Grantseeker Workshops

Grantseeker Workshops are held the month before each deadline. Attend one to find out what you need to know to apply.

  • Wednesday, July 10: 4 to 6 p.m. at Cleveland Public Library, Mt. Pleasant branch, 14000 Kinsman Rd.
  • Thursday, July 18: 6 to 8 p.m. at West 78th Street Studios, 1300 W. 78th St.
  • Friday, July 26:  4 to 6 p.m. at East Cleveland Public Library, 14101 Euclid Ave.
  • Saturday, August 3: 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Cleveland Public Library, Carnegie West branch, 1900 Fulton Rd.
  • Office hours on Monday, August 5: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Neighborhood Connections, 5000 Euclid Ave. #310 (Inside the Agora. Free parking behind building off of Prospect.) 

The next deadline to apply is 5 p.m. Friday, August 9, 2019.

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.
  • 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 apply 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 apply for a grant? Our next deadline is Friday, August 10, 2018. Details here.

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 apply 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 apply 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 apply for a grant? Our next deadline is Friday, February 10, 2017. Details here.

Projects Funded Spring 2016

Neighborhood Connections, with additional funding from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, will support 120 projects in Cleveland and East Cleveland with grants totaling $288,672.

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 apply for a grant? Our next deadline is Friday, August 12. Details here.

Find out more about this season’s funded projects

Neighborhood Connections, with additional funding from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, will support 120 projects in Cleveland and East Cleveland with grants totaling $288,672.

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 apply for a grant? Our next deadline is Friday, August 12. Details here.

We’re proud to announce funding for 120 resident-led projects

Our Grant Making Committee of 23 residents from Cleveland and East Cleveland has approved $288,672 in grants to support 120 different projects in Cleveland and East Cleveland.

Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, the county’s public funder for arts and culture, will co-fund 44 of the resident-led arts and culture projects.

Highlights of the grants

Bus Stop Moves – Collinwood was awarded $3,690 for Bus Stop Moves. Residents will have the opportunity to exercise at local bus stops while waiting for the bus. Each stop will have a different theme with different exercises.

Riverside Park Community Outreach Committee was awarded $2,000 for Reaching for the Stars: Science Discovery in our Community and Beyond, which will offer activities in Kamm’s Corners for community youth that focus on science, nature, and the environment.

Put Your Best Food Forward was awarded $780 for Back to Fatherhood. The goal of this project in Old Brooklyn is to help fathers who were once incarcerated rebuild healthy relationships with their children through events such as a dinner and trip to the zoo.

Fulton West Block Club was awarded $4,950 for City Repair @ Newark Creek Court in Clark-Fulton. Neighbors will come together to paint a river mural on the Newark Court alleyway. This project is part of a series of projects neighbors have done to revitalize the alleys in the neighborhood. Recently, Cleveland City Council passed legislation to allow street painting in certain circumstances based on the work of the Fulton West Block Club neighbors.

Artist Michael Mishaga with the design for the river mural. Photo by Janet Century Photography.

Artist Michael Mishaga with the design for the river mural. Photo by Janet Century Photography.

 

“The power is with the people,” said Tom O’Brien, program director of Neighborhood Connections. “These projects demonstrate that neighbors can work together to address issues in their own neighborhoods,” he said. Since 2003, Neighborhood Connections has awarded more than 2,375 grants totaling more than $7.78 million to support resident-led grassroots projects in neighborhoods.

Cuyahoga Arts & Culture invested $75,000 in Neighborhood Connections in 2016 to support additional community-based arts and culture activities organized by and for Cuyahoga County residents. Through this partnership with Neighborhood Connections, CAC has co-funded 222 resident-led arts and culture projects in Cleveland and East Cleveland since 2013.

“Cuyahoga Arts & Culture is proud to support projects that help connect Cuyahoga County residents to arts and culture,” said Karen Gahl-Mills, CEO and executive director of Cuyahoga Arts & Culture. “Our partnership with Neighborhood Connections leverages public funds to bring additional vibrant programs and events to Cleveland neighborhoods.”

Project list

For a complete list of Neighborhood Connections grants awarded, click here.

About the grants

Neighborhood Connections’ grant program offers grants of up to $5,000 twice a year in May and November 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 from Neighborhood Connections is August 12, 2016. Find out more information here.

 

 

About the Grants

Featured project: Fresh Camp

Fresh Camp is cultivating youth voice and neighborhood health in Glenville with an innovative and fun camp and internship program run by neighbors for neighborhood kids. We co-fund their work with Cuyahoga Arts & Culture.

Do you have a great idea to improve your neighborhood? Apply for a grant! Attend an upcoming workshop to get tips on writing your application.

Featured project: Waterloo Sculpture Garden

Empty lots are scaIMG_0876ttered across many neighborhoods. Folks in North Collinwood turned one in their neighborhood into the Waterloo Sculpture Garden. They used a grant from Neighborhood Connections, with additional funding from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, to host activities at the garden and create energy in the neighborhood.

Read more here.

Do you have a great idea to improve your neighborhood? Our next grant deadline is coming up. You’re invited to a workshop to get tips on how to apply!

 

Featured Project: The Duck Island Mural

The idea? A simple neighborhood mural. But going from idea to implementation on a neighborhood project can be a long process.

This week we’re highlighting the Duck Island Block Club and the mural neighbors are painting there with help from local artist Jill LiMieux and the business Pro Painting, which donated time to paint the base coat.

Do you have a great idea to improve your neighborhood? Our next grant deadline is coming up. Attend a workshop to learn more about how to apply and get tips on completing the application. Details here. 

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