By creating high-energy, positive spaces that level the playing field, everyone has a voice and power is shared. Only then can people tackle tough challenges and begin to create extraordinary neighborhoods where economic and racial justice thrive. We’re working to spread this way of community involvement.
Neighbor Up Gatherings
Virtual Community of Practice
Join this fun, free learning exchange about community network building & the Neighbor Up Network now online and by phone! If you have a question, challenge or breakthrough about community building, bring it to this supportive, energizing gathering.
Our small grants help people invest in their ideas and make a positive impact in their neighborhoods.
Neighbor Up COVID-19 Rapid Response Grants: Through funding from the COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund, we’re offering small grants up to $5000 to small non-profits, faith-based organizations, and grassroots groups in Cuyahoga, Lake and Geauga counties to support their work in helping people in the community.
Community Garden and Farmers Market Grants
We’re offering one-time grants for community gardens, farmers markets and garden art in Cleveland and East Cleveland.
Microloans for Grassroots Entrepreneurs
We’re working with a team of parishioners and community members at Blessed Trinity Parish to offer microloans for grassroots entrepreneurs who want to start or grow businesses in the West Park area.
Neighbor Up members are working to bridge divides and build equitable and just communities in a variety of ways.
Members are working in the Buckeye-Shaker, West Park and Broadway-Slavic Village neighborhoods in Cleveland and the South Lorain neighborhood in Lorain to build community networks for mutual support.
Teams of network builders are making phone calls and hosting online gatherings like our twice monthly Community of Practice.
Other members are working to activate and connect in public spaces and to build digital power for the people.
We’ve also launched Cleveland Documenters, in partnership with Chicago-based civic journalism lab City Bureau, to recruit, train and pay Greater Clevelanders to document official committee meetings of the Cuyahoga County and City of Cleveland governments and contribute to a communal pool of public knowledge.
Check out our blog to find out the latest information on the work of Neighbor Up members.
Neighbor Up Spotlight
Hosted by Neighbor Up member Carol Malone, the “Neighbor Up Spotlight” podcast shines a spotlight on unsung heroes making positive change in their communities. Find it on iTunes and SoundCloud.