Technical Assistance Scholarship Program

 

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In 2014, Community Progress launched the Technical Assistance Scholarship Program (TASP), a competitive merit scholarship program for select communities that show promise in making innovative and important contributions to the field of practice. We designed and launched TASP to help us find and support today’s pioneers and “changemakers,” both improving the field of practice while effecting positive change on the ground. 

 

TASP is opened for applications twice a year (spring and fall), and we competitively select up to four communities each round to receive approximately 200 hours of technical assistance at a significantly reduced rate. Grant funding from the JPMorgan Chase Foundation provides the majority of the program’s support. Applicants can apply for assistance under one or a combination of the following categories:


• Data and Information Systems
• Tax Collection and Enforcement Reform
• Strategic Code Enforcement
• Properties with title problems
• Land Bank and Land Banking Program Evaluation
• Vacant Land Maintenance and Reuse Strategies

 

We encourage applications from local communities, regional coalitions, and statewide organizations who are seeking support to implement or expand innovative reforms and bold actions to combat large-scale vacancy and abandonment. If you would like to discuss project ideas or learn more about TASP guidelines, please contact Payton Heins, Program Officer for National Technical Assistance, at pheins@communityprogress.net. Please also see below our summaries of the first two rounds of TASP.


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Summary of Round One (Summer/Fall 2014)

We announced the inaugural round of TASP in February of 2014. From a list of six finalists, the first TASP recipient communities -- listed below -- were announced in May 2014. Each city's name links to the tailored final reports Community Progress developed and presented in December 2014.

 

Atlanta, GA

Lafayette, LA

Butte-Silver Bow, MT

 

The applications put forth by the three winning communities demonstrated innovation, need, diverse multi-stakeholder support, and capacity to implement and sustain findings and recommendations. The final reports for the three communities are also available for review at our Publications page

 

Update on Round Two (Winter 2014/Spring 2015)

We announced the fall round of TASP in late September 2014, and applications were due November 5. The winning communities were announced on January 29, 2015, with the six month project period beginning in February.  They are:

 

Dallas, Texas

Detroit, Michigan

Gary, Indiana

Trenton, New Jersey



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