Update on Neighbor Up Action Grants

We are postponing the next deadline for Neighbor Up Action Grants originally set for Friday, August 14th. We are postponing the deadline until further notice for two reasons:

1) The Neighbor Up Action Grant Committee is still reviewing grant applications from the February deadline, which have been delayed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Final decisions for these grants will be made in August;

2) We have a number of other offerings for funds at this time.

Here are the other funding options:

1. Neighbor Up IOBY Match: For every dollar you  raise up to $3,000 with IOBY, In Our Back Yard, the crowdsourcing platform, we will match it dollar for dollar. This platform is a great way to organize your initiative and get buy-in from the community.

2. Common Ground Funding: Grant funds are available up to $2,500 for those interested in doing Common Ground-related work. More information on these grants will be coming soon.

3. Neighbor Up COVID-19 Grants: These grants, up to $5,000, are still available for grassroots initiatives doing work to address the effects of COVID-19. Over $450,000 has been distributed to 152 groups over the last two months.

Click here for a list of other funding options available for grassroots groups.

Thank you for your understanding. Please join us for an online Neighbor Up gathering soon.

Neighbor Up COVID-19 Rapid Response Grants for weeks 7 & 8

Neighbor Up COVID-19 Rapid Response grants are providing financial assistance to grassroots neighborhood civic groups as well as small non-profit and faith-based organizations in Cuyahoga, Geauga and Lake counties for efforts related to the provision of needs during COVID-19.

Groups recently funded include:

  • AHI: Arts & Culture in Hough will be knocking on doors, providing emergency health and safety kits where needed, and inviting families to participate in drum workshops on Sundays and Tuesdays along with a schedule of art activities for individuals and small groups. All work will follow physical distancing requirements.
  • Parma Charitable Fund will assist the most needy of the Parma community with accessible nourishment. They will also provide gift cards to a local grocery store to those who apply and meet the criteria. One of their goals is to work with one of their local grocers to provide a discounts if gift cards are purchase exclusively from them, so as to stretch the grant funding further.
  • LAWRS Foundation will assist those in Cuyahoga and Lake counties representing themselves in court without the assistance of an attorney with access to: legal documents and filing; research & analysis; assistance with court filing fees and other fees for civil claims; and housing deposits if applicable.

Neighbor Up COVID-19 Rapid Response grants are intended to enable civic groups and organizations to be responsive to emergency and basic needs requests, providing support for operations, and/or reducing social isolation. Applicants can be 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations or work with a 501(c)3 fiscal sponsor that will be designated to you through this grants program. Grants cover a 12-week period and will be between $500 and $5,000.

For a full list of grants funded, click here. If you’re interested in applying for a grant, click here.

Neighbor Up COVID-19 Rapid Response grants for week 6

Neighbor Up COVID-19 Rapid Response grants are providing financial assistance to grassroots neighborhood civic groups as well as small non-profit and faith-based organizations in Cuyahoga, Geauga and Lake counties for efforts related to the provision of needs during COVID-19.

Groups funded this week include:

  • Five Ladies in Cleveland will provide nutritional meals to those in need. They have served with the Metanoia Project for the last two seasons, and they hope to continue working with those who are unsheltered and sheltered-resistant.
  • Choice’s Brothers and Sisters in Euclid will support individuals, families and youth in navigating through and accessing community resources. Resources will be available at the Shore Cultural Center three days a week from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. At this location, they will distribute hygiene supplies, PPE, cleaning supplies, underwear and socks, snacks, and connection to other neighboring resources.
  • Boys 2 Men in Berea is hosting the Summer Garden Works Program, an 8-week program that allows up to 15 boys the opportunity to gain experience in gardening and serving the community while also earning a stipend for participation. There will be visits to the Berea Community Farm, and youth will tend to gardens of elderly seniors in the community who may need additional help with growing or tending to their home gardens or landscapes.

Neighbor Up COVID-19 Rapid Response grants are intended to enable civic groups and organizations to be responsive to emergency and basic needs requests, providing support for operations, and/or reducing social isolation. Applicants can be 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations or work with a 501(c)3 fiscal sponsor that will be designated to you through this grants program. Grants cover a 12-week period and will be between $500 and $5,000.

For a full list of grants funded this week, click here. If you’re interested in applying for a grant, click here.

Neighbor Up COVID-19 Rapid Response grants for weeks 4 & 5

Neighbor Up COVID-19 Rapid Response grants are providing financial assistance to grassroots neighborhood civic groups as well as small non-profit and faith-based organizations in Cuyahoga, Geauga and Lake counties for efforts related to the provision of needs during COVID-19.

