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.

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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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.

 

 

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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Cleveland Junior Jitterbugs

We’re highlighting recent grantees! This week we’re featuring Valerie Sandstrom and Cleveland Junior Jitterbugs.

Do you have a great idea to improve your neighborhood? Let’s connect. Next grant deadline is Feb. 12.

Find out more here.

Announcing more than $208,000 in grants to neighborhood projects

Our grant making committee, made up of residents from Cleveland and East Cleveland, has approved $208,052 in grants to support 67 different neighborhood projects. Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, Cuyahoga County’s public funder for arts and culture, will co-fund 17 of the resident-led arts and culture projects through a partnership with our program.

Highlights of the grants

• Poetree Project Committee* was awarded $2000 for The Poetree Project. This project will install Poetree Boxes around the Detroit Shoreway community, promoting the arts and creating strong connections between diverse groups.

• Our Family Home Center was awarded $4000 for Youth Tutoring/Mentoring and Expanded Free Meal/Snack Program. This program provides tutoring, healthy snacks, and a hot meal to at-risk youth in the East Cleveland community.

• Refugee Ministries Development* was awarded $4000 for Rising Stars: Learning with Music & Technology. This program teaches Mt. Pleasant youth the science of music and its integration with math, language, science, culture, and help them develop performance skills.

• Rose House was awarded $1199 for Slavic Village Women and Girls Empowerment Summit. This day-long networking event brings together creative and inspiring women to give females in the community the opportunity to explore avenues they might otherwise not have known existed.

*Co-funded by Cuyahoga Arts & Culture and Neighborhood Connections

Cuyahoga Arts & Culture invested $75,000 in Neighborhood Connections in 2015 to support vibrant arts and cultural programs in Cleveland and East Cleveland, with the aim to support community-based arts and culture activities organized by and for residents.

“Our partnership with Cuyahoga Arts & Culture helps fuel community projects that are reinvigorating our neighborhoods,” said Tom O’Brien, program director of Neighborhood Connections. “The projects demonstrate that innovative ideas are bubbling up all over town.”

“Cuyahoga Arts & Culture is proud to invest public dollars in resident-led projects in our community,” said Karen Gahl-Mills, executive director of Cuyahoga Arts & Culture. “Through a continued partnership with Neighborhood Connections, we’re leveraging public funds to infuse Cleveland’s neighborhoods with vibrant arts and culture programs and events.”

Funded Projects

For a complete list of funded projects, click here.

Neighborhood Connections’ grant program offers grants of $500 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 neighborhood. Groups are encouraged to work with partners, and to propose creative solutions to challenges in their neighborhood.

More about Neighborhood Connections and Cuyahoga Arts & Culture

Neighborhood Connections is a grassroots community-building program created by the Cleveland Foundation in 2003. Neighborhood Connections awards small grants of less than $5,000 to fund citizen-led neighborhood projects, events, and activities that benefit Cleveland and East Cleveland. While most foundations solely extend grants to nonprofit organizations, Neighborhood Connections grants support the ideas of everyday people to make life better, right where they live. Through its grants, Neighborhood Connections seeks to build community by connecting people in Cleveland’s neighborhoods and encouraging them to become more engaged with each other and the city around them. Neighborhood Connections is guided by a grantmaking committee made up of 24 Cleveland and East Cleveland residents with a history of community involvement. The citizens’ committee reviews and approves all grants. Since 2003, Neighborhood Connections has awarded more than 2,000 grants totaling more than $7.15 million. For more information, visit neighborhoodgrants.org.

Cuyahoga Arts & Culture’s mission is to inspire and strengthen the community by investing in arts and culture. Cuyahoga County residents created Cuyahoga Arts & Culture in 2006 when they approved a tax on cigarettes to support arts and culture in our community. In 2015, the community affirmed its commitment to arts and culture by extending the tax through 2027 with Issue 8. Cuyahoga Arts & Culture has invested more than $140 million in more than 300 organizations to deliver on the promise made to support thousands of enriching arts and culture experiences in every corner of the county. For more information, visit www.cacgrants.org. In addition, through a partnership with Neighborhood Connections, CAC has co-funded about 175 resident-led arts and culture projects in Cleveland and East Cleveland since 2013.

Projects Funded in Fall 2015

Neighborhood Connections, in partnership with Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, funded 68 resident-led projects totaling $213,052 in Fall 2015.

Cuyahoga Arts & Culture is Cuyahoga County’s local public funder for arts and culture.

Click the link for a complete list of funded projects

For more information about the grants program, click here. 

Edible Forest to Feed Neighbors

A group of Bellaire-Puritas neighbors and parishioners at Blessed Trinity Church are planting an edible forest with a grant they received from Neighborhood Connections last year.

The forest has young fruit trees growing peaches, cherries, walnuts, apples and more. There is also a garden with tomatoes, peppers, melons and peas.

“The idea is to always have something blooming,” said Father Doug Kassel with Blessed Trinity Church.

It will  take two more years for the fruit trees to bloom and then “then anybody can use it,” Father Kassel added.

The forest and garden will be for the whole neighborhood and the food will supplement the food pantry at Blessed Trinity, 14040 Puritas Avenue, which is open three days a week.

Neighbors are continuing to plant flowers and vegetables. One neighbor with experience as a beekeeper built a bee hive and is extracting honey. There is even talk about getting chickens.  

“The grant was just essential,” Father Kassel said. “We couldn’t have done this without it.”