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Neighborhood Connections Grant

Grants to Ohio Community Groups for Projects that
Improve the Quality of Life for Residents of the Cleveland Area

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Foundation / Corporation

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Neighborhood Connections

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Deadline Date:

08/10/18 5:00 PM


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Grants ranging from $500 to $5,000 to Ohio community or resident-led groups for projects that aim to improve the quality of life of Cleveland and East Cleveland area residents. Funding is intended to support small-scale, grassroots projects that will positively affect the community. Funds may be used for a wide variety of activities.

Additional funding is available for arts and cultural projects.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 173429

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants range from $500 to $5,000.

Term of Contract:

Grant duration is up to one year.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Any resident-led or community group is eligible to apply, including those that aren’t an official nonprofit organization.

Grant applicants that do not have an official nonprofit status must identify a fiscal agent. A fiscal agent is a 501(c)(3) organization that will handle the grant money on behalf of the neighborhood group. A letter from the organization willing to function as a fiscal agent must accompany the grant application. The fiscal agent’s 501(c)(3) IRS determination letter should also be included.

Neighborhood Connections does not make grants to:
- Capital campaigns
- Endowment funds
- For-profit entities
- Fundraising events
- Government agencies or departments
- Individuals
- Lobbying efforts
- Political groups
- Religious organizations for religious purposes
- Single businesses

Pre-proposal Conference:

Attend a Grantseeker Workshop to learn everything you need to know to apply. Workshops are held the month before each deadline. Attend one to find out what you need to know to apply.

Upcoming workshops are:

- July 17, 6 to 8 p.m. Location TBD.

- July 25, 4 to 6 p.m. at Neighborhood Connections, 5000 Euclid Ave. #310 (inside the Agora. Free parking behind building off of Prospect road.)

- August 2, 6 to 8 p.m. Location TBD.

Pre-Application Information:

Proposals are accepted twice each year on the second Friday in February and August. (In 2018, those dates are February 9 and August 10.) Proposals must be received by 5 p.m. on those days. No group may receive two grants within a one-year time period.

All projects require a dollar-for-dollar match in the form of cash, in-kind donated services, or the contribution of materials, supplies, and other program-related donations.

Grant applications should include letters of support from community partners whose cooperation or involvement is necessary to the project’s success. In addition, letters of commitment from governmental agencies or schools should be included when appropriate. For example, if the project involves public property, the governmental agency associated with the property should include a letter of support for the project and a commitment to provide whatever service is required to accomplish the project.

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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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Mail or deliver applications to:
Neighborhood Connections
5000 Euclid Avenue
Suite 310
Cleveland, OH 44103

Cynthia Lewis, Grants Manager

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Ohio: Cleveland and East Cleveland