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 Thursday, March 15, 2017, at 5 p.m.

Please note: All new grant applicants must attend an info session. Upcoming info sessions are scheduled for: Thursday, February 8, 7 pm or Thursday, February 15, 7 pm at FutureHeights, 2843 Washington Blvd., Cleveland Heights, OH 44118.

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

The Neighborhood Mini-Grants Program is guided by a grant-making committee comprising seven Cleveland Heights residents with a history of community involvement. 

Community-Building Workshop Series

The fourth round of the Community-Building Workshop Series is coming Spring 2018! 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.

The Community-Building Workshop Series takes place on Sunday afternoons from 3 to 6 p.m, however the dates for Spring 2018 are still to be determined. The topics for each workshop are as follows:

Session 1: Individual Leadership and Volunteer Organizational Development
Session 2: Process of Community Change
Session 3: Cultural and Political History of Cleveland Heights and its Future
Session 4: Leveraging Community Assets
Session 5: Planning for a Community Program or Project
Session 6: Effective Network-Building Practices


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.