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Technical Assistance Scholarship Program
January 9, 2017 Update: Five finalist communities have been selected to advance in TASP! Click here to read the press release.
In 2014, Community Progress launched TASP, a competitive merit 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. We designed and launched TASP to help find and support today’s pioneers and “changemakers,” both improving the field of practice and effecting positive change on the ground.
Through this competitive application process, we select up to five finalists from the eligible pool of applicants, and conduct on-the-ground site assessments to better understand local challenges, capacity, and a project's potential for success and impact. Following these site visits, Community Progress will then select up to three finalists as scholarship recipients to receive up to 400 hours of reduced-rate technical assistance from 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, in this round we are able to increase the amount of hours dedicated to each engagement over previous rounds of TASP and, for the first time, provide the site assessments for finalists. View the October 2016 press release.
We encourage applications from communities who are seeking support 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.
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. Watch the following video testimonials from 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.