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Got a great idea for a neighborhood project? Make a “Pitch for change”!

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012


The Cleveland Colectivo, a Cleveland-based “giving circle”, will be hosting “Pitch for Change” on Thursday, February 23rd from 6:00-8:30pm at Shaker Launch House (3558 Lee Road Shaker Heights, Ohio 44120).

The “Pitch for Change” event will help the Cleveland Colectivo identify grantees for the 2012 grant funding cycle.  Prospective grantees will have two minutes to pitch their innovative idea or project to Cleveland Colectivo members and other attendees.  Attendees at the event will get to vote on the best presentation that night and the winner will receive the donations collected at the door along with an invitation to join round two of the Cleveland Colectivo grant funding process.

For a suggested $5 donation at the door, all attendees (whether presenting or listening) will get a vote to determine the best “fast pitch” presentation of the evening.

Anyone who is interesting in pitching an idea should go to to review the instructions for presenters.  Sign up to present will be on a first-come, first-served basis and will begin at 6:00pm and end at 6:30pm.  We will hear from the first 30 presenters who sign up that evening.  We will consider hosting a second evening of presentations if we can’t accommodate all potential presenters.

The Cleveland Colectivo is an organization of Greater Cleveland residents coming together to strengthen our community through collective investments that identify and nurture innovative projects.  Group members pool their donations, and then distribute grants once a year to fund imaginative and worthwhile projects that benefit Cleveland.


To learn more about Shaker Launch House, the Cleveland Colectivo’s partner in the “Pitch for Change” event, visit:


For more information about the Cleveland Colectivo, how to become a member and projects we have funded each year since 2006, visit:


For more information about the event on February 23rd, please contact Katherine Readey (216-577-2659).

2010 City Works Proposal

Monday, March 15th, 2010

The 2010 Cityworks Proposals are now available.  The City will host free workshops to help participants prepare the grant. The first workshop will be held at:

 Cudell Improvement, Inc.

9821 Lorain Ave.

Cleveland, OH 44102

 March 11, 2010.

The second workshop will be held at:

 Harvard Community Service Center

18240 Harvard Ave.

Cleveland, OH 44128

March 18, 2010


The workshops will begin at 7:00 p.m. Proposals will be distributed throughout the City, including at BBC’s office, and will also be available in the Division of Neighborhood Services.   You may also obtain the proposals on line, listed below are the website addresses:

The Mayor’s Website:

The Community Development Website:

then Click on:

2010 Cityworks Manual and Applications

Applicants will have approximately 30 days, until April,30, 2010, to submit their proposal to the Division of Neighborhood Services in Room 302 of City Hall. The proposal contains complete instructions on how to fill out the application. Should you have any questions, please contact Donna Harris, Program Manager for Cityworks at 216-664-4100

BBC can assist block clubs and street clubs in applying for grants in the Central and Kinsman neighborhoods.  For assistance, please call us at 216-341-1455.

MLK Celebrations Continue

Friday, January 15th, 2010

The Honorable
Cleveland City Councilman Terrell Pruitt
The Honorable
State Senator
Nina Turner
The Second Annual
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Celebration

JFK 9th grade Students of Promise Program (formerly known as the Governor’s Closing the Achievement Gap Initiative) invites you to take “ A Day On” instead of a day off to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr.Martin Luther King Jr. at John F. Kennedy High School.

The “A Day On” Celebration program in the JFK Auditorium begins at 12 Noon. The program will feature Inspirational Music and Dance Selections, a Karamu Performing Arts Theatre presentation, Dramatization
and Reenactment of the Woolworth Sit-ins by a JFK 9th Grade English class, Video Vignettes, Student Recognition for Academic Achievement.

Place: John F. Kennedy High School Auditorium

(17100 Harvard Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44128)
Date: January 18, 2010

 Dr. Martin Luther King Day

Time of Program: 12 Noon 

Doors open at 11:00 AM
(volunteer service project begins at 7:00 AM) ٭

 Program Admission: One can good or non-perishable food item donated to the Lee-Harvard Community Center Food Pantry For more information, individual and/or corporate sponsorship opportunities to support the JFK Students of Promise 2nd Annual 2010 Spring Break College and Civil Rights Tour to Morehouse College, Spelman College,Clark Atlanta University and Tuskegee Institute, Please contact Bob Ivory, JFK Students of Promise
Linkage Coordinator at 216-324-9154 or email:

The day will begin with a student-driven service project in collaboration withKaiser Permanente employees, JFK Alumni, Neighborhood Leadership Institute,Sherwin Williams, JFK Student Parent Organization, Amer-I-Can Peace AllianceMembers and various community and faith organizations. Volunteers will assistin the painting of the boys and girls locker room and a peer mentoring/study tablesclassroom and the restoration of display cases in the school’s main hallway.