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 and University Heights. Special thanks to our supporters and partners, the Cedars Legacy Fund and the McGinty Family Foundation 1989 , for providing ongoing support for the Mini-Grants Program.

Apply for a Grant! Applications are due on March 15 (Spring Round) or Sept. 15 (Fall Round) by midnight. Apply using this Google Form or by printing and mailing your application back to us. Please email Sarah at swolf@futureheights.org with any questions.

We are pleased to share that we have completed eight grant cycles! Learn more about all our funded 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.

Neighborhood Leadership Workshop Series

Applications for our seventh round of the Neighborhood Leadership Workshop Series are now open! 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 not only develop leadership skills and gain knowledge and tools to help make their community strong, safe and vibrant, but also build life-long relationships through this cohort-model program.

The Fall 2021 program dates are:  September 19, October 3, October 17, October 31, and November 14 (with an option session on November 7). 

Free childcare is offered during each session.  If there are other potential barriers to your attendance, please let us know so we can work with you to find a solution.  

Applications for the series are now open, the application deadline is September 10, 2021, 5 p.m. Feel free to check out our application, or get ahead, you can apply by completing this  this Google Form or by printing and mailing your application back to us. Questions, please email swolf@futureheights.org.

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 swolf@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.