The City of Cleveland’s Cable Television Minority Arts and Education Fund

Next Available Funding Period: 1/1/18 – 9/30/18

Application Deadline:  November 6, 2017


The City of Cleveland’s Cable Television Minority Arts and Education Fund (MAEF), a supporting organization of the Cleveland Foundation, was established in 1994 to provide for the planning, preparation, production, and/or presentation of cultural, educational, and scientific programs and projects which promote and benefit Cleveland’s minority populations. 

The MAEF is an endowed fund with assets of approximately $3.6 million providing grantmaking in the local community from investment income. The Board of Directors is comprised of two appointees by the Mayor of the City of Cleveland, two appointees by the Chair of City Council, and five appointees by the Cleveland Foundation.


Grants are awarded to 501(c)3 tax-exempt organizations that provide arts and cultural educational programs and services that promote and benefit Cleveland’s minority populations. All nonprofit organizations located or providing services in the City of Cleveland are eligible to apply. Groups or organizations that do not have or are awaiting tax-exempt status must partner with a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization in order for the project to be considered for funding. The tax-exempt organization must initiate the application process and will be considered the MAEF applicant.

Criteria for Selection

In recognition of new media and new technologies, the MAEF is searching for creative ideas that will expand the delivery of cultural and educational programs of interest to Cleveland’s minority community. No grants will be made for scholarships. Requests will be considered for a minimum of $3,000. Past MAEF grants have primarily ranged $5,000 to $20,000. Please refer to the chart at the bottom of the page for an overview of Recent Projects Supported by MAEF.

  • Programs must be focused on arts and cultural education with special emphasis on the “new media”, including digital media
  • Special focus must be on content pertaining to the experience of a minority population which includes strategies for ongoing input from that population

Applicants may be contacted by foundation staff for additional information during the review period as needed. Final decisions expected mid-late December.

Submission of Application

All applicants are required to submit their request online through Grants Gateway.  If you do not have current login information you will need to complete a Grantee Request Form. Hard copy applications will not be accepted.  For consideration for 2018 funding, applications must be received by November 6, 2017.

To begin the application, login to Grants Gateway 

1.  Establish or update your organization profile.  Your profile must be completed before submitting the application.

2.  Click on the Apply for a Grant link

3.  Scroll down to find the Minority Arts and Education Fund application

4.  Complete the online application. Questions you will find in the application include:

  • Project Summary – Please provide a brief overview of the proposed project/program.

  • Project Design – Please describe how this project is relevant to the experiences of a minority population, strategies to engage ongoing input from that population, and how “new media” (such as digital media) will be included in the project?

  • Is there any other information not captured elsewhere regarding your organization or project that you believe will help Foundation staff understand this proposal or the unique needs of the community that this project will serve? If the applicant is partnering with another group or organization to carry out this project, please use this section to briefly describe the nature of the partnership as it relates to the scope of the project and use of the requested funds.

  1. Once you have submitted the Application, upload the Required Attachments, which include:
    • Line Item Project Budget (excel template will be provided)
    • Board list with affiliations
    • Organization budget for current fiscal year
    • Complete audit (include auditors notes and management letter, if issued). If no audit is available, please provide: Statement of Revenue/Support and Expenses for your organization’s most recently completed fiscal/calendar year, Current Balance Sheet and Statement of Activities for most recently completed fiscal/calendar year.

For questions about deadlines, application procedures/requirements, login, uploads or other technical questions, contact: 
Grants Management, 216-615-7254,

For programmatic questions or information, contact:

Kristi Andrasik, Program Officer, 216-615-7192,

Next Available Funding Cycle

2018 Funding Period: 1/1/18 – 9/30/18

Application Deadline for 2018 Funding:  November 6, 2017


Future Funding Cycles

2019 Funding Period: 1/1/19 – 9/30/19

Application Deadline for 2019 Funding: November 5, 2018


2020 Funding Period: 1/1/20 – 9/30/20

Application Deadline for 2020 Funding: November 4, 2019 

Recent Projects Supported by MAEF

  2017 MAEF Grants  
 Organization  Project


Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland Students at sites within the city of Cleveland will have an opportunity to become familiar with creative design software and learn techniques for creating webpages, logos, fliers, and other practical designs. $5,000
Broadway School of Music & the Arts (BSMA) Along with neighborhood partners, BSMA will engage seniors and adults with disabilities in a series of facilitated storytelling workshops, “Slavic Village Stories.” Their stories will be digitally recorded, housed, and shared across multiple platforms and physical locations. $8,570
Catholic Charities Corporation “HeArt of the Street,” a free arts program for adults living without homes offered at the Bishop William M. Cosgrove Center, will expand to include digital photography and media instruction. Participants will engage in artistic expression and build comfort with technology as they use a MacBook Pro and Photoshop software to develop a public art project or display.  $6,040
Center for Arts-Inspired Learning CAL will establish a broadcasting residency at CMSD’s Cleveland High School for Digital Arts to provide students with professional guidance and instruction as they learn a range of skills in digital media. Students will report on issues impacting themselves, their peers, and their community using the school’s Newsreel TV program. $8,790
Cleveland Public Theatre Teatro Publico de Cleveland, a Cleveland-based Latin American theatre ensemble, will expand video documentation of its mainstage productions and smaller-scale works to disseminate to both new audiences and ensemble members.


