2020 Community Revitalization Fellowship – Nov 20

Posted by Center for Community Progress on October 15, 2019

Center for Community Progress Invites Applications for 2020 Community Revitalization Fellowship

The Community Revitalization Fellowship of the Center for Community Progress is a learning opportunity designed to help cohorts of grassroots community leaders revitalize neighborhoods that are struggling with serious challenges related to vacancy, abandonment, and disinvestment.

The opportunity is designed to engage a team comprising one institutional partner and six grassroots resident leaders from three separate communities with populations of 300,000 or less for a yearlong fellowship, which includes three cross-community learning exchanges, a revitalization workshop for residents of each community, and ongoing capacity-building assistance and mentoring for national experts and local partners.

In 2020, CRF will focus on helping residents lead community-based efforts to improve vacant, abandoned, and deteriorated properties through creative placemaking. Creative placemaking is defined by the center as a community revitalization tool with three essential components: projects are place-based; projects are integrated with other strategies; and the process is community-centered.

The fellowship is designed for small and midsized communities with populations of 300,000 or less. (Population is determined based on the population of the legal jurisdiction of a whole, such as a city or town.) Priority will be given to communities with serious challenges related to vacancy, abandonment, and disinvestment, with a focus on low-income communities of color.

The lead applicant must be a local organization, such as a community foundation, that has in-depth knowledge of the community’s neighborhood associations and resident leadership as well as a commitment to resident engagement, experience in community and economic development, and the willingness to serve as the institutional partner to the community’s cohort of fellows.

All travel, lodging, and on-site meal expenses associated with each learning exchange are covered for fellows and one representative from the institutional partner. In addition, each fellow will receive a $230 stipend following each of the three learning exchanges (up to $690 total), while the institutional partner will receive $14,000 to support its participation in CRF.

An informational webinar will be hosted by Community Progress on October 23 at 12:00 p.m. EST. Registration is required.

See the Center for Community Progress website for complete program guidelines, application instructions, and to register for the webinar.

Deadline: November 20, 2019

Learn more and apply: https://www.communityprogress.net/community-revitalization-fellowship-pages-541.php

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