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OUR STORY

Neighborhood Connections is an innovative, nationally recognized community-building program established in 2003.

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.

Neighbor Up is a network of residents and other stakeholders from Greater Cleveland. Neighborhood Connections, through its mission of “igniting the power of everyday people to create, together, an extraordinary world right where they live,” works with this network of residents on issues that they care enough about to act on.

 

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.

We believe PEOPLE MATTER

Through our small grants program – the largest small grants program in the nation – we invest in resident-led projects that are improving Cleveland and East Cleveland neighborhoods. 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.

We believe PLACE MATTERS

We are working extensively with Neighbor Up members in Buckeye-Shaker, Clark-Fulton, Glenville, Mt. Pleasant and University Circle to host monthly Network Night gatherings in those communities because where you live and who you know matters.

We believe SYSTEMS MATTER

Teams of Neighbor Up members have mobilized around the issues of wealth and health equity in Greater University Circle. They formed partnerships that continue to push the envelope in terms of policy and procedural reform.

Members are working with University Hospitals and the nonprofit Towards Employment on the neighborhood jobs pipeline Step Up to UH.

Members 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.

All of these initiatives are infused with what we call Neighbor Up Practices – simple methods used to prime the room for positivity, feed people’s aspirational energy and unleash the capacity for creative solutions.

Our vision is of a united Cleveland — supported by thousands of engaged residents and Neighbor Up members — 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 parters: Cleveland Foundation, St. Luke’s Foundation and Cuyahoga Arts & Culture!