Cleveland School of the Arts Board of Trustees Students will access the modern equipment necessary for instruction and production of high-quality films. This equipment will open the door for students to showcase their films at competitions and festivals both within the community and nationally.


Cleveland State University Foundation Cleveland State will oversee production of a documentary entitled “Dreamhood,” a film depicting the experiences of the refugee community captured from their own perspective. The film will be used to provide a forum for the complex story of Cleveland’s refugee communities through the launch of a website and content-sharing platform.


Duffy Liturgical Dance Ensemble (DuffyLit) New equipment will allow analog performance recordings to be transferred to digital mediums for permanent archival and future performances to be recorded digitally. Sharing performance history through multiple social media and digital platforms will allow a wider audience to access the music and lyrics of the American Negro Spiritual.


Esperanza Esperanza will incorporate digital media into its STEAM summer camp through a new “Lenses/Lentes” program that explores the scientific origins of sight and the brain. Cleveland middle school students will communicate and present their research findings using digital media platforms.


Famicos Foundation Inc. Famicos is preparing a day-long Drop the Lead Summit to engage public high school participants in interactive workshops and the development of presentations on the issues of lead poisoning and violence. A goal is to inform and inspire youth participants in order for them to desire to take action.


Foluke Cultural Arts Center Foluke Cultural Arts Center is planning a series of arts workshops, master classes, and family centered ‘fun’ days to engage the local community. ‘The ARTS in Central’ blog will chronicle these activities through video documentation and highlight personal accounts from participants.


Harvard Community Services Center The Harvard Heritage Arts is an arts and education initiative seeking to provide music, dance, and art workshops related to the African-American experience, culture, and history. Harvard will offer a two-week summer camp for adults to engage with digital media professionals to create films. Films may be submitted for exhibition in Harvard’s summer concerts and be featured on Harvard’s website and social media.


Kent State University Foundation – Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative (CUDC) Highlighting their own stories and the stories of those in their neighborhood, Making Our Own Stories (MooStories) engages youth from Cleveland’s Buckeye neighborhood in the interviewing, recording, and production of podcasts. In its second season, returning students will receive advanced scriptwriting and editorial training. New students will also be engaged with the surrounding Buckeye-Shaker area.


LAND Studio The launch of Streetwyze, a mobile mapping and community engagement tool, will help broaden dialogue in Cleveland’s Buckeye, Shaker, Woodhill, and Mt. Pleasant neighborhoods. Land Studio’s engagement with Streetwyze and community partners will allow more voices to be represented in conversations around community development.


Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland (MOCA) MOCA will develop a Visitor Engagement Lounge created specifically to provide historical context and interpretation for “Becoming Imperceptible,” an exhibit which explores language, history, race, and politics in America. The Lounge will include video interviews and encourage visitors to investigate, respond, and experiment.


New Bridge New Bridge is implementing an innovative, multi-media arts and photovoice program that provokes tough conversations about race through the common language of art. As a part of this project, New Bridge will expand its after-school arts program to continue its partnership with the social justice art project, Shooting Without Bullets, and to feature additional creations that portray the African-American experience.


Playwrights Local 4181 Playwrights Local 4181 will create a high-quality videorecording and accompanying study guide for its production of “Objectively/Reasonable,” an ensemble-written play and community response to the impact and aftermath of the shooting of Tamir Rice. These will both be made available to schools within Cleveland


Progressive Arts Alliance (PAA) Building on the training previously received from MIT professionals in game design, PAA’s middle school workshops will now include video game design and coding using Scratch software, digital video production projects that use a variety of materials and software tools, and stop frame animation projects that seamlessly blend storytelling, fine art, and technology into animated video products.


SPACES “Havens” is a public project based on the recently digitized Jim Crow-era travel guides known as The Negro Motorist Green Book, a publication used by black motorists to identify establishments that were safe to patronize. This exhibit will physically and virtually commemorate the 12 historical safe haven sites in Cleveland that were listed in the Green Book. In collaboration with the Cleveland Public Library and CWRU, SPACES will engage the community in broader conversations connecting Cleveland’s past to current issues across the nation.


Tender Hearts Crusades With an emphasis on “diversity through dance,” Cleveland middle school students will engage in The Nehemiah Dance Project. This summer dance intensive will include classes ranging from jazz to ballet and reflections upon weekly themes in conjunction with community partners. The program will culminate with a public dance presentation and a documentary chronicling the students’ journey.


Waterloo Arts Following a community conversation about the need to document the history of black artists in Cleveland and to raise the profiles of black artists for the entire community, Waterloo Arts will partner with local black artists to conduct insightful interviews and begin to build a database. This virtual space will celebrate and document the richness of black artists as a reference for other artists, arts organizations, schools, and the general public. Short videos will be posted and promoted via various digital platforms for public accessibility.


West Side Community House (WSCH) WSCH’s Summer of Sisterhood is an intensive 8-week summer arts program for Cleveland girls age 10-18. Acquiring a variety of skills and techniques, students will work with artist-teachers to develop a concept for a CD, write 5 songs that fit within their concept, create and record an EP of their 5 original compositions, and develop a marketing plan and live performance.