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Community Revitalization Fellowship

Frequently Asked Questions


About the Application

1) What communities can apply?


Any small or midsized community (population of 300,000 or less) in the United States is eligible to apply, including cities, suburbs, and rural municipalities. Priority will be given to communities with serious challenges related to vacancy, abandonment, and disinvestment, particularly in low-income communities of color.


2) Who can be an "Institutional Partner"?


Local community foundations are the preferred Institutional Partners. In the absence of an appropriate community foundation, any established nonprofit organization or land bank authority with experience in revitalization and a deep commitment to resident engagement may apply.


3) What role will the Institutional Partner play in the application process?


The Institutional Partner will serve as the lead applicant and point of contact for the Community Revitalization Fellowship. They will be responsible for gathering and submitting all application materials. The Institutional Partner provides support, mentorship, and logistical help to their community’s cohort of Fellows during the application process and, if chosen, over the course of the fellowship.


4) Where can I find the application?


Here you go!


5) When are applications due?


February 22, 2019, at 5:00 p.m. EST to crf@communityprogress.net.


6) When will you announce the selected applicants? 


By March 13, 2019.


About the Learning Exchanges

7) Where will the three learning exchanges take place?


The learning exchanges will take place in each of the three communities accepted into the Fellowship. The selected communities will be announced once all applicants have been notified.


8) When will the learning exchange dates be chosen?


The learning exchange dates will be determined in partnership with the accepted 2019 cohort communities. We hope to confirm the dates of the learning exchanges by the end of April 2019.


9) How long are the learning exchanges?


The learning exchanges will be two-day events, spanning Friday to Saturday. Each participating community will be the site of an exchange, meaning each community’s Fellows will participate in one exchange in their home community and travel to the other two exchanges. Please anticipate a one or two overnight stay for each of the two learning exchanges that require travel.


10) What is the role of the Institutional Partner in the learning exchanges?


The Institutional Partner will be expected to participate fully in the three (3) two-day learning exchanges. They will also be expected to gather the six local Fellows before the first learning exchange, and after each of the three learning exchanges. These gatherings are intended to help Fellows set and make progress toward goals and continue the momentum generated during the learning exchanges. The structure of these gatherings is flexible and could include, for example: a meeting to debrief from a learning exchange and plan next steps; a meet-and-greet with relevant local government or law enforcement officials; helping out at a neighborhood clean-up; or other formats that make the most sense based on the community’s and Fellows’ needs.


About the Revitalization 101 Training


11) What is the Revitalization 101 Training?


The Revitalization 101 training is an opportunity for up to 40 community members in each of the cohort communities to learn from national experts to increase their knowledge of practical, actionable ways residents can support revitalization on their own blocks. The training will be approximately two hours long.


12) What is the difference between the Revitalization 101 training and the learning exchanges?


The learning exchanges are reserved for the six Fellows from each community. The Revitalization 101 training is an opportunity for up to 40 additional community leaders to build their knowledge, helping to extend the momentum of the Community Revitalization Fellowship into the broader community.


About Participating in the Fellowship

13) How much does it cost to participate in the Community Revitalization Fellowship?

Thanks to the generous support from the Oak Foundation, tuition is on us! Travel, lodging, and on-site meals are also included.


14) What if a resident can no longer participate once the learning exchange dates are chosen?


If a resident who was included in the cohort’s accepted application package can no longer participate in the Fellowship, the Institutional Partner may propose another resident to take his/her place. The Institutional Partner should send a letter of commitment from the proposed replacement including a biography, involvement in community revitalization activities, and what he/she hopes to gain from participating in the Community Revitalization Fellowship. Please note this is different than if a participating Fellow cannot attend one of the learning exchanges (see below).


15) I am an enrolled Fellow but I can’t make a learning exchange. Can another resident attend in my place?


Your presence will be missed! The Community Revitalization Fellowship is committed to investing in people. Participants will be guided through trainings that build on each other during the nine-month engagement. Therefore, a replacement cannot be sent in your absence.


16) How and when will stipends for residents be paid?


Each Fellow will receive a check by mail after attending each of the learning exchanges. Stipends for participation are $230 per learning exchange, up to $690 total. Fellows will only receive stipends for learning exchanges they attend.


17) When will the Institutional Partner receive their funding?


The Institutional Partner will receive the pass-through funding in three installments following the completion of each learning exchange.


Additional Questions  


17) Who do I contact with questions?


You can send an email to crf@communityprogress.net. Questions must be received by 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Monday February 18, 2019, to receive a response.


We also recommend that you register for the Informational Webinar at 12:00 p.m. EST on January 30, 2019.