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Grants

Apply for a Grant

Neighborhood Connections offers 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. 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.
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Announcing our grants for Fall 2016!

Our Grant Making Committee has approved $200,269 in grants to support 72 projects throughout Cleveland and East Cleveland. Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, the county’s public funder for arts and culture, will co-fund 26 of the resident-led arts and culture projects. Highlights of the grants include: Change Makers* was awarded $4,000 for Invigorate Art Gallery @6500. This outdoor gallery will feature work of professional and novice artists in Hough..
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Projects Funded in Fall 2016

Neighborhood Connections, with additional funding from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, will support 72 projects in Cleveland and East Cleveland with grants totaling $200,269. Click here for details about each project, the grant amount awarded, and neighborhood where the project will take place. Projects marked with an asterisk (*) are co-funded by the residents of Cuyahoga County through Cuyahoga Arts & Culture. Interested in apply for a grant? Our next deadline is Friday,.
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Projects Funded in Spring 2016

Neighborhood Connections, with additional funding from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, will support 120 projects in Cleveland and East Cleveland with grants totaling $288,672. Click here for details about each project, the grant amount awarded, and neighborhood where the project will take place. Projects marked with an asterisk (*) are co-funded by the residents of Cuyahoga County through Cuyahoga Arts & Culture. Interested in apply for a grant? Our next deadline.
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Projects Funded in Fall 2015

Neighborhood Connections, in partnership with Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, funded 68 resident-led projects totaling $213,052 in Fall 2015. Cuyahoga Arts & Culture is Cuyahoga County’s local public funder for arts and culture. Click the link for a complete list of funded projects.  For more information about the grants program, click here. .
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Want to apply for a grant?

Find out everything you need to know about applying for a Neighborhood Connections grant at a Grantseeker Orientation. Grantseeker Orientations are held in the weeks leading up to our grant deadlines. Check back for dates and locations or call 216-361-0042. Learn more about Neighborhood Connections grants here.  .
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Spring 2015 Grantees

Neighborhood Connections, in partnership with Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, funded 126 resident-led projects totaling $288,536 in Spring 2015. Cuyahoga Arts & Culture is Cuyahoga County’s local public funder for arts and culture. Click the link for a complete list of funded projects. .
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Fall 2014 Grantees

Neighborhood Connections, in partnership with Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, funded ​67 resident-led projects totaling $150,000 in Fall 2014. Cuyahoga Arts & Culture is Cuyahoga County’s local public funder for arts and culture. Click the link for a complete list of funded projects.   .
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What Is the Grant Making Committee?

To ensure that we fund neighborhood priorities, a Grant Making Committee of Cleveland and East Cleveland residents reviews all Neighborhood Connections grant applications and makes final decisions about which proposals are funded and at what level. Current committee members select new members from all areas of Cleveland and East Cleveland. Committee members serve three-year terms. The role of the Neighborhood Connections Grant Making Committee member is to thoroughly read,.
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Project Resources

The following websites provide information useful to nonprofit organizations. You may find these to be good resources for your project. Bright Ideas Website offers stories of effective practices used by high-performing non-profits around the state. Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development Research unit at Case Western Reserve University examines issues of poverty in cities. Find publications and data on the Cleveland area. Cleveland City Planning Commission The City Planning Commission’s.
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Podcasts featuring Neighborhood Connections

Listen to these podcasts featuring the work of Neighborhood Connections. Lee Kay, a consultant with Neighborhood Connections, talks about Working with Resident-Led Grantmaking Committees. Blaine Griffin, a flagship member of the Grantmaking Committee, talks about What Makes a Good Grassroots Grantmaking Committee Member. Sarah Gyorki, a flagship member of the Grantmaking Committee, talks about Cultivating a Grassroots Grantmaking Committee. Joe Konen, a former member of the Grantmaking Committee, talks about Thoughtful Grantmaking at Grassroots.
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Application Timeline

Attend a Grantseeker Orientation Session Before completing your grant application, please attend a grantseeker orientation session. We host these meetings in the month before each grant deadline to assist grantseekers in preparing their applications and to answer questions. Each session will cover how to apply and what to expect after submitting an application. One-on-One Assistance If you need additional help after attending an orientation session, limited one-on-one assistance is also.
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Grant Application

Our upcoming grant deadlines are 5 p.m. on Friday, August 11, 2017 and Friday, February 9, 2018. You are invited to apply! Additional funding available for arts and cultural projects thanks to the support of Cuyahoga Arts & Culture. There are several ways to apply for funding: Apply online by clicking here. Download a copy of our NEW!! Application, fill it out by hand and submit it to our office. Download.
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Training Opportunities

Listed below are training opportunities. Please contact the individual training provider for additional information. The Foundation Center – Cleveland offers free introductory classes on proposal writing, grant seeking, fundraising planning and more. They also offer more indepth, fee-based classes on fundraising and have a reference library to research potential funders. The Neighborhood Leadership Development Program (NLDP), a program of the Mandel Foundation, is an innovative program for emerging and.
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Looking for a place to hold your gathering?

Looking for a location to hold your meetings, events, or program activities? Schools as Neighborhood Resources (SNR) offers a safe place to play, learn and have fun. Located at six Cleveland Metropolitan Schools, people of all ages can participate in activities like aerobics, arts and crafts, basketball, basic computers, swimming, music, line dancing, weightlifting, and much, much more! All of these activities are free! SNR sites will.
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