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Community Revitalization Fellowship


The Community Revitalization Fellowship (CRF) is a new learning opportunity to help cohorts of grassroots community leaders revitalize neighborhoods that are struggling with serious challenges related to vacancy, abandonment, and disinvestment.

 

This rigorous, nine-month fellowship program is a profound, immersive experience. In 2019, CRF will focus on how residents can advocate for and lead community efforts to improve vacant, abandoned, and deteriorated properties in order to make their neighborhoods safer for everyone.

 

Six resident leaders from three communities (eighteen people in total) will be selected as Fellows in 2019. They will participate in learning exchanges in each other’s communities that feature a mix of technical and leadership trainings and local neighborhood tours. Fellows will also develop strategies or projects to improve vacant, abandoned, and deteriorated properties in their neighborhoods to improve safety and support revitalization.

 

Download the Community Revitalization Fellowship Request for Applications

 

CRF is designed as an opportunity for participating Fellows to:

 

  • Gain knowledge in neighborhood stabilization and revitalization strategies, tools, and systems
  • Lead a strategic and impactful neighborhood revitalization strategy or project
  • Build connections with Fellows both within and across participating communities
  • Strengthen relationships with local organizations, elected officials, and other local leaders
  • Increase effectiveness of resident-led neighborhood interventions and advocacy

 

By participating in CRF, Fellows will be equipped to advocate for and lead change that improves vacant, abandoned, and deteriorated properties and improve community safety in their own neighborhoods. The Fellowship will also build the capacity of a key institutional partner in each of the communities to provide ongoing local support to the Fellows and their neighborhoods.

 

Program Highlights


- 3 Learning Exchanges for Fellows in three cohort communities across the country

- A “Revitalization 101” training for up to 40 residents in each cohort community 

$14,000 to support institutional partners’ community engagement activities

 

What does the ideal cohort look like?

 

An institutional partner who has a DEMONSTRATED COMMITMENT to addressing community and economic development challenges—and to ensuring that residents are meaningfully engaged in or leading these efforts. The institutional partner must also have broad community connections, knowledge of racial and social equity challenges, and be willing to help strengthen relationships between Fellows and local stakeholders.

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SIX resident leaders who are ACTIVE in community revitalization and/or neighborhood safety efforts, especially related to vacant property issues.

 

The ideal cohort must possess an eagerness to expand their knowledge by engaging with other communities experiencing similar challenges and successes.


Costs

Thanks to the generous support from the Oak Foundation, tuition is on us! Travel, lodging and on-site meals are also included. Fellows will receive a $230 stipend for each learning exchange attended (up to $690 total). Institutional partners will receive $14,000 in pass-through funding to support their role in the program.

 

Commitments & Expectations


...of Fellows:

  • Participate fully in three (3) two-day learning exchanges over the course of nine months. Two of the learning exchanges will involve traveling to each of the other two cohort cities. The third learning exchange will take place in the Fellow’s own city.
  • Participate in four local meetings or gatherings arranged by the Institutional Partners.
  • Participate in periodic follow-up surveys and/or phone calls to discuss local projects, advocacy efforts, or other strategies implemented to support neighborhood revitalization and improved safety.

 

...of Institutional Partners:

  • Convene the six local Fellows before the first learning exchange, and after each of the three learning exchanges (four times in total over the course of the nine-month program).
  • Participate fully in three (3) two-day learning exchanges over the course of nine months. Two of the learning exchanges will involve traveling to each of the other two cohort cities. The third learning exchange will take place in the Institutional Partner’s own city.
  • Identify and implement strategies to strengthen relationships between Fellows and local government, nonprofit, private, or philanthropic leaders.
  • Participate in periodic follow-up surveys and/or phone calls to discuss local projects, advocacy efforts, or other strategies implemented to support neighborhood revitalization and improved safety.

 

... for Hosting a Learning Exchange:

  • Each cohort will host the other cohort communities for one (1) two-day learning exchange, spanning a Friday and Saturday, including a tour of local neighborhoods to highlight relevant projects. A “Revitalization 101” training for up to 40 additional community members will also be held in each community. 

 

Next Steps


--> Want to learn more? Check out a detailed summary of the program.

--> Download the Community Revitalization Fellowship Request for Applications.

--> Take a look at the Frequently Asked Questions

--> And then register for the informational webinar at 12:00 p.m. EST on January 30, 2019.

 

Download Supplemental Application Documents:   

 Appendix A – Cover Sheet

 Appendix B – Institutional Partner Questionnaire

 Appendix C – Resident Leader Questionnaire

 

Applications are due by Friday, February 22, 2019, at 5:00 p.m. EST to crf@communityprogress.net.