Engaged Citizens. Innovative Ideas.

Community Building Programs

Community Building encompasses a wide variety of activities including block parties, front lawn or porch gatherings, tool sharing, regular neighborhood meetings, network trees and more.

Interested in building community in your neighborhood? Check our list of neighborhood-based organizations here. Didn’t find your neighborhood listed? Try Nextdoor.com. Still no luck? See our organizing toolbox to help residents create a neighborhood organization, and give us a call if you need help.

Neighborhood Mini-Grants Program

Have an idea to improve your neighborhood? Need a little start-up funding? The Neighborhood Mini-Grants Program awards small grants of up to $1,000 to fund citizen-led neighborhood projects, events and activities that benefit Cleveland Heights. Special thanks to our supporter and partner, the Cedars Legacy Fund, for providing ongoing support for the Mini-Grants Program.

Apply for a Grant! The next application deadline is Sunday, September 15 at 5 p.m. You can apply by completing this Fillable PDF Form, this Google Form, or by printing and mailing your application back to us

We are pleased to share that we have completed eight grant cycles! Learn more about our funded projects: Fall 2015 ProjectsSpring 2016 ProjectsFall 2016 ProjectsSpring 2017 ProjectsFall 2017 Projects, Spring 2018 Projects, Fall 2018 Projects, Spring 2019 Projects.

The Neighborhood Mini-Grants Program is guided by a grant-making committee comprising seven Cleveland Heights residents with a history of community involvement. All applicants interview with the grant-making committee. For the fall 2019 grant round, interviews will be held on the evening of Tuesday, September 24 at the FutureHeights office. 

Neighborhood Leadership Workshop Series

Our sixth round of the Neighborhood Leadership Workshop Series will begin in January 2020! This multidisciplinary neighborhood leadership development program is 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.

Applications open and are accepted beginning September 2019, and are due Friday, January 17, 2020! You can apply by completing this Fillable PDF Formthis Google Form, or by printing and mailing your application back to us.

The dates and topics covered in the 2020 program are as follows:

January 26 – Individual Leadership
February 9 – Asset Based Community Development, and Planning Your Project
February 23 – Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
March 8 – Policy & Advocacy, and Leveraging Community Resources
March 22 – Learn the History of Cleveland Heights, and Your Neighborhood
April 5 – Building Community

Community Capacity-Building Program

FutureHeights was awarded Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds to create and sustain our community building program that engages residents in several neighborhoods with the highest needs, train leaders, provide a process for identifying their neighborhood assets and needs, and brings people together to create community action plans. The result is empowered citizens working with each other, acting on what resources and strengths they already have and connecting to resources necessary to address their needs.

All Cleveland Heights residents are encouraged to participate in our Community Capacity-Building Programs. For questions or more information, contact us at 216-320-1423 or sbasu@futureheights.org.

A big thank you to those who have given their support to this program! Want your name added to the list? Donate securely to the Community Capacity-Building Program here.