,000 for general operating support and for the Cleveland Sculptors Network (CSN), a collaborative effort which brings artists to Cleveland to engage with local sculptors through collective discussions and public panel talks.

Towards Employment: Towards Employment, a community-based workforce organization assisting disadvantaged adults, was awarded $10,000 to support their Reentry Career Pathway program, which provides job preparation, job placement, job retention and career advancement services for individuals with criminal backgrounds living near or below poverty, unemployed or in low-wage jobs, with limited work history, unstable housing, and/or limited education.