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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. Upcoming dates are March 1, 2019 and August 9, 2019. Proposals must be received by 5 p.m. on those days. 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 

Workshops are held the month before each deadline. Attend one to find out what you need to know to apply. Workshops will be held in January, 2019. Check back here for details.

Step 3: Questions?

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

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

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.





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  1. lmills

    Our next deadline is Friday, February 8, 2019 so too late for the August deadline, but we hope you’ll apply for the February round. Details at http://www.neighborhoodgrants.org/grants

  2. kanika williams

    is it to late to apply for a grant

  3. lmills

    The group doesn’t have to be a nonprofit. The grants are meant to support grassroots projects, projects groups of residents have to improve the quality of life in neighborhoods. Government entities are not eligible.

  4. jmiller

    Does your organization have to be a 501c3? Can government entities apply?

  5. lmills

    Yes you can still apply. Call us if you have any questions at 216-361-0042.

  6. Marilyn Henderson

    Can we apply for the grant even if we did not attend a workshop?
    I came on Tuesday February 7th, but it had been cancelled. I could not attend the one on Thursday, due to a prior commitment. Thank you

  7. lmills

    All of the workshops have passed, but you can come to Network Night this Thursday at 6 p.m. at 1919 East 107th St. (at Chester Avenue) to get more info on the grant process.

  8. How do I attend a meeting when and where thank you.

  9. lmills

    It will be here. Just show up, no need to rsvp. See you then!

  10. I will like to attend the grant meeting at the office on the 27th. Please inform me should there be a cancellation.

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