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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

If you missed our last round of mini grants, fear not, we are gearing up for the Spring 2017 round. 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 next application deadline is Wednesday, March 15, 2017, at 5 p.m.

Have Questions? Come find out more at one of our Information Sessions!

  • Thursday, February 23, 6 p.m. at Heights Libraries, Lee Road Branch or,
  • Thursday,  March 2, 6 p.m. at Heights Libraries, Noble Road Branch

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

The Neighborhood Mini-Grants Program is guided by 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 at FutureHeights. Interviews will be held on March 30 and April 6, 6:00 – 8:30 p.m., please indicate on your application your top two preferences for an interview date and time.

Contact Sruti Basu, director of community-building programs, at 216-320-1423 or sbasu@futureheights.org with questions about the program.

Click to download: FutureHeights Mini-Grants Application

Community-Building Workshop Series

FutureHeights will hold the third 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. beginning Feb. 19 at FutureHeights. The dates and topics for each workshop are as follows:

Feb. 19: Individual Leadership and Volunteer Organizational Development
March 5: Process of Community Change
March 19: Cultural and Political History of Cleveland Heights and its Future
April 2: Leveraging Community Assets
April 16: Planning for a Community Program or Project
April 30: Effective Network-Building Practices

All Cleveland Heights residents are encouraged to apply to participate in the workshops. The application is due by 5 p.m. on Feb. 10.

For questions about the program, contact Sruti Basu at 216-320-1423 or sbasu@futureheights.org.

Click here to download the application: Community-Building Workshop Application PDF version

Community Capacity-Building Program

FutureHeights was awarded Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds to support creating our community building program that will engage residents in several neighborhoods with the highest needs, train leaders, provide a process for identifying their neighborhood assets and needs, and bring people together to create community action plans. The result will be empowered citizens working with each other, acting on what resources and strengths they already have and connecting to resources necessary to address their needs. Additionally, CDBG funds will be used to create Neighborhood Mini-Grants program, led by FutureHeights, to support neighborhood action plans. To learn more or about applying for a mini-grant click here

To execute this program FutureHeights needs to sustain a community organizer to lead workshops, assist neighborhood leaders and report results. FutureHeights seeks support from you to help facilitate this program.

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