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 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.

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