Investing for Vibrancy

Lifting up the city’s neighborhoods and people

Cleveland Neighborhood Progress lifts up Cleveland’s neighborhoods. We provide financial and technical support to community development corporations. We organize and fund activities that involve planning and design of neighborhood assets. We offer hands-on programs to help residents thrive economically and socially. And we promote city living.

This work shows up in countless ways across the city — some more immediately visible than others.

A historic public space needs a strong vision for the future, one that is welcoming to the diverse population around it. Neighborhood Progress helps coordinate the planning process, then helps raise funding to make the vision a reality.

Aspiring entrepreneurs need space and capital to start new businesses. Storefronts in neighborhood commercial districts need new tenants. Neighborhood Progress makes the connections and provides the seed funding to allow the former to inhabit the latter.

A family needs help creating a household financial plan. Neighborhood Progress connects them to training and one-on-one consulting.

None of this work, of course, is done in isolation. To fulfill our mission, Neighborhood Progress partners with dozens of organizations across the city: community development corporations, local foundations, private businesses, schools, universities and government institutions. Financial support and guidance comes from our founding and sustaining funders: the Cleveland Foundation, George Gund Foundation and Mandel Foundation. We are grateful for their leadership and support.

Access the full Plain Dealer feature on Cleveland Neighborhood Progress.

The above is an excerpt from a Cleveland Neighborhood Progress feature that appeared as a special 8-page section in the Cleveland Plain Dealer on November 9, 2018.  Cleveland Neighborhood Progress partnered with Advance Ohio – the parent company of and The Plain Dealer to bring you Homegrown Cleveland. This inaugural event celebrated Cleveland neighborhoods and economic development champions that are making good things happen in Cleveland.