Neighborhood Connections Awards More Than $300,000 in Grants to Cleveland and East Cleveland Neighborhood Groups

CLEVELAND  – Neighborhood Connections, the small-grants and grassroots community-building program affiliated with the Cleveland Foundation,  recently awarded $305,000 in grants to support 77 different projects in Cleveland and East Cleveland. Neighborhood Connections’ mission is to ignite the power of everyday people to create, together, an extraordinary world right where they live. 

Recent grants include:

  • Morgana Little League was granted $5,000 for Project Safe Baseball in Slavic Village. The funds will be used to provide the players with uniforms, safety gear and proper equipment for safe play. The league provides families opportunities to volunteer, socialize and have fun in the Union Miles neighborhood.
  • The North Collinwood Summer Guide Project was awarded $2,250 to publish Scoop on Summer 2013, a summertime activities guide for the North Collinwood neighborhood.
  • In the Mt. Pleasant neighborhood, Salaam Community Garden 131 received $5,000 to expand production at its community garden and to involve youth in the project.
  • The Downtown Cleveland Residents Association received $5,000 to improve communications between downtown tenants’ organizations, condo associations, and block groups through the development of a membership campaign, community gatherings, events, and marketing materials.

“All of these groups granted funds exemplify what Neighborhood Connections is about: citizen action!” says Tom O’Brien, program director of Neighborhood Connections. “It’s about small groups of people who live, work, or worship in a community, coming together around something they care about and making change right where they live. They tap into neighborhood strengths – mainly the strengths of individuals, but also that of other small groups, established organizations, physical assets, and the local economy – to create the neighborhood they desire. There is great power in people. These groups and their networks are at the center of neighborhood-change efforts.”

For a complete list of Neighborhood Connections grants awarded in this round, visit www.neighborhoodgrants.org.  The next deadline for proposals is Friday, Feb. 8, 2013.

Neighborhood Connections

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.

Cleveland Foundation

Established in 1914, the Cleveland Foundation is the world’s first community foundation and one of the largest today, with assets of $1.8 billion and 2011 grants of $80 million. Through the generosity of donors, the foundation improves the lives of Greater Clevelanders by building community endowment, addressing needs through grantmaking, and providing leadership on vital issues. The foundation tackles the community’s priority areas – economic transformation, public-school improvement, youth development, neighborhood revitalization, and arts advancement – and responds to the community’s needs.

For more information on the Cleveland Foundation, please visit ClevelandFoundation.org.

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