Our Grant Making Committee, made up of 22 residents from Cleveland and East Cleveland, has approved $150,041 in grants to support 60 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 through a partnership with us.
Highlights of the grants include:
- Uplyff in Buckeye received $2,500 to host Swahili language classes and teach the principles of Kwanzaa. Healthy treats centered around traditional East African food will be provided.
- The Creative Communities Project* in Ohio City received $2,000 to host a quarterly PechaKucha style speaker series focused on neighborhood topics and art activities for adults, including gallery tours, interactions with artists, and book clubs.
- Math for All in East Cleveland received $1,000 to teach and proliferate the board game “Smath” among high school, junior high, and elementary school age children.
- Community Quilters* in Bellaire Puritas received $600 to host a quilting workshop in a neighborhood school.
*Co-funded by Cuyahoga Arts & Culture
“Residents all across Cleveland and East Cleveland have great ideas to improve their communities,” said Tom O’Brien, program director of Neighborhood Connections. “We’re honored to support their work with these small grants. So much is possible when people come together and realize their own power.”
Since 2003, we have awarded 2,435 grants totaling more than $7.9 million.
Cuyahoga Arts & Culture invested $75,000 in Neighborhood Connections in 2018 to support additional community-based arts and culture activities organized by and for Cuyahoga County residents. Through this partnership, CAC has co-funded 316 resident-led arts and culture projects in Cleveland and East Cleveland since 2013.
“We are proud to work with Neighborhood Connections to recognize the Cleveland and East Cleveland residents who are using arts and culture to strengthen their community,” said Jill Paulsen, interim CEO + executive director of Cuyahoga Arts & Culture. “Our partnership with Neighborhood Connections shifts power to residents and supports the creativity that exists in every neighborhood.”
Click the link for a complete list of grants awarded.
We offer 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 is March 1, 2019. The grants are one part of our mission is to fuel the power of neighbors to create, together, an extraordinary world right where they live.
Cuyahoga Arts & Culture (CAC) is one of the largest public funders for arts and culture in the nation, helping hundreds of organizations in Cuyahoga County connect millions of people to cultural experiences each year. Since 2006, CAC has invested more than $181 million in more than 400 organizations both large and small, making our community a more vibrant place to live, work and play. For more information, visit cacgrants.org.