Our Grant Making Committee, made up of 21 residents from Cleveland and East Cleveland, has approved $195,660 in grants to support 65 resident-led projects in Cleveland and East Cleveland.
Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, the local public funder for arts and culture, will co-fund 15 of the resident-led arts and culture projects.
Highlights of the grants include:
• Caledonia Community Center* in East Cleveland received $2,000 for their Fine Arts for Children in Crisis project, which seeks to teach fine arts to students with behavioral issues.
• Simply United Together in Glenville was awarded $2,326 for Princess to Queen. This mentoring project seeks to empower girls ages 11-18 to pursue higher education, and become engaged leaders in their community.
• Elu Dance Company* in Clark Fulton received $2,000 for “A Journey Home.” An after school arts collective supporting new immigrant and refugee students through music, dance and storytelling.
• Fenwick Block Club in Stockyards was granted $4,700 to revitalize the community garden and grassy area along the highway fence into a functional green space for residents’ recreation and relaxation.
*Co-funded by Cuyahoga Arts & Culture
“These grants show that you don’t have to move to live in a better neighborhood,” said Tom O’Brien, program director of Neighborhood Connections. “With a small amount of funding, people can turn their good ideas into real, concrete examples of positive change, of what’s possible in a neighborhood when people work together. It’s inspiring.”
Since 2003, Neighborhood Connections has awarded more than 2,375 grants totaling more than $7.78 million.
Cuyahoga Arts & Culture invested $75,000 in Neighborhood Connections in 2017 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 286 resident-led arts and culture projects in Cleveland and East Cleveland since 2013.
“Through our partnership with Neighborhood Connections, CAC is investing public dollars into important Cleveland and East Cleveland neighborhoods,” said Karen Gahl-Mills, CEO + executive director of Cuyahoga Arts & Culture. “We’re proud to support community-led efforts to use arts and culture to make Cuyahoga County a better place to live.”
Click the link for a list of Neighborhood Connections Grants, Fall 2017.
Neighborhood Connections’ grant program offers grants of up to $5,000 to groups of residents in Cleveland and East Cleveland who organize projects to 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 from Neighborhood Connections is Friday, February 9, 2018.