Groups funded this week and last week include:

  • Community Yahoo’s in Broadway-Slavic Village will create the “Bridge to Life” located over I-77 on Fleet Avenue. One side of the bridge will have a memorial to those who have passed from COVID-19. There will be homemade masks in baggies that people can take in memory of someone who has passed from COVID-19. On the opposite side of the bridge will be names of survivors of COVID-19 and people will be able to take a mask in the name of a survivor. The goal to start is 250 masks on each side of the bridge for a total of 500 masks.
  • Destination Success in Glenville will provide food, hygiene supplies, help with gloves, masks, hand sanitizer, bus passes, gas cards, and self-esteem kits, which include make-up, hair products, a pamphlet on suicide prevention. and school supplies. Those in Destination Success have lost jobs and need these essentials. They will help their students with school supplies and the family with basic needs. They have created an online workshop to help people not succumb to depression and to give them a greater outlook on life which allows us to continue building social connections.
  • We Think 4 A Change in Stockyards and Garden Valley will help support People Living with HIV/AIDS during the COVID-19 crisis and help them stay connected in the community. They will increase access to services by providing transportation to medical appointments, assisting with medication pickups, food delivery, and other needed services will be provided for those living with HIV/AIDS.

Funds are intended to enable these civic groups and organizations to be responsive to emergency and basic needs requests, providing support for operations, and/or reducing social isolation. Applicants can be 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations or work with a 501(c)3 fiscal sponsor that will be designated to you through this grants program. Grants cover a 12-week period and will be between $500 and $5,000.

For a full list of grants funded this week, click here. If you’re interested in applying for a grant, click here.

Neighbor Up COVID-19 Rapid Response grants for weeks 2 & 3

Neighbor Up COVID-19 Rapid Response grants are providing financial assistance to grassroots neighborhood civic groups as well as small non-profit and faith-based organizations in Cuyahoga, Geauga and Lake counties for efforts related to the provision of needs during COVID-19.

Groups funded this week and last week include:

  • Food Not Bombs will distribute free produce and bread twice a month in Lake County and twice a month in Cleveland. We will work with our neighbors in both western Lake County and on the east side of Cleveland to eliminate food waste by putting it in the hands of people who need it, while advocating for changes in the system that creates food insecurity.
  • Juntos will support vulnerable Latinx households on Cleveland’s west side with direct cash assistance. Ten households will be selected that have not been able to access other forms of cash assistance during the pandemic. All households are low income and priority will be given to those with children, elders or those living with different abilities; and
  • Laundry Love at Leo’s Laundromat will continue providing free laundry services, food, and hygiene items to our neighbors in need in the Fairview Park/West Park neighborhoods while maintaining a safe social distance.

Funds are intended to enable these civic groups and organizations to be responsive to emergency and basic needs requests, providing support for operations, and/or reducing social isolation. Applicants can be 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations or work with a 501(c)3 fiscal sponsor that will be designated to you through this grants program. Grants cover a 12-week period and will be between $500 and $5,000.

For a full list of grants funded this week, click here. If you’re interested in applying for a grant, click here.

This week’s Neighbor Up COVID-19 Rapid Response Grants

Announcing our first Neighbor Up COVID-19 Rapid Response grants!

Groups funded this week include:

  • Strong Hands United in East Cleveland, who will place portable hand washing sinks in the city so that the homeless and the un-sheltered population can have access to fresh water to wash their hands and face;
  • Advocates for Peace and Change, led by young adult refugees in Cleveland’s Clark-Fulton/Brooklyn Centre neighborhood, who will offer immediate assistance to many families in the refugee community that have been affected by COVID-19; and
  • St. Mark’s Lutheran Church Women’s League in Chesterland, who received funding to provide a monthly free community lunch for older adults with the Chesterland Senior Center.

Neighbor Up COVID-19 Rapid Response grants are providing financial assistance to grassroots neighborhood civic groups as well as small non-profit and faith-based organizations in Cuyahoga, Geauga and Lake counties for efforts related to the provision of needs during COVID-19.

Funds are intended to enable these civic groups and organizations to be responsive to emergency and basic needs requests, providing support for operations, and/or reducing social isolation. Applicants can be 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations or work with a 501(c)3 fiscal sponsor that will be designated to you through this grants program. Grants cover a 12-week period and will be between $500 and $5,000.

For a full list of grants funded this week, click here. If you’re interested in applying for a grant, click here.

Becas de Respuesta Rápida del COVID-19

Neighbor Up COVID-19 Rapid Response Grants – Becas de Respuesta Rápida del COVID-19 están brindando asistencia financiera a grupos cívicos comunitarios de base, así como a pequeñas organizaciones sin fines de lucro y religiosas para los esfuerzos relacionados con la provisión de necesidades durante COVID-19.

