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Other Funding Opportunities

Listed below are other potential funding sources for grassroots groups.

The Foundation Center has a library full of resources to help you find more funders, and free training classes on fundraising, 
proposal writing, and nonprofit management. 
Call them at 216-861-1933 ext. 325, visit their website at 
www.foundationcenter.org/cleveland, or stop by: 
1422 Euclid Avenue (Hanna Building), Suite 1600, 
Cleveland, OH 44115.

Cleveland Climate Action Fund provides funding for neighborhood groups in the city of Cleveland. CCAF funds projects that address people’s needs and the environment by building on neighborhood assets. For more information, visit www.clevelandclimateaction.org or call 216-664-2155.

The Cleveland Colectivo welcomes individuals, new businesses, and community projects to participate. Grant amounts will range between $500 and $5,000, based on the number of projects selected.

Cuyahoga Arts & Culture’s new grant guidelines and eligibility requirements for the Project Support Grant Program are now available online at www.cacgrants.org or call 216-515-8303. Organizations must be 501 c 3 non profit organizations to receive funds through CAC.

The City of Cleveland Gardening for Greenbacks program offers grants up to $5,000 for market gardeners in the City of Cleveland. These grants are sponsored by the City of Cleveland’s Department of Economic Development in partnership with the Cleveland Department of Public Health, the New Agrarian Center, The Ohio State University Extension, and Case Western Reserve University. For more detailed information, contact Anthony Stella at 216-664-4363 or astella@city.cleveland.oh.us.

Ohio Humanities, an independent non-profit organization funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities and private contributions, serves as a public advocate for humanities in Ohio. The organization promotes the humanities through public programs, grants and community projects.

The Friends of Slavic Village Mini Grant Program Mini Grants are awarded to residents living in and community groups serving residents in Broadway Slavic Village. The mini grants must be used for projects that benefit the community — they cannot be used for personal gain. For more info, visit www.slavicvillage.org/getinvolved, email susang@slavicvillage.org or call Susan at 216-429-1182 ext. 132.

The Ohio Arts Council is a state agency that funds and supports quality arts experiences to strengthen Ohio communities culturally, educationally, and economically. They offer a host of community programs that offer training and funds for small and emerging arts organizations. The programs include Art Access, Arts Innovation, Capacity Building, and the Building Cultural Diversity Initiative.

The Organizers and Allies Mini Grant program was created to be Rolling and Responsive in order to assist with quick financial needs. Mini grants are awarded to any group who has partnered with a fiscal agent. The mini grants must be used for projects that benefit the community — they cannot be used for personal gain. The application be found on Cleveland Neighborhood Progress’ website.

The Self-Development of People Fund (SDOP) of the Presbyterian Church (USA) makes grants to community groups who are working to improve their economic condition. Contact the Presbytery of the Western Reserve at 216-241-3966 or by email at pwrinfo@preswesres.org. The SDOP Committee welcomes proposals from all groups without regard to affiliation.

The United Black Fund of Greater Cleveland has financially assisted many non-profit organizations in the Greater Cleveland area. An important part of the philosophy is to insure that non-profit charitable organizations serving the poor, Black, and other minorities receive an equitable share of the charitable dollars. United Black Fund of Greater Cleveland funds over 80 non-profit agencies annually.


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