FutureHeights mini-grants program awards three Cleveland Heights projects
FutureHeights launched the first round of its Neighborhood Mini-Grants Program this fall, approving approximately $2,400 in grants to support three projects in Cleveland Heights. Through the program, FutureHeights seeks to help Heights communities leverage their many assets and provide tools to enable neighborhood leaders to work together on creative solutions to the challenges that face the community.
FutureHeights awarded grants to:
- Cedar Taylor Merchants Association received $1,000 for its Public Art Project, which aims to improve the Cedar Taylor Business District in Cleveland Heights through a public art installation.
- Noble Neighbors in Cleveland Heights’s Noble neighborhood received $1,000 for its Beautification Project, in which the group will plant annuals [in] perennial beds. Custom garden markers will identify the gardeners and planters as Noble Neighbors members.
- RAFT in the Bellfield neighborhood of Cleveland Heights received $414.08 for its RAFT Coexist Project, which aims to highlight place and build community by placing 12-by-8-foot movable wooden platforms on a vacant lot, to encourage neighbors to stop and talk.
Do you have a great idea to improve your neighborhood? FutureHeights invites you to apply for a grant. Attend an upcoming workshop to learn more about how to apply, and get tips about completing the application and process.
The application deadline is Monday, Feb. 15 at 5 p.m. Workshops are scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 14, 7 p.m., at Noble Neighborhood Library (Noble Meeting Room), 2800 Noble Road, and Wednesday, Jan. 20, 7 p.m., at Lee Road Library (Meeting Room A), 2345 Lee Road.
The Neighborhood Mini-Grants Program is a component of FutureHeights’s 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.
Through grants, FutureHeights seeks to build community with increased resilience through grassroots resident participation in civic life. In so doing, Cleveland Heights will become better equipped to address challenges in the physical and social environment, drawing on and activating the assets of residents, nonprofit organizations and public resources and departments.
The FutureHeights 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. For more information and to apply, visit www.futureheights.org.
Sruti Basu is the director of community-building programs at FutureHeights.