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.

How to apply video


If you or someone you know does not have access to a computer and/or to the internet but wants to apply, we can take proposals over the phone.

Please call Gordon Martin at 216. 612.4047, Dawn Arrington at 216.930.4030, Nicole Hatcher at 216.659.9346, or Morgan Taggart at 216.544.1833.

Contact Tom O’Brien at 216.965.1393 with all other questions about the application process.

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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 at a time.

A group or organization may receive up to two (2) grants 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 need to find a fiscal sponsor. If you need assistance finding a fiscal sponsor, please contact us.

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. If approved for funding, you will receive an email letting you know, and you will be required to fill out some simple paperwork to receive your funding. If your proposal is declined funding, we are available to talk through the reasons why.

Groups and organizations awarded a grant will receive their funding within 14-20 days of the funding decision. (i.e. decisions are made every other Monday, and funds will be available by the Friday or Monday following the decision day if all required documents are submitted on time).


Reviews applications every other week and makes funding decisions:

  • Austreeia Everson, FARE Committee member
  • Dawn Arrington, ioby, Buckeye resident
  • Christina Keegan, Cleveland Pandemic Response, Buckeye resident
  • Gordon Martin, Stockyards resident
  • Joe Black, Sisters of Charity Foundation
  • Nicole Hatcher, Neighborhood Connections