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The Cleveland Colectivo, a Cleveland-based “giving circle” whose members make collective contributions to innovative projects in Cleveland, has selected six projects for funding in 2014. Members of the Cleveland Colectivo utilized a dynamic, fast pitch idea presentation night to select finalists, resulting in a strong group of finalists for funding. In total, the Colectivo gave away over $12,500 in 2014.

Wow. This year's Pitch 4 Change was incredible. Thanks to everyone who participated on Thursday for making it our best one yet. We heard two-minute proposals from 32 of Cleveland's innovative organizers, advocates, and entrepreneurs. All attendees had the opportunity to vote for their favorite presentations, with the top three moving on to the second round of our funding process.

Today is project registration day. We're accepting proposals until 5:00 p.m. EDT. (UPDATE: project registration is now closed. Thanks to each of you who submitted a project for consideration. We'll be in touch shortly.) Colectivo members will select 30 of the proposals to be presented at our Pitch 4 Change on May 1. Please review the rules for this year's event. We can't wait to learn about your ideas for making Cleveland an even better place!

Small grants make big ideas come to life in Ohio! Join the Cleveland Colectivo for our 2014 Pitch 4 Change and be inspired by 30 Clevelanders with big ideas. Your participation will help determine the finalists for the Cleveland Colectivo's 2014 grant awards. This event is free and open to the public with a suggested $5 donation at the door.

2014 Grantees

Fresh Camp’s Mentorship/Intership Program for Student Gardener/Music Producers was awarded $3,000 to purchase equipment to complete their portable recording lab for student interns and as seed money to pay interns a stipend to help teach classes, record other students and run new community gardens. These students will be in charge of two new gardens and will see the growing and selling of food from start to finish as well as learn how to train other students. They will also record alongside the professionals to help record other students and learn how to compelte their own music from start to finish.

Historic Gateway Neighborhood Corporation was awarded $3,500 to support the creation of a parklet and bike corral on 1-2 street parking spaces on Euclid Avenue in front of several businesses that have heavy bike use. This project was initiated by a request from a business owner to have more bike parking.

InterReligious Task Force on Central America was awarded $1,800 to help bring three Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender advocate-athletes from El Salvador and Colombia to the Gay Games in Cleveland to raise awareness of LGBT issues here and in their home countries.

Mi Casita Pre-school and Early Learning Center was awarded $400 to purchase topsoil in order to reclaim an asphalt lot as and create a green space for students to enjoy enhanced learning from nature.

Praxis Fiber Workshop Community Class was awarded $2,552 to buy supplies and promotional materials as well as pay instructors for four community classes at Praxis Fiber Workshop. These classes will be offered to the current residents of the Collinwood neighborhood where Praxis is located. The sampling of processes will include weaving, shibori (an eastern tie dyeing technique), felting and dye printing on fabric.

Sounds of the Soul Acoustic Ensemble, a free music and arts education program in Collinwood and the surrounding urban area, was awarded $1,400 to purchase music supplies and to support instructor stipend and transportation, marketing, and program expenses.