Your project is eligible to be part of the Cuyahoga Arts & Culture Match if it meets the following criteria: 

  1. Projects must take place in Cuyahoga County and be for the benefit of Cuyahoga County residents.
  2. Projects must create a public benefit and be non-profit in nature, not aimed at private profit for a specific individual, family, or business.
  3. Projects must be led by or in partnership with the residents of the neighborhood where the project is taking place.
  4. Projects must complete fundraising by December 31, 2021.
  5. Projects should be specific. Please note that all ioby campaign pages must include a budget outlining how funds will be spent.
  6. Organizations currently receiving a General Operating Support or Project Support I  grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture are not eligible to receive match funds.
  7. Organizations currently receiving a Project Support II grant may be eligible to receive match funds, but only for a different project. Match funds cannot be applied to a project already funded by a CAC grant, including projects funded through CAC’s Support for Artists programs and projects co-funded with Neighborhood Connections. 
  8. Cuyahoga Arts & Culture reserves the right to determine eligibility for any project.
  9. Organizations with a budget of over $200,000 are ineligible to receive match funding
  10. Projects must be arts or cultural by CAC’s definition:  The Ohio Revised Code Chapter 3381, CAC’s enabling law, defines arts and culture as “including, but not limited to, literature, theater, music, dance, ballet, painting, sculpture, photography, motion pictures, architecture, archeology, history, natural history, or the natural sciences.”
  11. Large organizations or institutions that are not eligible to receive match funding are still encouraged to support projects either as a fiscal sponsor, the donation of space, expertise, networks or other resources.


Examples of potential projects include:

  • Murals on a local school or neighborhood building
  • Temporary or permanent public art installations in a local park
  • Arts fairs and parades
  • Afterschool art classes for youth
  • Community gardening
  • Musical street fairs and affordable/free public concerts
  • A series of nature walks in a local metropark.
  • Summer film screenings in a local plaza or community garden
  • New dance classes offered at the local community center
  • A new mosaic beautifying the entryway to a school or park
  • Outdoor dance performance for the public
  • New event series for local artists to gather to share work and build community
  • Funding for a community gallery or existing arts nonprofit


Funds raised on ioby can be used to cover any cost directly related to your specific project, including:

  • food and other event costs
  • event permitting and insurance fees
  • volunteer rewards such as T-shirts
  • advertising and marketing
  • materials and equipment
  • educator, performer, speaker or intern stipends
  • local travel
  • software and hardware
  • contracted services
  • consultant fees
  • staff salaries and administrative overhead, prorated for the time spent on the project

Want to discuss your project and see if it’s a good fit?
Contact ioby Cleveland Action Strategist, Dawn Arrington, at or 219-930-4030​

If your project isn’t the right fit for this opportunity, you may still be eligible to fundraise on ioby without matching funds, which will still give you access to our training materials, low-fees, fiscal sponsorship, and one-on-one support from an experienced Leader Success Strategist.

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