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Neighborhood Connections approves more than $300K in grants for Cleveland, East Cleveland projects

Since 2003, Neighborhood Connections has invested more than $10 million in more than 3,500 resident-led projects in Cleveland and East Cleveland.

CLEVELAND — Editor's Note: The above video is from a previous interview involving Neighborhood Connections

Neighborhood Connections has approved $323,930 in grants to support 126 projects in Cleveland and East Cleveland neighborhoods. 

The money will be used for a number of different things and 22 of the resident-led arts and culture projects will be co-funded by Cuyahoga Arts & Culture through the partnership with Neighborhood Connections.

“We received more proposals from Greater Clevelanders this round than ever before,” said Tom O’Brien, program director of Neighborhood Connections. “People are resilient and working to create extraordinary communities right where they live despite many obstacles, including the pandemic. The funded projects show what can happen when we invest in residents working together to make the change they want to see.”

Some of the grant recipients include the Creative Healing Foundation, which received $3,000 in order to expand their “City Scenes,” which is an artist photo walk program throughout the city of Cleveland; Furaha Forever Productions, an organization that provides Family Creative Kits to families in need and those that have been impacted by COVID-19 in the Old Brooklyn neighborhood of Cleveland, has received $2,000; The Barrioboy Community Garden was granted $2,250 in order to put up a fence around their community garden in the Clark-Fulton neighborhood of Cleveland; and $2,250 to Black Men Who Excel, for piano lessons to children in the Fairfax neighborhood of Cleveland.

“Now more than ever, we need creative experiences that are safe, welcoming, and close to home,” said Jill M. Paulsen, executive director of Cuyahoga Arts & Culture. “By investing in Neighbor Up grants, we are recognizing the power and expertise that people have to use arts and culture to make their neighborhoods stronger.”

Since 2003, Neighborhood Connections has invested more than $10 million in more than 3,500 resident-led projects in Cleveland and East Cleveland, according to the release.

For a complete list of the grants that have been awarded, visit neighborupCLE.org.

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