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 in Cuyahoga, Geauga and Lake counties for efforts related to the provision of needs during COVID-19.
Groups funded this week and last week include:
- Community Yahoo’s in Broadway-Slavic Village will create the “Bridge to Life” located over I-77 on Fleet Avenue. One side of the bridge will have a memorial to those who have passed from COVID-19. There will be homemade masks in baggies that people can take in memory of someone who has passed from COVID-19. On the opposite side of the bridge will be names of survivors of COVID-19 and people will be able to take a mask in the name of a survivor. The goal to start is 250 masks on each side of the bridge for a total of 500 masks.
- Destination Success in Glenville will provide food, hygiene supplies, help with gloves, masks, hand sanitizer, bus passes, gas cards, and self-esteem kits, which include make-up, hair products, a pamphlet on suicide prevention. and school supplies. Those in Destination Success have lost jobs and need these essentials. They will help their students with school supplies and the family with basic needs. They have created an online workshop to help people not succumb to depression and to give them a greater outlook on life which allows us to continue building social connections.
- We Think 4 A Change in Stockyards and Garden Valley will help support People Living with HIV/AIDS during the COVID-19 crisis and help them stay connected in the community. They will increase access to services by providing transportation to medical appointments, assisting with medication pickups, food delivery, and other needed services will be provided for those living with HIV/AIDS.
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 can 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 cover a 12-week period and will be between $500 and $5,000.