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Nord Family Foundation awards $2.5 million in grants to local nonprofits

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AMHERST — The Nord Family Foundation met Feb. 23 and awarded $2.5 million in grants to nonprofits.

The Nord Family Foundation is a successor to the charitable trust originally established by Walter G. Nord in 1952.

The predecessor organization contributed more than $12 million to a variety of charitable causes between 1953 and 1988, primarily in Lorain County.

The foundation has contributed more than $128 million to nonprofit organizations in northern Ohio and selected geographic areas of family interest.

The foundation’s grant-making guidelines, prior news releases and Faces of Philanthropy videos are available at www.nordff.org. It accepts grant applications only online, accessible through the Information for Grantseekers tab on the website.

The foundation’s board of trustees will meet again in June.

The next deadline for consideration of online grant applications is April 1. Below are the grants that recently were awarded.

Arts and culture

  • Baldwin Wallace University in Berea — $30,000 in continued support for summer music program scholarships for Lorain County students
  • Cleveland Play House in Cleveland — $75,000 in continued support of Cleveland Play House education and engagement, over three years
  • Oberlin College in Oberlin — $25,000 in continued support of the Oberlin Summer Theater Festival
  • Spaces in Cleveland — $25,000 in continued support of general operations and implementation of strategic plan goals

Civic affairs

  • American Red Cross Lake Erie/Heartland Chapter in Elyria — $46,200 in support of a blood service vehicle
  • Amherst Downtown Betterment Association — $20,000 in continued support of general operations
  • Lorain Metropolitan Housing Authority— $50,000 in support of project-based vouchers
  • Main Street Oberlin Inc. in Oberlin — $15,000 in support of general operations
  • The Nord Family Foundation Initiative in Amherst — $150,000 in support of piloting a new transportation model for Lorain County
  • Vocational Guidance Services in Cleveland — $150,000 in support of VGS Elyria Center renovations, over three years

Education

  • Center for Effective Philanthropy Inc. in Cambridge, Massachussetts — $148,000 toward general operations and continued support of Student Voice in Ohio Schools, over two years
  • Common Ground in Oberlin — $45,000 for summer programming
  • Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park in Peninsula — $15,000 toward the Career Academy for high school students
  • Effective Leadership Academy in Warrensville Heights — $80,000 toward Lorain County youth leadership programming, over two years
  • Friends of Breakthrough Schools in Cleveland — $150,000 toward high-quality education for Cleveland students, over three years
  • Lake Erie Ink in Cleveland Heights — $10,000 in continued support for Teen Ink and staff development
  • Lorain Lighthouse United Methodist Church in Lorain — $12,000 in continued support of Camp I.D.E.A.S. (Individually Developed Educational Activities in the Summertime)
  • The Ohio Foundation of Independent Colleges Inc. in Columbus — $50,000 in continued support of The Nord Family Foundation Scholarship Program
  • Save Our Children of Elyria Inc. — $50,000 in support of after-school and summer programs for kindergarten through 12th grade
  • Teach For America Inc. in Cleveland — $100,000 in continued support of Teach for America in Lorain County

Health and social services

  • Blessing House in Lorain — $60,000 in continued support of the children’s crisis care center and family support
  • Domestic Violence and Child Advocacy Center in Cleveland — $20,000 in continued support of safe and sound supervised visitation center
  • Emerald Development and Economic Network Inc. in Cleveland — $60,000 in continued support of general operations, over two years
  • Empowering and Strengthening Ohios People (ESOP) in Cleveland — $30,000 in support of the Senior Financial Empowerment Initiative
  • Kinnect in Cleveland — $50,000 in support of improving outcomes for Lorain County children and families who experience foster care
  • Let’s Get Real Inc. in Lorain — $15,000 in support of outreach and intake services for people moving from addiction to detoxification to recovery
  • Lorain County Health and Dentistry in Lorain — $33,500 in support of embedding a primary care provider at The Nord Center
  • Lorain County Safe Harbor/Genesis House in Lorain — $75,000 in continued support of the community education program
  • Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry in Cleveland — $25,000 in continued support of guardianship services to indigent, incompetent vulnerable adults in Lorain County
  • MedWish International in Cleveland — $50,000 in continued support of the medical surplus recovery program and new hires
  • New Agrarian Center in Oberlin — $25,000 in support of addressing food deserts, City Fresh style
  • Oberlin Community Services Council in Oberlin — $60,000 in continued support of general operations
  • The Road to Hope Inc. in Elyria — $60,000 in continued support of general operations and a housing pilot
  • Soul to Sole Inc. in Avon — $15,000 in continued support of general operations
  • West Side Catholic Center in Cleveland — $15,000 in continued support of resource center programming

Other

  • The Foundation Center in Cleveland — $5,000 in support of the continued development and implementation of “In The Community Lorain County.”
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