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 Tuesday, September 15 at 5 p.m. You can apply by completing this Google Formthis Fillable Word Document 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 all our funded projects: Neighborhood Mini-Grant Recipients

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 Spring 2020 grant round, interview date is April 9, from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m

Neighborhood Leadership Workshop Series

Our sixth round of the Neighborhood Leadership Workshop Series is fully enrolled and underway! 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.

Free childcare 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 2020 series are now closed. We run this program annually so stay tuned for 2021 dates. 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 – Understanding Cleveland Heights’ Cultural Identity
March 8 – Policy & Advocacy, and Researching your Neighborhood
March 15 – Leveraging Community Resources, and final session wrap up

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.