Is your neighborhood group interested in getting financial help for a small community building project? Check out the Rolling and Responsive (R & R) mini-grant of $250 that is made available through Organizers and Allies, a working group of Cleveland Neighborhood Progress (CNP). Janice Grahovac and her neighbors recently spent their mini-grant on a neighborhood cookout September 15 for a new group, the Glengar Community Association.
When asked to describe the group, she explains: “We meet the first Wednesday of every month from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at the Hungarian Reformed Church at 15300 Puritas Avenue… Let’s become a community and help one another again.”
Primarily for the residents of the area, it involves other stakeholders, like Robinson G. Jones School and West Park Baptist Church. In fact, West Park Baptist helped host the neighborhood cookout on-site.
The Rolling & Responsive grantmaking committee, made up of the Organizers and Allies group at Cleveland Neighborhood Progress, is looking for projects that allow people to work together and have an immediate, positive impact on the community. To encourage widespread cooperation, projects should be led and planned by more than one resident in a team effort that involves people from diverse backgrounds. Projects should also work to build and strengthen relationships within the neighborhood.
Glengar uses NextDoor (a social media tool for communicating only among people in a neighborhood geography at www.NextDoor.com) to announce meetings, have email reminders, and are present on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Glengar-Community-Association. They can be reached by email at glengarcommunityassociation [at ]gmail [dot] com.
Janice Grahovac describes the association as pertaining to the interests of the area from W. 144th Street on the eastern edge to W. 158th Street, all south of Puritas to Justin Avenue. Some of the homeowners there were aware their land was collectively called by the S.H. Kleinman Realty Company as “Glenmore Gardens Subdivision” of a part of Rockport Township according to their deed. Rockport Township is the name that predated “West Park”.
The maximum amount for a mini grant is $250 and money must be spent within 4 months of being awarded. The group must work with a local fiscal agent to be eligible and a small final report will be required including pictures. A simple two page application and a proposed budget is required. To receive an application contact Ian Heisey at BPDC at 671-2710.