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Technical Assistance Scholarship Program 

 

In 2014, Community Progress launched the Technical Assistance Scholarship Program (TASP) to find and support today’s pioneers and “changemakers,” both improving the field of practice and effecting positive change on the ground. TASP is a competitive, merit-based scholarship program for select communities that are ready to engage in a forward-thinking technical assistance process to assess, reform, develop, and/or implement systems to address large-scale vacancy and abandonment in their communities. 

 

Through a competitive process, which is open for applications once per year, we select up to five finalists to receive on-the-ground site assessments to better understand local challenges and capacity, as well as the proposed project's potential for success. Following these site visits, Community Progress then selects up to three finalists as scholarship recipients to receive up to 400 hours of reduced-rate technical assistance. Assistance is delivered by a team of national experts that specializes in relevant aspects of vacant, abandoned, and problem property reclamation. Those finalists not selected for technical assistance scholarships will receive, at no cost, a brief diagnostic memorandum outlining observations from the site assessment to help guide local efforts to more effectively tackle vacancy and abandonment.

 

Thanks to the generous support of the JPMorgan Chase Foundation, beginning in 2017, the scope of TASP has been significantly increased to include, for the first time, the site assessments mentioned above, a significantly increased number of hours of technical assistance for finalists, and opportunities for prior TASP recipients to receive follow-up assistance. View the April 2017 press release.

 

While the next application process has not yet been announced, we encourage communities to contemplate project ideas that seek to implement or expand innovative, bold reforms to combat large-scale vacancy and abandonment. Regardless of the form of assistance requested, a competitive application will demonstrate creativity and a willingness to take some risk—TASP is specifically designed to support communities that are ready to take significant action to transform problem properties and to become the next “best practice” models from which other places will seek to learn.

 

Please see below a list of past TASP scholarship recipients. Where available, each city's name links to the tailored final reports Community Progress produced through the TASP engagement.

 

2017 TASP Projects  


Albany, New York 

Huntington, West Virginia

Memphis, Tennessee

 

Round 4 TASP Projects: 2016 


Baltimore, Maryland. Focus Area: Delinquent Property Tax Enforcement Systems

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High Point, North Carolina. Focus Areas: Strategic Code Enforcement; Delinquent Property Tax Enforcement Systems; Data Systems; Community Education and Partnerships

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Rockford, Illinois. Focus Areas: Strategic Code Enforcement; Delinquent Property Tax Enforcement Systems; Data Systems; Community Education and Partnerships

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Round 3 TASP Projects: 2015-2016 


Cleveland, OhioFocus Area: Economic Analysis of Vacant Land Reuse

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Lucas County, OhioFocus Areas: Vacant Land Maintenance and Reuse; Cost of Blight Analysis

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St. Louis, MissouriFocus Area: Building Consensus on a Comprehensive Approach to Vacancy and Abandonment

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Round 2 TASP Projects: 2015 


Dallas, Texas. Focus Area: Building Consensus on a Comprehensive Approach to Vacancy and Abandonment

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Detroit, Michigan. Focus Area: Vacant Land Maintenance and Reuse

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Gary, Indiana. Focus Areas: Strategic Code Enforcement; Delinquent Property Tax Enforcement Systems; Data Systems

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Trenton, New Jersey. Focus Areas: Data Systems; Developing a Comprehensive Approach to Vacancy and Abandonment

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Round 1 TASP Projects: 2014 


Atlanta, Georgia. Focus Area: Strategic Code Enforcement

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Butte-Silver Bow, Montana. Focus Area: Developing a Comprehensive Approach to Vacancy and Abandonment

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Lafayette, Louisiana. Focus Area: Data Systems

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Hear From Our Past Scholarship Winners

At Community Progress, we truly appreciate the opportunity to hear from past recipients on lessons learned and positive outcomes resulting from our technical assistance delivery. Take a look at the following videos of former TASP scholarship recipients to learn more about the TASP experience and ways that we might be able to assist your community.

 

 

In addition to TASP, Community Progress offers technical assistance opportunities on a fee-for-service basis to help communities diagnose key challenges, understand available tools, and develop and implement effective strategies. Community Progress encourages interested communities to explore the organization’s fee-for-service technical assistance and other programming, in addition to TASP, to find the best fit. Visit our fee-for-service page