Empowering People to Become Engaged
Neighborhood Connections is a small-grants and grassroots community-building program created by the Cleveland Foundation in 2003. Neighborhood Connections awards small grants of less than $5,000 to fund citizen-led neighborhood projects, events, and activities that benefit Cleveland and East Cleveland. While most foundations solely extend grants to nonprofit organizations, Neighborhood Connections grants are awarded to residents themselves to support the ideas of everyday people to make life better, right where they live.
Through its grants, Neighborhood Connections seeks to build community by connecting people in Cleveland’s neighborhoods and encouraging them to become more engaged with each other and the city around them.
Neighborhood Connections is guided by a grantmaking committee made up of 24 Cleveland residents with a history of community involvement. The committee reviews and approves all grants. Since 2003, Neighborhood Connections has awarded more than 1,600 grants totaling $5 million.