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OUR STORY

Neighborhood Connections is a nationally recognized community-building program established in 2003.

Our mission is to “ignite the power of everyday people to create, together, an extraordinary world right where they live.” We do this through trainings and small grant funding. Grants range from $500 to $5,000 per project. Since 2003, we have funded about 2,300 projects to the tune of more than $7.5 million.

Our work begins with residents, but we also know that we need to work closely with institutional players to share power and make lasting change in our communities. To that end, we work with Towards Employment and University Hospitals on a neighborhood jobs pipeline Step Up to UH. And, we are also part of the Greater University Circle Community Health Initiative, which is focused on lowering the rate of infant mortality and abating the hazards of lead paint in Greater University Circle.

Our vision is of a united Cleveland — supported by thousands of engaged residents — where we recognize our community’s assets, where bridges are built across lines of difference, and where authentic relationships lead to a new culture of trust and a more just, equitable and inclusive community. Come join us!

Special thanks to our funders and partners: Cleveland Foundation, St. Luke’s Foundation and Cuyahoga Arts & Culture! Neighborhood Connections is a program of Suite 1300 Services, Inc., a 501 c 3 nonprofit. This non profit is funded by many partners. Neighborhood Connections does not necessarily represent the opinions of those partners.