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.”

Neighborhood Connections Announces Spring Grants

The Neighborhood Connections Grant Making Committee has approved $288,536 in grants to support 126 different resident-led projects in Cleveland and East Cleveland. Through a partnership with Neighborhood Connections, Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, the local public funder for arts and culture in Cuyahoga County, will co-fund 54 of the projects that bring vibrant arts and cultural activity to neighborhoods.

For a complete list of neighborhood projects that received funding, click here.

Some highlights of the grants include:

Fresh Camp* in Glenville was awarded $3,000 for Glenville Summer Fresh Camp. This camp teaches youth self-expression through lyric composition, digital music making and performance. Students will also participate in farming at urban gardens.

East Cleveland Girl Talk was awarded $3,000 for its Girl Talk Mentoring project. The project provides mentoring for girls ages 11-17 to help avoid negative outcomes such as poor scholastic behavior, teen pregnancy and alcohol and drug use.

Duck Island Block Club* in Tremont was awarded $1,200 for the Duck Island Community Mural, a project that will bring community members together to create a mural to beautify the neighborhood through art and share the history of Duck Island.

Pride Among Daughters and Sisters in Cleveland’s Fairfax neighborhood was awarded $714 for Females Maintaining Dignity in Cleveland, which provides feminine hygiene products for those in need.

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

“At Neighborhood Connections, we’re proud to invest in the residents of Cleveland and East Cleveland,” said Tom O’Brien, program director of Neighborhood Connections. “We believe their projects have the power to reinvigorate our neighborhoods and provide a foundation for a sustained Cleveland Renaissance. Our collaboration with Cuyahoga Arts & Culture allows us to invest in even more resident groups.”

Cuyahoga Arts & Culture has invested $245,000 in Neighborhood Connections since 2013 to support more than 160 vibrant arts and cultural programs organized by and for residents in Cleveland and East Cleveland.

“Cuyahoga Arts & Culture is delivering on its promise to residents to support vibrant arts and culture activities throughout Cuyahoga County with public dollars through this program,” said Karen Gahl-Mills, executive director of Cuyahoga Arts & Culture. “We’re pleased that our partnership with Neighborhood Connections has allowed us to support resident-led arts and culture projects and make our community a more vibrant place to live.”

The next deadline for proposals is August 14, 2015. Find out everything you need to know about applying here.

For more information about the Grant Making Committee, click here. 

Spring 2015 Grantees

Neighborhood Connections, in partnership with Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, funded 126 resident-led projects totaling $288,536 in Spring 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. 

Fall 2014 Grantees

Neighborhood Connections, in partnership with Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, funded ​67 resident-led projects totaling $150,000 in Fall 2014.

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

Click the link for a complete list of funded projects. 

 

Grantee Feature: Seniors Are Jewels

Seniors Are Jewels is a project that gets senior adults out of their homes and involved in activities including arts and crafts, movement and computer training. Grantee and Grant Making Committee member Tynetta Harris-McCall talks about the project and the grant funding provided by Neighborhood Connections that helped make it a reality.

66 Neighborhood Projects Funded

Neighborhood Connections, with additional funding from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, announces $150,000 in grants to 66 neighborhood projects in Cleveland and East Cleveland.

Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, Cuyahoga County’s local public funder for arts and culture, will co-fund 25 of the resident-led arts and culture projects through a partnership with Neighborhood Connections.

Some of projects are:

  • Hands That Speak Volumes, Inc.* will receive $1,400 for Everybody Can Make Music, workshops and drum sessions for the deaf or hard of hearing in downtown Cleveland.
  • African American Men Who Excel in Fairfax will receive $3,000 for Developing Youth to Make a Difference in the Community After School Program, a mentoring and tutoring program for elementary and middle school kids.
  • Ty and the Knight Writer LLC* will receive $2,000 for Youth Fighting Stigma, an intergenerational program where 20 mental health patients write their memoirs, which are then designed and edited by youth in Midtown.
  • Fullerton Block Club in Slavic Village will receive $3,000 for Bike-a-Thon and Night Out Against Crime. These two events will help strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships.
  • Clair Superior Youth Leadership Council* will receive funds for a Teen Center that will host teen-led cooking, art, skateboarding, computer and gardening programs for leadership development in St. Clair Superior.

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

Cuyahoga Arts & Culture invested $85,000 in Neighborhood Connections in 2014 to fund 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.

“We believe that empowered, active residents are at the heart of the Cleveland renaissance,” said Tom O’Brien, program director of Neighborhood Connections. “We see Neighborhood Connections grants as an investment in those folks and their innovative ideas, which are invigorating our city block by block.”

“Cuyahoga Arts & Culture’s vision is to create energetic neighborhoods that are infused with arts and culture,” said Karen Gahl-Mills, Cuyahoga Arts & Culture’s executive director.  “A partnership with Neighborhood Connections has ensured that public funding, which comes from the community, is helping residents to make their neighborhoods more vibrant.”

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.

Spring 2014 Grantees

Neighborhood Connections, in partnership with Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, funded 100 resident-led projects totaling $341,000 in Spring 2014.  Cuyahoga Arts & Culture is Cuyahoga County’s local public funder for arts and culture.

Click here for a list of the groups that received funding.

Fall 2013 Grantees

Neighborhood Connections, in partnership with Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, funded 90 groups totaling $270,000 in November 2013.  Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, Cuyahoga County’s local public funder for arts and culture, co-funded 35 of the resident-led arts and culture projects through a unique partnership with Neighborhood Connections.

For a complete list of funded projects, click here.

Spring 2013 Grantees

Neighborhood Connections funded 90 groups totaling $270,000 in November 2013.

For a complete list of funded projects, click here.

Fall 2012 Grantees

Neighborhood Connections funded a variety of resident-led projects in Fall 2012.

For a complete list of funded projects, click here.

 

 

Fall 2011 Grantees

Neighborhood Connections funded 89 groups totaling $318,000 in November 2011.

For a complete list of funded projects, click here.

 

 

Spring 2011 Grantees

Neighborhood Connections funded a variety of resident-led projects in Spring 2011.

Click here for a complete list of funded projects.

 

 

Fall 2010 Grantees

Neighborhood Connections funded 93 groups totaling $325,000 in November 2010.

For a complete list of funded projects, click here.

Spring 2010 Grantees

Neighborhood Connections funded 92 groups totaling $325,000 in Spring 2010.

For a complete list of funded projects, click here.