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Community-Building Programs

FutureHeights is proud to provide empowering opportunities for Heights community members to make the place where they live, work, and play that much more connected and meaningful.  Our Neighborhood Mini-Grant Program offers the potential for funding up to $1,000 to kickstart or help sustain a Cleveland Heights or University Heights neighborhood-level project or initiative while our Neighborhood Leadership Workshop Series is a cohort model program for Cleveland Heights community members that teaches an anti-racist, strengths-based approach to neighborhood-level organizing.  Read on to learn more!

Neighborhood Mini-Grants Program

WHAT is this program: The FutureHeights Neighborhood Mini-Grant award (up to $1,000) is for citizen-led projects that benefit Cleveland Heights and University Heights neighborhoods. The intention of the Neighborhood Mini-Grants program is to offer support to Cleveland Heights and University Heights groups who wish to build community by working together to start or sustain a neighborhood project or initiative.

Since 2015, we are proud to have provided mini-grant funding to 61 projects for a total of $40,838 awarded. Check out the past mini-grant projects. (Updated annually – last update Fall 2021)

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.

LEARN MORE/FILL OUT AN APPLICATION HERE.

 

 

Neighborhood Leadership Workshop Series

This *FREE* multidisciplinary neighborhood leadership development program for Cleveland Heights residents and stakeholders is designed for individuals enthusiastic about positively and productively contributing to the community in which they live, work and play.

Participants not only develop strengths-based leadership skills and gain knowledge and tools to help make their community cohesive, safe and vibrant, they also build life-long relationships through this cohort-model program.

Our NLWS Alumni Association connects all program graduates and provides continued community-building opportunities, support systems, and create community connections that participants may enjoy for many years to come!

LEARN MORE/APPLY TO PARTICIPATE HERE.

 

Connect with your neighbors

Build community with your neighbors! We invite you to check our list of neighborhood-based organizations here to see if there is an already-formed group near you. Access our Neighborhood Training Manual for some tips on how to get started, build momentum, and keep those neighborly connections going over time!

We also strongly encourage you to participate in our Crowdsourced Conversations forum series — more information here.

Connect with Sarah

Sarah Wolf (MFA, MSSA, LSW) is our Community Capacity-Building Programs Manager — she’s your go-to with any questions about the leadership or mini-grant programs as well as any questions related to our Community & Civic Engagement Committee.  Sarah has a +20 year background in small business management, as well as advanced academic degrees in creative writing and social work.  A 2021 graduate of the Mandel School at Case Western Reserve, she specialized in Community Practice for Social Change where she focused on an Asset Based Community Development (ABCD) methods & techniques framework with an anti-racism, diversity equity and inclusion lens. She is available for coaching and other support you or your neighborhood group might want.  Email is the best way to reach her – swolf@futureheights.org.  Reach out anytime, even if just to say hi!

Thank you for your support

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.

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