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Apply for a Grant

We offer small grants to groups of residents in Cleveland and East Cleveland to do projects that improve the quality of life in their communities.

Grants range from $500 to $5,000.

Proposals are accepted twice each year.

The next deadline to apply is March 1, 2019.

Proposals must be received by 5 p.m. on that day. No group may receive two grants within a one-year time period.

Grants are intended to spur small, grassroots community projects. Grants may be used for a wide variety of activities and projects, and groups are encouraged to think in new ways about what will work in their communities and with whom they might partner.

Ready to get started?

Step 1: Find out more about the application process

Click here for the Application Timeline. 

Step 2: Attend a Grantseeker Workshop to learn everything you need to know to apply

Grantseeker Workshops are held the month before each deadline. Attend one to find out what you need to know to apply. Click on the date of the workshop you’d like to attend for details on time and location:

Step 3: Questions?

See a list of Frequently Asked Questions or call us at 216-361-0042.

Now you are ready to apply!

Apply online here OR

Download the application to type or fill it out by hand. 

Funding information

Grants range from $500 to $5,000. Grant recipients must secure a dollar-for-dollar match equal to the amount requested from Neighborhood Connections. The match can be in the form of cash, volunteer labor, or donated goods or services.

Any resident-led or community group is eligible to apply, including those that aren’t an official nonprofit organization.

Grant duration is up to one year. A group may only apply for one grant at a time. No group may receive two grants within a one-year time period.

Neighborhood Connections does not make grants to:

  • Capital campaigns
  • Endowment funds
  • For-profit entities
  • Fundraising events
  • Government agencies or departments
  • Individuals
  • Lobbying efforts
  • Political groups
  • Religious organizations for religious purposes
  • Single businesses

Fiscal agent

Grant applicants that do not have an official nonprofit status must identify a fiscal agent. A fiscal agent is a 501(c)(3) organization that will handle the grant money on behalf of the neighborhood group. A letter from the organization willing to function as a fiscal agent must accompany the grant application. The fiscal agent’s 501(c)(3) IRS determination letter should also be included.

Other indications of support

Grant applications should include letters of support from community partners whose cooperation or involvement is necessary to the project’s success. In addition, letters of commitment from governmental agencies or schools should be included when appropriate. For example, if the project involves public property, the governmental agency associated with the property should include a letter of support for the project and a commitment to provide whatever service is required to accomplish the project.

Already received funding and ready to complete your Final Report? Click here.




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  1. lmills

    Hi Ryan, You could be. Our Action Grants require at least 3 people, including residents, to be project leaders. So if you talk with neighborhood residents and find people want to get involved and become key leaders on the project, then it would be a good match for the Neighbor Up Action Grants.

  2. I am not sure if I am right for one of these grants. I live in Lake County, but create art is Cleveland. I want to create a junk upcycled garden in some otherwise unutilized space in Cleveland.

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