Funding Opportunities

The Cleveland Climate Action Fund’s 2017 grant cycle is open! 

This 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 by midnight on June 24th, 2018.

TIMELINE (round 2 of 2)

  • May 7, 2018:  Deadline to submit your project idea at
  • June 1, 2018:  Deadline to build your campaign page at
  • June 24, 2018:  Deadline to receive at least 10 donations to your campaign page (to show community buy-in)*
  • July 13, 2018:  Winners notified of match award amounts
  • August 5, 2018:  Crowdfunding campaign ends (fundraising stops)
  • By August 30, 2018:  Check for amount fundraised + CCAF match grant arrives!
  • By August 30, 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! Looking for inspiration?  See some of our funded projects here.