Ignite! Impact Awards

Launched in 2019, the Ignite! Impact Awards were created to amplify the voices of those traditionally under-represented in entrepreneurship, providing tools and resources for future success.

What Do Ignite! Impact Award Winners Receive?

  • A cash or in-kind (typically toward space rental in IngenuityLabs) micro-grants which can be used towards project(s) that impact others, or advance and unlock opportunities for growth.

  • Consulting time with Ingenuity team members who can provide guidance and direction towards growing your business - this includes a 1 hour introductory discussion, 1 hour session with us or a specialized consultant from our network, and a 1 hour "planning for the future" session.

  • An opportunity to pursue fiscal agency for projects, subject to the review and approval of Ingenuity

  • A marketing package that includes opportunities to exhibit at IngeniutyFest, the Ingenuity Bal and other Ingenuity-sponsored events, social media, e-newsletter spotlights, and more

Recent Grantees

Mikayla Preston, Experience the People

Mikayla Preston, Experience the People

Mikayla Preston is a multi media artist (visual & recording) from Cleveland, Ohio and the Founder and President of EXPERIENCE THE PEOPLE CAMPAIGN. This project merges Mikayla's passions for art expression, activist work and community collaboration. She believes that creators have the power to impact communities by sharing experiences through...
Brandon Graves Studios

Brandon Graves Studios

Brandon Graves is a muralist who discovered his talent and passion for painting during a 7-year period of incarceration. Originally engaged during the #VoicesofCLE project, Brandon has the goal of using his talents to launch a community engagement program for young artists. Brandon's Ignite! Impact Award is supporting 1-1 consultation...
Kai Wick, Emergency Makers of Northeast Ohio

Kai Wick, Emergency Makers of Northeast Ohio

In the early days of the pandemic, it didn't take long for Kai Wick, who works by day as an aerospace fabricator in Akron, to spring to action assembling Emergency Makers of Northeast Ohio to gather plan, resources and identify unused capacity in Northeast Ohio production facilities to produce masks,...
Chardonnay Graham, Touch Cleveland

Chardonnay Graham, Touch Cleveland

Chardonnay Graham is founder of Touch Cleveland, a full service marketing and PR strategy firm that uses their network and knowledge to help entrepreneurs, especially entrepreneurs of color, overcome marketing obstacles and gain knowledge of valuable resources. The Ignite! Impact Award will support Touch's Unspoken series, a no-nonsense look at...
Meganne Stepka, 48 Hour Virtual Music Festival

Meganne Stepka, 48 Hour Virtual Music Festival

Cleveland's 48 Hour Virtual Music Fest began as an online event created to give local performers an opportunity to continue their profession, while also benefitting programs and charities in need of financial support during the early days of pandemic uncertainty. Now in its eleventh month, the festival has become a...
Jaered Andrews, Artists in Recovery (AIR216)

Jaered Andrews, Artists in Recovery (AIR216)

AIR 216 is an organization that seeks to enhance the lives of individuals in recovery from long term substance abuse disorder by providing an outlet for creative expression, a network of support, and opportunities for development and growth of inherent artistic ability.  Their goal is to create an environment that...
Matt Tyrrell, Have a Happy Today/Ingenuity Presents

Matt Tyrrell, Have a Happy Today/Ingenuity Presents

Matt Tyrrell, a video content producer, is working in partnership with us to create monthly Ingenuity Presents videos.  These videos highlight programs and important initiatives that Ingenuity is spearheading.  For example in summer 2020,  Matt had the opportunity to speak with artists working for a change in our community. Check...
Kenny Perdue, RollinBuckeyez Foundation

Kenny Perdue, RollinBuckeyez Foundation

Known for his pop-up roller rinks, RollinBuckeyez nonprofit goes far beyond skates and helmets. Kenny creates and provides space that encourages diverse, inter-generational community-building, uninhibited artistic expression, and healthier lifestyle choices. His impact award will enable him to continue to build on this mission and reach further into the communities...
Amanda Nyx Drummond, Emerging Leader Grant

Amanda Nyx Drummond, Emerging Leader Grant

The Ignite! Emerging Leader Grant was inaugurated in 2020 to help an emerging arts professional undertake projects of their own direction, under the Ingenuity umbrella, with Ingenuity oversight. Emerging Leaders are able to hone their skills on key projects relevant to Ingenuity’s overall mission, expanding Ingenuity’s reach while building resumes...
Ben Smith, Splice-Cream Truck

Ben Smith, Splice-Cream Truck

An Ice cream truck with a fully analog recording studio, splicing communities together through stories, music, and of course, Ice cream!
Arron Bound of No Numbers, Emerging Leader Grant

Arron Bound of No Numbers, Emerging Leader Grant

The Ignite! Emerging Leader Grant was inaugurated in 2020 to help an emerging arts professional undertake projects of their own direction, under the Ingenuity umbrella, with Ingenuity oversight. Emerging Leaders are able to hone their skills on key projects relevant to Ingenuity’s overall mission, expanding Ingenuity’s reach while building resumes...
Malaz Elgemiabby, Habobba

Malaz Elgemiabby, Habobba

Inspired by her late grandmother's legacy, Malaz is converting a campervan into a mobile storytelling studio, called Habboba. Habboba is a vehicle (literally!) for transformation to our communities, and a safe space to learn about and from each other. Habobba's first stop is "Salam" which means "peace" in Arabic. The...
Myra Rosario, Latino Cleveland

Myra Rosario, Latino Cleveland

Founder of Latino Cleveland, Myra has worked tirelessly to give a voice to entrepreneurs and creatives in the Latino Community. Her Impact Award allowed for weekly web shows which support the growth of the Northeast Ohio Hispanic community, bridge the gap between the Hispanic and Non-Hispanics, and fulfill the need...

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2021 Update: In light of the political and health events that occurred in 2020, we have expanded our Ignite! Impact Award program to focus on the following key aspects of community recovery and healing: 

  1. Solutions focused on immediate COVID-19 relief.
  2. Solutions focused on long-term COVID-19 recovery, community resiliency, and connectivity.
    • Strategies that improve digital access and digital equity
    • Socially-distanced interventions that uplift and enliven
  3. Solutions and conversations centered on social and racial justice, equity, and police-community relations.

Immediate cash & consulting assistance is available and recipients will be notified with acceptance or deferral within two weeks of application. Successful applications will leverage resources to support a network beyond the applicant.*

Examples of COVID-19 relief could include (but are not limited to): strategies to improve digital access to arts & culture and enhancing long-term networks and resources for community resiliency.

Equity & Justice Solution examples could include (but are not limited to): creating spaces for community dialogue which reach across social and cultural boundaries; expressing messages of hope, healing and change that amplify voices of those who are most impacted; providing immediate support to marginalized communities through creative, entrepreneurial or artistic solutions

Please contact emily@ingenuitycleveland.org with any questions.

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Interested in joining as a Corporate Sponsor of this program and making change in our community? Email alyssa@ingenuitycleveland.org