Announcing Neighbor Up COVID-19 Rapid Response grants

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.

Neighbor Up COVID-19 Rapid Response Grants

The 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 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 must 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 will cover a 12-week period and will be between $500 and $5,000.

This fund is intended for smaller requests; organizations seeking larger support should email covid19response@clevefdn.org to receive the intake form for the Greater Cleveland COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund.

Grant Guidelines

  • Applicant must be in Cuyahoga, Lake, or Geauga County;
  • Applicants must be from the community with which they are working and demonstrate their connectedness to that community.
  • Proposals must be from a civic group (three or more unrelated people coming together in the community), a small non-profit, and/or a faith-based organization.
  • Small non-profit and faith-based organizations must have no more than 5 full-time employees.
  • Small non-profit and faith-based organizations must have an operating budget of no more than $300,000.
  • Proposal requests must be between $500 and $5000.
  • Applicants must demonstrate their capacity to make change in their community.
  • Applicants must show the need in their community.
  • Proposals must be related to addressing issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Projects must build off the assets in the community (wisdom, skills, talents, and networks of individuals in the community, civic groups, institutions, physical space, local economy, and/or community culture).
  • Only one proposal can be submitted by a group or organization.
  • A group or organization may only receive one grant in this process.
  • Some groups or organizations declined funding will be allowed to reapply after discussing needed changes to their proposal with a member of the Neighbor Up COVID-19 Grant Making Committee and making those changes.
  • Groups and organizations with or without 501(c)3 designation are eligible for funding and encouraged to apply. Groups and organizations without 501(c)3 designation will be assigned a fiscal sponsor by Neighborhood Connections.
  • These grants do not fund individuals, large non-profit or large faith-based organizations, religious organizations for religious purposes, political campaigns, endowment funds, fundraising campaigns, for-profit entities, single businesses, or government entities.
  • Grant applicants will be notified of funding decision via email within one day of the Neighbor Up COVID-19 Grantmaking Committee meeting.
  • Groups and organizations awarded a grant will receive their funding within 7-10 days of the funding decision. (i.e. decisions are made on Monday, funds will be available to you by the following Friday or Monday if all required documents are submitted on time).

Neighbor Up Rapid Response Grants Committee*

Reviews applications weekly and makes funding decisions:

* Also provides technical assistance to grant recipients

Ready to apply?

Start the application process by registering to watch the on-demand ‘How to Apply’ webinar.

Special grants for Buckeye-Woodhill & Mt. Pleasant

Funding is available for residents, local small business owners, and faith-based groups and organizations in the Buckeye-Woodhill and Mt. Pleasant neighborhoods to combat the impact of COVID-19.

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.

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.

Grantseeker Workshops

Grantseeker Workshops are held the month before each deadline. Attend one to find out what you need to know to apply. Upcoming deadlines are the 2nd Fridays in February and August: Friday, February 14, 2020 and Friday, August 14, 2020.

Winter Grantseeker Workshops                             

January 13 from 4 to 6 p.m. @ Cleveland Public Library – Carnegie West branch, 1900 Fulton Rd, Cleveland, OH 44113                              

January 21 from 5 to 6:45 p.m. @ Cleveland Public Library – Rice branch, 11535 Shaker Blvd, Cleveland, OH 44104

January 29 from 6 to 8 p.m. @ Neighborhood Connections, 5000 Euclid Ave. #310 (inside the Agora, free parking behind the building off of Prospect)

Summer Grantseeker Workshops                             

July 13 from 4 to 6 p.m. @ Cleveland Public Library – Carnegie West branch, 1900 Fulton Rd, Cleveland, OH 44113       

July 21 from 5 to 6:45 p.m. @ Cleveland Public Library – Rice branch, 11535 Shaker Blvd, Cleveland, OH 44104

July 29 from 6 to 8 p.m. @ Neighborhood Connections, 5000 Euclid Ave. #310 (inside the Agora, free parking behind the building off of Prospect)

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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Excited to announce $3.1 million grant from Cleveland Foundation

The continued funding supports our signature initiatives – the grassroots grants program and the work of the Neighbor Up network, a diverse group of Greater Cleveland residents striving to make positive change in their neighborhoods and find innovative solutions to larger health and employment issues plaguing communities. The foundation’s board of directors approved the three-year grant earlier this month.

“We could not do what we do without support from the Cleveland Foundation,” said Tom O’Brien, program director of Neighborhood Connections. “The funding allows residents to continue working for meaningful change – not only in their own neighborhoods, but across the entire city.”

Neighborhood Connections’ grants program – the largest grassroots grants program in the country – offers grants of up to $5,000 to groups of residents in Cleveland and East Cleveland to organize projects that improve the quality of life in their communities. Groups are encouraged to work with partners, and to propose creative solutions to challenges in their neighborhoods. Since 2003, Neighborhood Connections has awarded more than 2,655 grants totaling more than $7.9 million. In just the past three years, more than 550 Neighborhood Connections grants totaling $1.5 million have helped secure an additional $5.1 million into Cleveland and East Cleveland neighborhoods.

In addition, Neighborhood Connections’ Neighbor Up network is leading community engagement work in several Cleveland neighborhoods and with University Circle anchor institutions. The network now has more than 2,000 active members, representing a broad constituency from neighborhoods and anchor institutions. Among the initiatives launched through the Neighbor Up Network is “Step Up to UH” – a jobs pipeline training program. Since its launch, 182 residents have been hired through Step Up.

“The innovative work of Neighborhood Connections is positively transforming neighborhoods in and around the city,” said India Pierce Lee, Cleveland Foundation Senior Vice President, Program. “The Cleveland Foundation is proud to continue our support for the impactful work Neighborhood Connections is doing on the ground every day to improve the lives of our community’s residents.”

The Cleveland Foundation launched Neighborhood Connections in 2003. Its mission is to fuel the power of neighbors to create, together, an extraordinary world right where they live.

 

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Projects Funded in Fall 2016

Neighborhood Connections, with additional funding from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, will support 72 projects in Cleveland and East Cleveland with grants totaling $200,269.

Click here for 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, February 10, 2017. Details here.