New in 2019: CCAF is partnering with Neighborhood Connections!

We are really excited to announce our new partnership with Neighborhood Connections!  Starting in 2019, you can apply for funding for Climate Action and Sustainability projects through the Neighbor Up Action Grant proposal.


  1. Attend a Grantseeker Orientation Session:

Before completing your grant application, please attend a grantseeker orientation session. We host these meetings in the month before each grant deadline to assist grantseekers in preparing their applications and to answer questions. Each session will cover how to apply and what to expect after submitting an application.  Below is a list of dates and locations:

  • Thursday, January 24: 4 to 6 p.m. Cleveland Public Library, Mt. Pleasant branch
  • Saturday, February 2: : 10:30 a.m. to noon at Cleveland Public Library, Carnegie West branch
  • Monday, February 11: 6 to 8 p.m. at West 78th Street Studios
  • Tuesday, February 19: 5 to 7 p.m. at East Cleveland Public Library
  • Office hours on February 25: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Neighborhood Connections.If you need additional help after attending an orientation session, one-on-one assistance is also available through the Neighbor Up Action Clinic by calling 216-361-0042.
  1. *DEADLINE*Complete the Application by March 1, 2019!

Application is here. Submit the proposal here.

  1. Grant Making Committee Review:

After the application is submitted, it goes to the Grant Making Committee. The committee is made up of Cleveland and East Cleveland residents. They review each application and determine which applicants to interview. Because of the volume of applicants, they can only interview the groups that meet the basic criteria.

  1. Interviews:

Interviews are conducted at convenient locations in Cleveland and East Cleveland neighborhoods. Up to three individuals may attend the meeting. Groups will have time to talk more about the ideas presented in their application, and will answer questions from the committee.

  1. Notification:

Groups will be notified approximately 10-12 weeks after submitting their application whether they received funding.

  1. Grantee Orientation:

Groups chosen to receive funding (and their fiscal agent, if appropriate) will be required to attend an orientation session providing assistance with the project’s implementation.

  1. Final Report:

Within a month after grant activities are completed, grant recipients will be expected to provide a report on their work.


Contact Cathi Lehn, or call at 216-664-2421

To learn more about past projects focused on Climate Action and Sustainability and to gain some inspiration if you need it, visit here and here.

Can’t wait to hear your ideas!

Announcing the 2017 Crowdfunding Challenge!

iobyccaf2This fall, the Cleveland Climate Action Fund and Resilient Cleveland have teamed up again with In Our Backyards (ioby) to award $1:$1 matching funds to community projects that prepare Cleveland neighborhoods for the impacts of climate change.

As a part of the CCAF Crowdfunding Challenge, every dollar raised towards your ioby project could be matched up to $5,000 (or until the funds run out)! This effectively doubles the resources available to resident-led projects and programs administered by community-based organizations all over the city.

To get started, tell us about your project at


The CCAF Crowdfunding Challenge is designed to fund ideas that are innovative, practical, and sustainable. Projects will be assessed and awarded match funds based on the following criteria:

  1. Project location is within the city of Cleveland
  2. Projects have an impact by reducing local emissions or making neighborhoods more resilient to the impacts of climate change. Projects often seek to improve awareness, build wealth, or support environmental justice and better health. Example projects include tree plantings, clean energy or energy efficiency,  and sustainable transportation initiatives.
  3. Project demonstrates community buy-in by receiving at least 10 donations through its ioby campaign page before midnight on December 31st, 2017


  • Feb 1, 2018:  Deadline to submit your project idea at
  • Feb 30, 2018:  Deadline to build your campaign page at
  • March 31, 2018:  Deadline to receive 10 donations to your campaign page
  • April 19, 2018:  Winners notified of match amounts
  • May 15, 2018:  Crowdfunding campaign ends (fundraising stops)
  • By June 28, 2018:  Check for amount fundraised + CCAF match grant arrives!
  • By June 31, 2019:  Project implemented and results reported

Visit the Workshops page to see about opportunities in Cleveland to work on your project ideas.


Contact Indigo Bishop, ioby’s Cleveland Action Strategist, or call her at (216) 930-4030.

Can’t wait to hear your ideas!


Cleveland Climate Action Fund Awards $15,000 in Neighborhood Grants

Cleveland Climate Action Fund Awards $15,000 in Neighborhood Grants

The Cleveland Climate Action Fund is awarding a total of $15,000 to three neighborhood-led projects that will reduce carbon emissions and improve the community. This marks the Fund’s first round of 2016 grant recipients. The Fund provides competitive grant opportunities for projects that advance neighborhood priorities while also furthering Cleveland’s climate action goals.

People power is the answer to true and lasting climate action in Cleveland. This means that a citizen-centered approach is needed to align climate action with the assets, capacities and priorities of Cleveland residents. The three awarded projects include:

  • ciCLEvia: CiCLEvia closes the streets to cars and opens them to people, encouraging them to be active, build community, and engage in a culture of health. ($5,000 – Clark-Fulton/Tremont)
  • Collinwood Friends Garden Expansion: With the addition of 6,140 square feet of land, this expansion will create a more enjoyable walking path that creates a welcoming community space within the garden by installing a privacy fence, mulch, vegetables, and perennials. ($5,000 – Collinwood)
  • North Shore Collinwood Art District HQ Green Parking Lot: The project will combine economic development, art, education, and sustainability with the addition of an apple orchard alongside a planned bioswale parking lot. ($5,000 – North Collinwood)

Grant requests for the second round of Request for Proposals are due on November 18, 2016 and can be found online at See the section on Cleveland Climate Action and Urban Resilience Grant Application.

