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Second Annual Cleveland Colectivo Pitch for Change

Pitch your great idea! Win grants of up to $5,000.

Presentation Instructions

Do you have an innovative idea to make Cleveland even better than it already is? Do you need a small grant to make it happen? We invite you to share it with us on Thursday, February 28, at our fast pitch presentation event at Shaker LaunchHouse from 5:30-8:30pm. Cleveland Colectivo grants range from $500 to $5,000, with an average grant size about $1,500.

** RSVP Here

Suggested donation at the door- $5 (door collections will be awarded to the audience's favorite pitch.

Here are the rules:

  • All interested applicants must pre-register online with your name and your project name in order to be a presenter at the event. Registration will begin on Monday, February 25, at noon. At that time, please visit for the link to the registration form. The first forty registrants will have an opportunity to present their project for a chance to be awarded funding. Registration will close as soon as we have reached forty, the limit of presenters.
  • Each presenter will be assigned a number and must present in that order – number one will be our first presentation and number forty our last.
  • Each presenter will have two minutes to pitch their project idea to the crowd. A timekeeper will stop you at the two minute time limit. You can use that time as you like, but we recommend including the following information:
  1. A one sentence “elevator speech” about your project, plan or idea that includes: who will do what, when they will do it, where, and how.
  2. Why are you doing it? Explain what the need or opportunity is, what you and other people involved bring to the table, and how this project will create “real,lasting change” in the community. Projects must be based in Cleveland or the inner-ring suburbs.
  3. The full amount requested and whether your project will work with partial funding. Cleveland Colectivo grants range from $500 to $5,000, with an average grant size about $1,500. Please keep in mind that projects selected for funding, may receive partial funding.
  • We encourage you to be creative in your presentation, but audio-visual equipment will not be available or permitted as part of your presentation.
  • The audience will vote that night for one winner, who will receive the donations collected that night. The top three crowd favorites will automatically be invited to join round two which includes a written application and a Q&A session with Colectivo members.
  • Members of the Cleveland Colectivo will select additional projects to partipate in round two from the remaining presenters. Projects that are invited to submit an application will have one month to complete a full application and participate in the Q&A session.
  • Funding for grant recipients will be distributed by May of 2013. Please ensure your project idea works with this timeline.

Questions? Concerns? Email [masked] for more information.

To attend the event, RSVP Here

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  • Bob Y.

    Looking forward to sharing our idea with you!

    February 25, 2013

  • Cindii E.

    Excited to be there for my pitch!

    February 4, 2013

  • Carmen

    is this grant dependent on matching funds or in-kind donations?

    January 31, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Carmen! No, Cleveland Colectivo grants do not require any matching funds. They are a tremendous group that is passionate about supporting cool Cleveland projects and companies. Learn more here: http://www.clevelandc...­

      January 31, 2013

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