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Smart Development Inc.

In Spring 2021, Smart Development Inc, was given a $20,000 grant from the McGregor Foundation. Smart Development was established in 2018, focusing on serving Cuyahoga County and specifically Refugees, Immigrants, and racial and ethnic minorities in need. Smart Development helps provide proper resources, language assistance, and overall help navigating different needs. Smart Development works to help its senior citizens, specifically to improve their quality of life, whether that is the digital divde many experiences, language barriers, risk of COVID19 exposure, or more. Smart Development is focused on providing culturally competent services to help make the aging transitions for their seniors as smooth as possible.

Throughout the COVID19 pandemic, Smart Development was able to provide daily check-ins making sure that their community members were safe at home and attempted to combat the loneliness that many seniors felt. With the McGregor grant, Smart Development is able to have specific and holistic care for their senior community, on top of being able to maintain staff to help seniors navigate life.

Mental Health & Addiction Advocacy Coalition (MHAC)

The Mental Health and Addiction Advocacy Coalition (MHAC) fosters education and awareness of mental health and addiction issues while advocating for public policies and strategies that support effective, well-funded services, systems, and supports for those in need, resulting in stronger Ohio communities. MHAC works with seniors at the local and state level focuses how policy can impact older persons. They participate in initiatives that address the needs of older adults.

The Covid-19 pandemic has changed how MHAC operates, turning the focus within organizations and the impact on how it serves clients. MHAC created training videos that are available nationwide to help anyone understand the unique behavioral needs of older adults provided for a modest fee. MHAC strives to educate the public and spread awareness of behavioral mental health issues that many people face.


2022 Grant Recipients

Fall Recipients TBA

Grant Recipient Amount
All Faiths Pantry

To provide home delivery of groceries to seniors

$15,000
Asian Services in Action

To increase virtual mental health support among seniors

$20,000
The Center for Community SOlutions

For the Council on Older Persons

$17,500
Cleveland Hearing & Speech Center

To provide hearing aids and audiology services to low-income seniors

$10,000
Community Partnership on Aging

For Nutrition 360

$24,600
Cuyahoga Land Bank Charities

To provide health/safety home repairs to East Cleveland seniors

$25,000
Enterprise Community Partners

To promote local and state policy

$10,000
Greater Cleveland Food Bank

For senior nutrition initiatives

$25,000
Greater Cleveland Volunteers

For Chat Pals

$15,000
Karamu House

To provide tap dancing classes for seniors

$10,000
The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland

To provide legal services for vulnerable seniors

$40,000
Northeast Ohio Alliance for Hope

For operating support

$15,000
Northwest Neighborhoods CDC

For the senior home repair assistance program

$25,000
Prevent Blindness

For HealthyEyes, to provide access to free eyeglasses and direct vision services to seniors

$10,000
Senior Citizen Resources, Inc.

For operating support

$25,000
Slavic Village Development

For the senior home stability initiative

$25,000
Thea Bowman Center

For senior outreach and programming

$25,000
Ursuline Piazza

For social connections for seniors living with HIV

$10,000

2021 Grant Recipients

Grant Recipient Amount
Business Volunteers Unlimited

For capacity building services for nonprofits

$10,000
East Cleveland Public Library

To educate seniors through the mobile outreach digital literacy program

$20,000
Greater Cleveland Neighborhood Centers

For IConnect

$40,000
The Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Community Center of Greater Cleveland

To provide social support programming and advocacy

$25,000
Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry

For guardianship services 

$40,000
Mental Health & Addiction Advocacy Coalition

For advocacy and research to increase access to behavioral health services for seniors

$10,000
St. Martin DePorres High School

For the Work Study Program

$20,000
Union Miles Development Corporation

For the senior home repair program

$20,000
United Way of Greater Cleveland

For 2-1-1 HelpLink: Helping seniors find resources for their needs

$10,000
University Settlement

To provide senior programming and capital campaign support

$50,000
West Park Kamms Neighborhood Development

For the senior home repair program

$15,000
West Side Community House

For the Healthy Bodies-Healthy Minds program

$25,000

Grant Recipient Amount
All Faiths Pantry For the home grocery delivery program $15,000
The Center for Community Solutions For the Council on Older Persoons $17,500
Cleveland Hearing & Speech Center To provide hearing aids and audiology services to Seniors $20,000
Fairfax Renaissance Development Corporation For Griot Village Housing Support Services $30,000
Grantmakers in Aging For the 2021 Virtual Conference $30,000
Greater Cleveland Food Bank For the Senior Nutrition Initiatives $50,000
The Legal Aid Society To provide civil legal services to Seniors $50,000
Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry

For Guardianship Services

$40,000
May Dugan Center For capital support $25,000
May Dugan Center For Senior health and wellness programming $25,000
Neighborhood Connections For Senior-serving programming in Cleveland and East Cleveland $50,000
Slavic Village Development Corporation For the Senior Homes Stability Initiative $20,000
Smart Development, Inc. To provide programming for Senior Refugees and Immigrants $20,000
Ursuline Piazza For programming for Seniors living with HIV $10,000
West Side Community House

For the Healthy Bodies-Healthy Minds program

$0

2020 Grant Recipients

Grant Recipient Amount
Business Volunteers Unlimited

For Capacity Building Services for Nonprofits

$10,000
Community Partnership on Aging

To reduce isolation through the IConnect pilot project

$18,400
Detroit Shoreway Community Development Organization

For the senior home repair program 

$20,000
Enterprise Community Partners

For state and local policy and advocacy for low-income seniors

$10,000
Famicos Foundation

to provide broadband access and digital education to seniors

$25,000
Greater Cleveland Neighborhood Centers

For IConnect - connecting seniors to experiences and opportunities

$35,000
Greater Cleveland Volunteers

For the Community Cares Friendly Caller program 

$10,000
Jennings Center for Older Adults

For the Bridges Out of Poverty Career program 

$25,000
The Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Community Center of Greater Cleveland

For services and advocacy for LGBT elders

$25,000
Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry

For guardianship services for vulnerable seniors

$40,000
Mental Health & Addiction Advocacy Coalition

For policy and advocacy work related to older adults

$7,500
Northeast Ohio Alliance for Hope

For operating support

$30,000
Senior Citizen Resources, Inc.

For senior programming

$25,000
Senior Transportation Connection

For a local match to purchase a vehicle

$20,000
Thea Bowman Center

For senior programming

$18,000
Union Miles Development Corporation

For the senior home repair program

$20,000
University Settlement

For senior programming

$25,000
West Park Kamms Neighborhood Development

For the senior home repair program 

$10,000
West Side Community House

For the Healthy Bodies-Healthy Minds program 

$25,000

Grant Recipient Amount
All Faiths Pantry

For grocery delivery for seniors

$12,000
The Center for Community Solutions

For the Council on Older Persons

$8,750
Fairfax Renaissance Development Corporation

For supportive services for seniors at Griot Village

$20,000
Greater Cleveland Food Bank

For the senior nutrition initiatives

$50,000
The Legal Aid Society

For the Elder Law Project to provide legal assistance, education, and advocacy

$50,000
May Dugan Center

For senior health and wellness programming

$20,000

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