Los fondos están destinados a permitir que estos grupos y organizaciones cívicas respondan a las solicitudes de emergencia y necesidades básicas, brindando apoyo para las operaciones y / o reduciendo el aislamiento social. Los solicitantes deben ser organizaciones sin fines de lucro 501 (c) 3 o trabajar con un patrocinador fiscal 501 (c) 3 que se les designará a través de este programa de becas. Las subvenciones cubrirán un período de 12 semanas y serán entre $ 500 y $ 5,000.

Este fondo está destinado a solicitudes más pequeñas; Las organizaciones que buscan un mayor apoyo deben enviar un correo electrónico a covid19response@clevefdn.org para recibir el formulario de admisión para el Fondo de Respuesta Rápida COVID-19 de Greater Cleveland.

Pautas de Becas

  • El solicitante debe estar en Cuyahoga, Lake o Geauga County;
  • Los solicitantes deben ser de la comunidad con la que están trabajando y demostrar su conexión con esa comunidad.
  • Las propuestas deben ser de un grupo cívico (tres o más personas no relacionadas que se unen en la comunidad), una pequeña organización sin fines de lucro y / o una organización basada en la fe.
  • Las organizaciones pequeñas sin fines de lucro y religiosas no deben tener más de 5 empleados a tiempo completo.
  • Las organizaciones pequeñas sin fines de lucro y religiosas deben tener un presupuesto operativo de no más de $ 300,000.
  • Las solicitudes de propuesta deben estar entre $ 500 y $ 5000.
  • Los solicitantes deben demostrar su capacidad para hacer cambios en su comunidad.
  • Los solicitantes deben mostrar la necesidad en su comunidad.
  • Las propuestas deben estar relacionadas con la resolución de problemas relacionados con la pandemia COVID-19
  • Los proyectos deben desarrollar los activos en la comunidad (sabiduría, habilidades, talentos y redes de individuos en la comunidad, grupos cívicos, instituciones, espacio físico, economía local y/o cultura comunitaria).
  • Solo una propuesta puede ser presentada por un grupo u organización.
  • Un grupo u organización solo puede recibir una beca en este proceso.
  • Algunos grupos u organizaciones que le fue denegada la financiación podrán volver a presentar una solicitud después de discutir los cambios necesarios a su propuesta con un miembro del Comité de Concesión de Becas Vecino Up COVID-19 y realizar esos cambios.
  • Los grupos y organizaciones con o sin designación 501 (c) 3 son elegibles para recibir fondos y se le urge a solicitar. Neighborhood Connections asignará un patrocinador fiscal a los grupos y organizaciones sin la designación 501 (c) 3.
  • Estas becas no financian a individuos, grandes organizaciones sin fines de lucro o grandes organizaciones basadas en la fe, organizaciones religiosas con fines religiosos, campañas políticas, fondos de dotación, campañas de recaudación de fondos, entidades con fines de lucro, empresas individuales o entidades gubernamentales
  • Los solicitantes de la beca recibirán una notificación de la decisión de financiación por correo electrónico dentro de un día de la reunión del Comité de subvención de vecinos COVID-19.
  • Los grupos y organizaciones que reciben una beca recibirán su financiación dentro de los 7-10 días de la decisión de financiación. (es decir, las decisiones se toman el lunes, los fondos estarán disponibles para usted el siguiente viernes o lunes si todos los documentos requeridos se presentan a tiempo).

Comité de Becas de Respuesta Rápida de Neighbor Up *

Revisa las solicitudes semanalmente y toma decisiones de financiación:

    Dawn Arrington, ioby, residente de Buckeye

    Joe Black, Fundación Hermanas de la Caridad

    Christina Keegan, Cleveland Pandemic Response, residente de Buckeye

    Gordon Martin, residente de Stockyards

    Tom O’Brien, Neighborhood Connections

    Morgan Taggart, FARE, residente de Cudell

    Austreeia Everson, Comité Asesor de FARE.

* También brinda asistencia técnica a los beneficiarios de becas

Listo para aplicar?

Comience el proceso de solicitud registrándose para ver el seminario web “Cómo solicitar” a pedido.

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 take place.

Projects marked with an asterisk (*) are co-funded by the residents of Cuyahoga County through Cuyahoga Arts & Culture.

Projects marked with a (++) are co-funded by the Cleveland Climate Action Fund.

Interested in applying for a grant? Our next deadline is Friday, February 14, 2020. Details here.

Projects Funded in Spring 2019

We will support, with additional funding from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture and the Cleveland Climate Action Fund, 113 resident-led projects in Cleveland and East Cleveland with  $299,162 in grants.

Click here for a complete list of our Spring 2019 grants including details about each project, the grant amount awarded, and neighborhood where the project will take place.

Projects marked with an asterisk (*) are co-funded by the residents of Cuyahoga County through Cuyahoga Arts & Culture.

