ideastream: Clevelanders Navigating Loneliness, Social Isolation During Pandemic

This ideastream story included Neighbor Up members who are combatting social isolation like Gordon Martin and his work in the Stockyards neighborhood. Find the full story here. Greater Cleveland COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund awards over $238,000 to 4 non-profit organizations

We’re thrilled to receive more funding from the Greater Cleveland COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund to provide grants to small nonprofit organizations and grassroots group. Read the full story here and check our our grants here.

News 5: Community activist, business owners highlight comics featuring black superheroes, artists

Neighbor Up member Dawn Arrington talked with News 5 about her project Comics at the Corner, which was recently funded through Neighbor Up Adult Literacy Grants. Watch the story here.

The Sound of Ideas: Northeast Ohio, Winter, and How We Engage With Our Parks & Green Spaces

Neighbor Up member Kaela Geschke was part of a discussion on The Sound of Ideas about making inclusive public spaces. Listen in by clicking here. And find out more about Neighbor Up’s work around equity and public space here.

ideastream: Citizen ‘Documenters’ Shine A Light On Public Meetings In Cleveland

ideastream did great story on our Cleveland Documenters work . Click here to listen.

News 5: Podcast highlights efforts to build a better land in Northeast Ohio

Neighbor Up member Carol Malone talked with News 5 about the podcast “Neighbor Up Spotlight” that she created to highlight Neighbor Up members making positive change in the community.

Click here to watch the story.

And find all of the podcast’ episodes at

USA Today: Nature gap: Outdoor recreation isn’t just for white people. Invite Black youth outside.

Check out this story from USA Today about the Hood family and their work to connect people of color with the outdoors.

Excerpt from the article:

In 2009, the mother-daughter trio founded Syatt — an acronym for “See You At The Top” — with a grant from the Cleveland Foundation’s Neighborhood Connections program, and set out on a mission to not only increase access to natural spaces for Black youth, but to produce and encourage Black joy in places that haven’t always been safe or welcoming of people of color.

ideastream: In Cleveland, Unlike Richer Suburbs, Playgrounds Are Still Not for Playing

We are proud to support artist and activist Walter Patton’s work to provide a place for young people to play while playgrounds are closed with a Neighbor Up COVID-19 Rapid Response Grant. Listen to the ideastream story about Patton’s Create Art Not Violence, a weekly gathering in the Central neighborhood where kids can draw, make music or write.

Cleveland Magazine: A New Community-Centered Publication Covers Buckeye, Larchmere And More

Good news from the East Side — a resident-driven news site “A Greater Buckeye” is telling good news coming out of the Buckeye, Larchmere, Shaker Square and Woodland Hills neighborhoods. Read more in this Cleveland Magazine story.

Morning Journal: Neighbor Up examines assets of people, community in Lorain

The Morning Journal in Lorain wrote about work we’re doing there to connect residents and weave a stronger social fabric. Read the article here.

FreshWater: The Documenters come to CLE to keep public informed of what’s happening in our government meetings

Cleveland Documenters was spotlighted in this FreshWater story.

Excerpt: There are upwards of 150 City of Cleveland and Cuyahoga County governmental departments and agencies holding public meetings and conducting public business every day in Northeast Ohio, but many agencies receive no media coverage or even produce records of what was discussed.

News 5 Cleveland: Neighbor Up Cleveland makes sure sense of community and support isn’t forgotten during social distancing

Neighbor Up Cleveland has been building community networks for years, and now they are a vital resource of support and community during COVID-19…

Fresh Water Cleveland: Anti-bullying project shows #CLE kids that words hurt too

The Live 2 Love Project was funded by a Neighbor Up Action Grant:

“Craven Smith was bullied as a child. To cope, he became a bully himself. Now he’s on a mission to prevent bullying…”

CW 43 Focus: Fueling People Power

Check out this story about Neighbor Up Action Grants with journalist Harry Boomer on his Sunday morning show CW 43 Focus.

Announcing $180,979 in funding for 65 projects in Cleveland and East Cleveland

The Neighbor Up Action Grant Committee approved $180,979 in grants to support 65 projects in Cleveland and East Cleveland neighborhoods. Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, the local public funder for arts and culture, will co-fund eight of the resident-led arts and culture projects through a partnership with Neighborhood Connections. Cleveland Climate Action Fund will fund five of the projects through a partnership with Neighborhood Connections.

Highlights of the grants include:

  • Click Collective’s* East Cleveland: A Photographic Journey of Resilience and Rebirth is organizing a photography project throughout the neighborhood that shows the positive images of East Cleveland.
  • Teen Start’s Minorites in Construction Program will connect unemployed or underemployed young African-American men, ages 18 to 34 years old, who are interested in construction, with workshops and hands-on training in basic construction and maintenance.
  • The Muslim Writers Collective* will create a poetry collective for Muslim-identifying and Muslim heritage artists, which is womyn and queer-led and based in Sufi practices of worship and divine communion and creative practice.
  • Gordon Square CPR is a group of neighborhood paramedics who will train 100 persons in CPR, AED, Naloxone treatment, and Stop the Bleed. They will also place four more public access AED stations throughout the community and provide free training to individuals in the neighborhood.

*Co-funded by Cuyahoga Arts & Culture

“Together, people have the power to make real change and they’re doing it,” said Tom O’Brien, program director of Neighborhood Connections. “Residents from Cleveland and East Cleveland have innovative ideas and a small amount of funding can make those ideas a reality.”

Since 2003, Neighbor Up Action Grants have invested more than $8.1 million in more than 2,500 resident-led projects. 

Cuyahoga Arts & Culture invested $75,000 in Neighborhood Connections in 2019 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 340 resident-led arts and culture projects in Cleveland and East Cleveland since 2013.

“Arts and culture have the potential to transform a neighborhood,” said Jill M. Paulsen, CAC’s interim CEO and executive director. “Through our partnership with Neighborhood Connections, we’ve shifted power to hundreds of groups of residents who are using their creativity to energize and change our community for the better.”

See a complete list of grants awarded here.

The grants, called Neighbor Up Action Grants, are offered to groups of residents in Cleveland and East Cleveland to do projects that 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 Friday, February 14, 2020. Find out more information here.