CLEVELAND, OH – The City of Cleveland announced the organizations to receive the first round of Circular Cleveland Community Grants. A $40,771 fund was given to fourteen organizations within Cleveland and East Cleveland.
The grants were made possible with the partnership with Cleveland Neighborhood Progress, the City of Cleveland, Food Access Raises Everyone, and Neighborhood Connections.
Circular Cleveland is an initiative to encourage circular economy strategies and programs in Cleveland. The communities will earn benefits through programs that can reduce waste and pollution, support long-term use of products and materials, protect and restore natural systems. Especially when new job opportunities are also created.
The organizations that were chosen to contribute to Circular Cleveland missions received a total of $3000 each, except Clean Garbage Recycling and Old Brooklyn Recycles. The chosen projects were considered creative and suitable for the fund’s allocation.
For example, Africa House International from Hough Neighborhood will be commencing their “Reuse, Repurpose, and Recycle Art Fair”. The program recycles and reuses materials for arts through art-making sessions led by older artists.
Meanwhile, “Cleveland Sews the NFL Draft” by Cleveland Sew will be repurposing materials from the NFL Draft into products by involving underemployed sewists in the process.
The awardees were decided based on few indicators such as circular economy principles, relationships with the neighborhood, and the replicability level of each project proposed to the Circular Cleveland Grant Making Committee.
Circular Cleveland is supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation with a $476,000 fund for the initiative. The money is part of the foundation’s $3 million fund allocation for impactful ideas across the United States.
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