Projects marked with a (+) are co-funded by the Cleveland Climate Action Fund.

Interested in applying for a grant? Our next deadline is Friday, August 9, 2019. Details here.

We’re proud to announce our fall grants!

Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, the local public funder for arts and culture, will co-fund 15 of the resident-led arts and culture projects through a partnership with us.
Highlights of the grants include:

  • Uplyff in Buckeye received $2,500 to host Swahili language classes and teach the principles of Kwanzaa.  Healthy treats centered around traditional East African food will be provided.
  • The Creative Communities Project* in Ohio City received $2,000 to host a quarterly PechaKucha style speaker series focused on neighborhood topics and art activities for adults, including gallery tours, interactions with artists, and book clubs.
  • Math for All in East Cleveland received $1,000 to teach and proliferate the board game “Smath” among high school, junior high, and elementary school age children. They also are going to start playing online slot machine games, click here now to learn more.
  • Community Quilters* in Bellaire Puritas received $600 to host a quilting workshop in a neighborhood school.

*Co-funded by Cuyahoga Arts & Culture

“Residents all across Cleveland and East Cleveland have great ideas to improve their communities,” said Tom O’Brien, program director of Neighborhood Connections. “We’re honored to support their work with these small grants. So much is possible when people come together and realize their own power.”

Since 2003, we have awarded 2,435 grants totaling more than $7.9 million.

Cuyahoga Arts & Culture invested $75,000 in Neighborhood Connections in 2018 to support additional community-based arts and culture activities organized by and for Cuyahoga County residents.  Through this partnership, CAC has co-funded 316 resident-led arts and culture projects in Cleveland and East Cleveland since 2013.

“We are proud to work with Neighborhood Connections to recognize the Cleveland and East Cleveland residents who are using arts and culture to strengthen their community,” said Jill Paulsen, interim CEO + executive director of Cuyahoga Arts & Culture. “Our partnership with Neighborhood Connections shifts power to residents and supports the creativity that exists in every neighborhood.”

Click the link for a complete list of grants awarded.

We offer grants of up to $5,000 to groups of residents in Cleveland and East Cleveland who organize projects to improve the quality of life in their neighborhoods. Groups are encouraged to work with partners and to propose creative solutions to challenges in their community.  The next deadline to apply for a grant is March 1, 2019. The grants are one part of our mission is to fuel the power of neighbors to create, together, an extraordinary world right where they live.

Cuyahoga Arts & Culture (CAC) is one of the largest public funders for arts and culture in the nation, helping hundreds of organizations in Cuyahoga County connect millions of people to cultural experiences each year. Since 2006, CAC has invested more than $181 million in more than 400 organizations both large and small, making our community a more vibrant place to live, work and play. For more information, visit cacgrants.org.

 

Projects Funded in Fall 2018

We will support, with additional funding from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, 60 resident-led projects in Cleveland and East Cleveland with $150,041 in grants.

Click the link for a complete list of our Fall 2018 grants including details about each project, the grant amount awarded, and neighborhood where the project will take place.

Projects marked with an asterisk (*) are co-funded by the residents of Cuyahoga County through Cuyahoga Arts & Culture.

Interested in applying for a grant? Our next deadline is March 1, 2019. Details here.

Projects Funded in Spring 2018

Neighborhood Connections, with additional funding from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, will support 101 resident-led projects in Cleveland and East Cleveland with $293,118 in grants.

Click the link for a complete list of our Spring 2018 grants including details about each project, the grant amount awarded, and neighborhood where the project will take place.

Projects marked with an asterisk (*) are co-funded by the residents of Cuyahoga County through Cuyahoga Arts & Culture.

Interested in applying for a grant? Our next deadline is Friday, August 10, 2018.

Projects Funded in Fall 2017

Neighborhood Connections, with additional funding from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, will support 65 resident-led projects in Cleveland and East Cleveland with $195,660 in grants.

Click the link for a complete list of our Fall 2017 grants including details about each project, the grant amount awarded, and neighborhood where the project will take place.

Projects marked with an asterisk (*) are co-funded by the residents of Cuyahoga County through Cuyahoga Arts & Culture.

Interested in applying for a grant? Our next deadline is Friday, August 11, 2017. Details here.

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Projects Funded in Spring 2017

Neighborhood Connections, with additional funding from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, will support 100 projects in Cleveland and East Cleveland with grants totaling $250,745.

Click the link for a list of grants from May 2017 with details about each project, the grant amount awarded, and neighborhood where the project will take place.

Projects marked with an asterisk (*) are co-funded by the residents of Cuyahoga County through Cuyahoga Arts & Culture.

Interested in applying for a grant? Our next deadline is Friday, August 11, 2017. Details here.

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