2014 Grant Recipients
Literacy Network of Greater Cincinnati ($109,000 Grant)
Project: The Basic Literacy Program Expansion: Adult and Children. The grant will be used to reach new under-served audiences with literacy programs via opening of new hubs in Avondale and Price Hill.
Through The Basic Literacy Program Expansion, Impact 100’s grant will be used to reach new underserved audiences with literacy programs via opening of new hubs in Avondale and Price Hill. Expanding their services to include four brand new sessions for adult and children in these two communities will support children with an average increase of two grade levels in reading ability, and adults in meeting a fourth grade reading level, and then assigned a “Next Step Game Plan” counselor. Literacy Network will leverage this expansion to open 3-5 more hub locations by 2020.
Price Hill Will ($109,000 Grant)
Project: MY Cincinnati (“Music for Youth”) Program. The grant will expand the capacity of the program by doubling the hours and expanding the ages of children served through its classical music program.
Price Hill Will’s MYCincinnati (“Music for Youth”) Program is a free youth orchestra program in Price Hill inspired by El Sistema which believes that personal transformation can be achieved by striving towards musical excellence.
Impact 100’s grant will expand the capacity of the program by doubling the hours of programming (growing to 20 hours/week), expanding the ages of children served through its classical music program, and reducing the wait-list. Through the offering of higher level programs, older children can participate in chamber ensembles and mentoring of younger students. Over three years, MYCincinnati will expand its concert performances to 22 by 2017 and will have performed to over 6,000 concert attendees.
Community Matters ($109,000 Grant)
Project: The Washing Well Program. The grant will fund the building of a community laundromat in the Community Matters complex to allow Lower Price Hill residents access to laundry facilities, which are not currently available in the area
Community Matters’ goal is to remove barriers to opportunity so that we can develop community with our neighbors. With the outfitting of a brand new community laundromat called the Washing Well, they will lease and install washers and dryers, hire a part-time worker from Lower Price Hill community through the social enterprise, and serve 300 families over two years through a dignified laundry space. In engaging the local community, they will connect 150 individuals to other opportunities and wraparound services offered through Community Matters’ Opportunity Connector. Earned revenue from the laundry, as well as laundry bag sales in the community, will help sustain the Washing Well.
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