2016 Grant Recipients

Leg Up for Cleveland's Kids (LUCK)
Leg Up For Cleveland’s Kids (LUCK) is a program through the Chagrin Valley Professional Horsemen’s Association. LUCK addresses vulnerable teens with structured opportunities to keep them safe, provide education and responsibilities with specific programs with care of horses, build social skills, and foster better relationships with law enforcement.
Cleveland Housing Network
The Cleveland Housing Network mission is to build strong families and vibrant neighborhoods through quality affordable housing and strengthened financial stability.
CHN’s Lease Purchase Program is a single-family affordable housing program that goes beyond bricks and mortar to help low-income families achieve stability, work toward self-sufficiency, and ultimately achieve home ownership. We maximize outcomes for families by meeting them where they are in their journey toward stability and self-sufficiency. 
College Now of Greater Cleveland
College Now helps students as early as middle and high school students as well as adult learners achieve their dreams of going to and succeeding in certificate, two-year and four-year degree programs.

They reach over 25,000 students and adult learners per year, providing college access success advising, financial aid counseling and scholarship and retention services. Many of their students are from low-income families and are first-generation college students.


Hunger Network of Greater Cleveland
The mission of the Hunger Network of Greater Cleveland is to reduce hunger in our community by providing food and linkages to other vital services for hungry people, especially children and families by actively participating in a coordinated response to people in need.
Hunger and food insecurity continue to impact the residents of Cuyahoga County. One in three people live in poverty and one in six children are food-insecure. Today, due in large part to cuts in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the need for emergency food remains high in our county. 
Junior Achievement
Our mission is to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy.
Our vision is to be recognized by businesses, educators, and policy makers as the thought leader and deliverer of relevant, responsive, and innovative programs which build young people's capacity to spur economic development and contribute to Cleveland's global competitiveness. 
Our three pillars are career readiness, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy.  All of our programs focus on one or more of these three essential economic elements.  
As the JA office based in downtown Cleveland, we work throughout Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, and Lorain Counties.  Our programs allow us to serve students during their entire school careers, from kindergarten all the way up to 12th grade.
Kent State University Rural Road Scholars Program
The Rural Scholars Program will offer extended college access support to selected students across the K-16 continuum in Columbiana County, making the excellence characteristic of a Kent education accessible to students of all ages. Our goal is to ensure that students who participate in our program attend and complete their chosen course of study in college or other post-secondary training, ultimately reinvesting their energies and talents in the local community.
Objective is to increase High school graduation rate, enhance college readiness and improve college success. This is a 6-year program that begins in middle school. If the student completes the 6-year program and graduates high school, they are eligible for a college scholarship. 
Make-A-Wish - Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana
Tens of thousands of volunteers, donors and supporters advance the Make-A-Wish® vision to grant the wish of every child diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition. In the United States and its territories, on average, a wish is granted every 35 minutes. We believe a wish experience can be a game-changer. This one belief guides us and inspires us to grant wishes that change the lives of the kids and families we serve.
Mobile Meals
Family & Community Services, Inc. is currently one of the largest social service agencies in Northeast Ohio and has spent the past 70 years helping individuals of all ages, from providing life’s basic needs – food, clothing and shelter – to counseling and mentoring services. Mobile Meals, Inc. has been providing meals and nutritional services for over forty-five years across five counties in Northeast Ohio.
Mobile Meals a not-for-profit service organization with approximately 65 staff members and 200 volunteers serving people of all ages and economic circumstances throughout Northeast Ohio. Mobile Meals staff and volunteers provide an average of 2600 meals and supplements each day to people in their homes and at dining centers. Clients include people of all ages.
Stepstone Academy
Our Mission
The mission of our school is to provide the highest quality education for students that fosters lifelong learning and prepares students to graduate from college and become productive, involved citizens
Our Vision
We foster a lifelong love of learning, and inspire in each student the goal of graduating from college as well as the values of academic achievement and participatory citizenship.