Cleveland Climate Action Fund now accepting 2016 grant proposals

The Cleveland Climate Action Fund’s 2016 request for proposals is now open! Have a project idea that would improve Cleveland’s community and the environment? You may be eligible to apply for a grant! Grants up to $5,000 are awarded to applicants committed to climate action that address at least one of these areas:

  • Reduce energy use and/or increase the generation of renewable energy sources
  • Help Clevelanders prepare for the impacts of climate change in their neighborhood
  • Strengthen social connections among individuals and networks

Cleveland Climate Action Fund Grant Process in 5 Simple Steps!

  1. Please download the 2016 grant application here.
  2. Develop your neighborhood project idea and apply by the deadline. There are two grant cycles in 2016 — the first deadline for applications is July 8, 2016 and the second deadline is November 18, 2016.
  3. Our Advisory Committee selects their top recommendations based on evaluation criteria in the RFP. Top projects may be asked for an in-person meeting to review the project plan, budget, and expected impact.
  4. Awardees are notified and projects begin!
  5. Awardees provide a detailed project report at the end of the project period.

See some of our funded projects here!

Cleveland Climate Action Fund Awards over $26,000 in Neighborhood Grants!

Media Contact:
Michele Kilroy
Cleveland Climate Action Fund

Cleveland Climate Action Fund Awards over $26,000 in Neighborhood Grants!

CLEVELAND – The Cleveland Climate Action Fund is awarding over $26,000 to eight projects that will reduce carbon emissions and help build thriving and healthy neighborhoods. This marks the Fund’s second round of 2015 grant recipients. The Fund provides free educational climate action workshops and competitive grant opportunities for projects that advance neighborhood priorities while also furthering Cleveland’s climate action goals.

The Fund has provides an equitable model for developing and funding neighborhood projects that align climate action with the assets, concerns, and priorities of Cleveland residents. Over the last six months, the Fund’s Advisory Committee reviewed 33 grant applications during two rounds of funding. A total of thirteen grantees, each of which have been awarded small grants of up to $5,000, will be recognized at the Annual Sustainability Summit on September 16-17 in Public Auditorium.

Examples of neighborhood projects include a neighborhood composting program on bicycles, transitioning a youth landscaping employment program to gasoline-free equipment, and a solar array on a K-8 community school that integrates with STEM curriculum, a bicycle parking and repair station near a transit stop, and reforestation on vacant land. The goal of the Cleveland Climate Action Fund is to hold workshops and fund projects in all Cleveland neighborhoods by 2017. To date, the Fund has held climate action workshops in six neighborhoods, reaching over 100 residents in-person and many more on-line.

This round of grants totaling $26,000 will be awarded to fund the following eight projects:

  1. Potluck in the Park, Hough: A community wellness event at Historic League Park to engage attendees from the neighborhood with Sustainable Cleveland working groups and provide walking tours of the Hough Vineyard. Individuals bring dishes to the potluck, but the event is supplemented by restaurants/caterers that use local food and healthful options. This year’s partner is the Fatima Center.
  2. Airport Composting Local Farm, Clark Fulton: Cleveland Hopkins Airport will provide used Starbucks coffee grounds to Maggie’s Farm in the Clark Fulton neighborhood to be composted. Approximately 80 pounds of coffee grounds will be diverted from the landfill every day. Landfills generate greenhouse gases as organic material breaks down.
  3. Pollinator and Habitat, Old Brooklyn: Old Brooklyn will install five pollinator gardens and two demonstration beehives. Residents participating in educational workshops will receive seeds, garden designs and planting information. Residents that host a beehive will also have an opportunity to earn supplemental income.
  4. Nursery Rhymes Doin’ Dirt, Detroit Shoreway: Development of a community garden that engages residents from all age groups. Residents will plant trees, remediate soil, create walking paths and develop a rain barrel system.
  5. Possibilitarian Urban Homestead, Buckeye: Reforestation of an urban lot with trees, berry bushes, herbs and medicinal plants. Demonstration rain gardens will be created to retain and remediate water on site. The project will alleviate blight, produce food, and strengthen community cohesion.
  6. Collinwood Rain Barrel Project, Collinwood: Rain barrel workshops to raise awareness of water quality through creative repurposing of old hardware. This project engages people from all ages and offers them a functional way to reuse water while beautifying their homes and gardens.
  7. Greentopia, Hough: This is a three part project: (1) community planting day to create a fall garden, (2) a community zero waste event called Greentopia that focuses on sustainability/climate action, and (3) creating a youth workforce to landscape and learn horticulture skills.
  8. EcoVillage Gateway, Detroit Shoreway: Purchase and install four bike racks and create a public bike repair station. Encouraging biking reduces emissions and fuel usage, improves community wellness, and generates connectivity to nearby recreational centers and the future RedLine GreenWay.

To see the 5 projects funded in Round 1 Visit:

Founded in 2009 the Cleveland Climate Action Fund is the first community-based carbon reduction fund in the United States. The Cleveland Climate Action Fund invests in local community projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and spark community engagement in Cleveland. The Fund’s founding partners include the City of Cleveland, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland Foundation, George Gund Foundation, and the Green City Blue Lake Institute at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. The Fund’s Advisory Committee is composed of local community non-profit, corporate, and philanthropic organizations: ArcelorMittal, BrownFlynn, City of Cleveland, Cleveland Clinic, The Cleveland Foundation, Cleveland Museum of Natural History, Cuyahoga County Land Revitalization Corp., Eaton Corporation, Enterprise Community Partners, the George Gund Foundation, KeyBank, Neighborhood Connections, and Neighborhood Progress Inc.

The Fund provides an option for everyone from individuals to companies that want to reduce carbon emissions and make a local impact. Donations to the fund are tax-deductible and directly support educational workshops and carbon reduction projects. Donors can give at a variety of levels and the carbon calculator on our site can assist those who wish to offset their carbon footprint. Visit for more information.