Saturday, February 13, 2016
Engaged Citizens. Innovative Ideas.

Convening. Educating. Empowering.


FutureHeights serves to ensure a vibrant and sustainable future for Cleveland Heights and University Heights. We work as change agents by inspiring and facilitating communication, collaboration, engagement and empowerment among our residents, businesses, other community-based organizations and local government. 

Public forums, voter education, the Heights Observer community newspaper, historic neighborhood tours, volunteer opportunities, preservation and community planning education, shop local advocacy, community partnerships, and more.
We invite your participation. 

Neighborhood Mini-Grants Program

If you missed the first round of mini grants, fear not, the second round has started. Have an idea to improve your neighborhood? Need a little start-up funding? The Neighborhood Mini-Grants Program is a component of FutureHeights' Community Capacity-Building Program that awards small grants of up to $1,000 to fund citizen-led neighborhood projects, events and activities that benefit Cleveland Heights. The application deadline is Monday, Feb. 15 at 5 p.m.
The Neighborhood Mini-Grants Program is guided be a grant-making committee comprising seven Cleveland Heights residents with a history of community involvement. The committee reviews and approves all grants.
The committee will conduct 25 minute interviews with all applicants. Interviews will be held on Feb. 18 or Feb. 25 between 7-9 p.m. We ask that applicants please keep these dates open, and we will contact you with your interview date and time the week of Feb. 15. 
Contact Sruti Basu, director of community-building programs, at 216-320-1423 or sbasu@futureheights.org with questions about the program.
  Click here to download: Mini-Grant Application (PDF version) or (MS Word version)


Community-Building Workshop Series

FutureHeights is proud to launch the second round of its Community-Building Workshop Series, a multidisciplinary neighborhood leadership development program designed for individuals enthusiastic about positively contributing to the community in which they live, work and play. Participants will develop leadership skills as well as gain knowledge and tools to help make their community strong, safe and vibrant.

The Community-Building Workshop Series will take place on Sunday afternoons from 3 to 6 p.m. on March 20, April 17, May 15, and June 19. The location is still to be determined. Topics are: Organizing Your Neighborhood, Leveraging Community Resources, Gathering and Analyzing Neighborhood Data, and Formulating a Plan of Action. All Cleveland Heights residents are encouraged to apply to participate in the workshops.


The application deadline is Wednesday, March 16 at 5 p.m. For questions about the program, contact Sruti Basu at 216-320-1423 or sbasu@futureheights.org.


Click here to download: Community-Building Workshop Application (PDF version) or (MS Word version)



Heights Community Development Alliance

Heights Community Development Alliance (HCDA), now a program of FutureHeights, held its quarterly meeting on Jan. 20, 9:30 a.m. at New Heights Grill, 2206 Lee Road, to update the community on its progress. Attendees learned about our recently completed promotions survey, our planned Market Study of the Cedar Lee Business District, and other potential initiatives. All Cleveland Heights business owners, property owners, residents and other stakeholders are welcome to attend HCDA meetings. Follow HCDA on FaceBook.

Re-Imagining Severance Forum

FutureHeights held Re-Imagining Severance, a public forum to present and discuss the future possibilities of Severance Town Center, a 136 acre site in the center of Cleveland Heights. More than 170 people attended the event on Oct. 21, which was the second in a series of forums held as part of FutureHeights’s Community Capacity-Building Program.

Mark Chupp, an assistant professor at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University and chair of the FutureHeights Civic Engagement Committee, moderated the event. Bob Brown, former planning director for the City of Cleveland, and Rebecca Price, a lawyer and member of the Civic Engagement Committee, presented the current status of the property. Vince Reddy, a project manager at LAND studio, talked about the property’s history. Roger Bliss, a developer and Cleveland Heights resident, presented several examples of redeveloped malls from around the country. Bob Brown shared a Severance Master Plan Update created in 2007 by Kent State University’s Urban Design Collaborative and thoughts about Severance that Cleveland Heights residents had shared on the Next Door website. Peter Rubin, developer of the Courtyards at Severance, shared his thoughts about potential futures for the property.

See video from the event: https://vimeo.com/143699612

See slides from the event: http://media.heightsobserver.org/media/docs_1445617922.pdf

See notes from the breakout groups at the forum: http://media.heightsobserver.org/media/docs_1445889414.pdf

Read a recap of the forum: http://www.heightsobserver.org/read/2015/10/27/severance-town-centers-future-discussed-at-public-forum


Thank you! Grateful acknowledgment for community, corporate and foundation support of these programs.

















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Mini-Grants interviews:

Feb. 18 or 25, 7-9 p.m.


Community-Building Workshop Series:

Sundays, 3-6 p.m.



March 20

April 17

May 15 (this date subject to change)

June 19

Workshop location:

FutureHeights office

2843 Washington Blvd. Suite #105

(former Coventry Elementary School)

Cleveland Heights, OH 44118


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