Entries by lmills

About the Grants

Neighbor Up Action Grants invest in everyday people creating an extraordinary world right where they live. Grants range from $500 to $5,000, and are meant to spur small, grassroots community projects. Find out more about applying for a Neighbor Up Action Grant.

Cleveland International Film Festival

We’re happy to partner with the 44th Cleveland International Film Festival, which will be held March 25 – April 5, 2020 at Tower City Cinemas and other locations. Stay up to date by visiting https://www.clevelandfilm.org. When tickets go no sale, you can use the code NUP (that’s for Neighbor Up!) to receive $1 off per […]

Listening Sessions: Tax Abatement Policy

New Listening Session added for January 8th from 6:30-8:30PM @ Downtown Cleveland Alliance, 1010 Euclid Ave. Floor 3! We have joined work the City of Cleveland is doing to assess its current residential tax abatement policy. Our goal? Neighbor Up members want to gain knowledge, advocate for neighborhoods and create more viable pathways for residents […]


Many of us have seen the statistic: 66 percent of Cleveland adults are functionally illiterate, meaning they struggle to read bus schedules, medicine bottles and other everyday information. One woman working to improve adult literacy in Cleveland compared reading to breathing – those of us who can read don’t really think about it, but it […]

Shop Local Holiday Bazaar: Support hyperlocal Cleveland small businesses with intentional spending

Neighbors in the Buckeye-Shaker community have organized a Holiday Bazaar featuring everything from soap-makers to craft-makers. Shop local from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. this Saturday, December 21 at Fairhill Partners, 12200 Fairhill Rd. The purpose of the Holiday Bazaar is to connect budding community entrepreneurs to customers, said Julian Khan, one of the organizers. […]

Announcing $180,979 in funding for 65 projects in Cleveland and East Cleveland

The Neighbor Up Action Grant Committee approved $180,979 in grants to support 65 projects in Cleveland and East Cleveland neighborhoods. Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, the local public funder for arts and culture, will co-fund eight of the resident-led arts and culture projects through a partnership with Neighborhood Connections. Cleveland Climate Action Fund will fund five […]

Projects Funded in November 2019

Neighbor Up Action Grants will support, with additional funding from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture and the Cleveland Climate Action Fund, 66 resident-led projects in Cleveland and East Cleveland with $182,979 in funding. Click here for a complete list of our Fall 2019 grants including details about each project, the grant amount awarded, and neighborhood where the project will […]

Community Network Building: A new model of leadership

Community Network Building is the strategy behind Neighbor Up, and yesterday we had a chance to talk more about what’s possible when you Neighbor Up during the 400 Years Summit hosted by First Year Cleveland and the the YWCA Greater Cleveland. Check out our presentation here as well as these posts about the practices we […]

Buckeye-Shaker Listening Project

We have been listening to residents and others in the Buckeye-Shaker neighborhoods for the last two months. We had conversations with 60 people from various areas of the neighborhood and also met with 18 neighborhood groups. Here is our report to the community with what we heard from residents.

Citywide Network Night draws 100+ people

Citywide Network Night launched last week with an overwhelming turnout and a warm welcome! Excitement filled the room as longtime Neighbor Up members reconnected and new folks were invited to Neighbor Up. Special thanks to ioby for hosting us at the Midtown Tech Hive. SAVE THE DATE  The next Citywide Network Night is Thursday, December 5 […]

Racial Justice Matching Fund invests in 17 resident-led projects

Our Racial Justice Matching Fund with ioby invested $20,000 in 17 resident-led projects working to make our city a more just and equitable community. Fund dollars were used to match the money raised by ioby leaders for their projects. A few projects that received matching funds are: Cleveland Youth Ambassadors for Peace and Change: Helping […]

Notes from Arts & Culture Network Night

Thank you to everyone who attended Arts & Culture Network Night last week! More than 65 people made connections, shared resources, and discussed topics important to them. This quarterly gathering is sponsored by Neighbor Up and Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, but it is hosted by a team of volunteers. Thank you to the wonderful volunteer […]