Cleveland Climate Action Fund

Cleveland, Ohio was awarded $60,000 through the Partners for Places program, to support the establishment of a model for developing and funding equitable neighborhood climate action projects, that will reduce carbon emissions and help build thriving and healthy communities. 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 Cleveland Climate Action Fund is set up as a donor-advised fund at the Cleveland Foundation, focused on mitigating carbon emissions through local projects. Many of the projects funded are equally adaptive, as well as exemplary for community engagement. In the first round of funding in 2015, 13 grantees received small grants of up to $5,000, and over $26,000 to eight other projects. In 2016, $15,000 was awarded to three neighborhood-led projects that will reduce carbon emissions and improve the community including the development of the North Shore Collinwood Art District HQ Green Parking Lot that combines economic development, art, education, and adaptation with the addition of an apple orchard alongside a planned bioswale parking lot.  

Some examples of grant recipients in Cleveland include:

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.

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.

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.

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.


The Funders’ Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities and the Urban Sustainability Directors Network (USDN) launched the Partners for Places program. A successful matching grant program, Partners for Places creates opportunities for cities and counties in the United States and Canada to improve communities by building partnerships between local government sustainability offices and place-based foundations. Cleveland, Ohio was awarded $60,000 through Partners for Places, which took on the form of creating local funds for sustainability - and supported initial funding of the Cleveland Climate Action Fund. 



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