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Neighborhood Leadership Program

Grants to New Haven Area, Connecticut Residents to
Create and Implement Community Building Projects

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven

Deadline Date:

01/16/18 5:00 PM Receipt


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Grants of up to $3,000 to Connecticut residents of New Haven, West Haven, East Haven, and Hamden who have demonstrated their commitment to make a positive impact on their communities. This program provides an eight month training opportunity, as well as funding, to enable community leaders to develop, test, and implement their community building projects, and provide positive outcomes in New Haven neighborhoods and contiguous towns.

Grantees will learn the skills and practices of:

- Appreciating and using their personal strengths and core values.
- Building relational culture in their community and with other leaders.
- Understanding the resources and challenges involved in creating the community they want.
- Creating and using a group of allies to support them in their work.
- Designing and implementing a pilot project that will positively impact their community.
- Learning from their pilot how to modify or scale up your project.
- Developing and managing the human and material resources they need to produce effective positive impact.

The following are requirements for grantees:

- Mandatory participation in training sessions. The workshops cover the following topics:

1. Core values, relationships, and design thinking
2. Relational project planning, execution, and evaluation
3. Project scaling and engaging community resources

Between sessions: participants undertake relational work in their neighborhoods (2-3 hours per week) and meet for three 2-hour small group and coaching sessions. Between the second and third training sessions, participants will be expected to carry out a pilot project. After the third training session, participants will be preparing and submitting more detailed proposals for second round funding.

Continuity and engagement: the training, field work, and group coaching sessions build on each other. Participation means working in a team, attending all the trainings and at least 75% of the group coaching sessions, doing the relational homework, and sticking with it the entire year. You should have some ideas of pilot projects you can initiate, and what it will take to carry them out.

- An estimated 10 hours per month: 2 hours per week on building relational culture and 3 two-hour small group and coaching sessions after each training

- Plan, carry out, and evaluate a pilot project

- Plan and seek local resources to help support a your second project based on your experience with the pilot project; the second project could be one that grows your pilot project to a bigger scale, a new project in a new community or a collaboration with another leader you have met in the leadership program.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 178734

Estimated Size of Grant:

This grant provides:

- Meals and a stipend
- Up to $500 in expenses for pilot project
- Up to $2,500 additional

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

New Haven, West Haven, East Haven or Hamden residents who have demonstrated a commitment to making a positive difference through resident engagement are eligible to apply. If you are eager to build skills, develop your capacity to increase your impact, and engage with other leaders in learning, practice, and project execution, you should apply to this program.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications must be received by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 16, 2018.

Please Note: Grantees are required to participate in mandatory training sessions.

Click on the link in the Supporting Documents section below to download the 2018 Schedule of training session dates, or see below:

2018 Neighborhood Leadership Program Overview and Schedule:

Training Session 1: Core values, relationships, and design thinking
Dates/Times: Friday 16 March, 5-9pm and Saturday 17 March, 9am-3pm

- Meet and learn about each other,
- Build trust and safety for transformational work,
- Learn and practice the art of the individual meeting,
- Apply design thinking to our hopes,
- Power: personal power, power over, power for, power with
- Plan relational research,
- Set up support teams.

In-between Work – March 18 to May 18 – 9 weeks:

- Check-in on individual meetings: Saturday 14 April: 9am-2pm
- Individual meetings with trainers: 1 hour, coaching and practice.
- 18 (minimum) relational meetings in your neighborhoods or with those you hope to benefit, possible allies, and possible adversaries
- 3 (minimum) 2 hour meetings with your support team, with coaching

Training Session 2: Relational project planning, execution, and evaluation
Friday May 18, 5-9pm and Saturday May 19, 9:00am-3:00 pm

- Based on relational research, design a pilot project to test your assumptions and impact
- What’s the change you hope for, who will benefit, how will you know
- Who/what do you need to make it happen? What’s the context?
- Financial resources: up to $500 from The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven

In between work May 20 – August 25 (15 weeks)
Check-in, finalizing pilot planning – Saturday 9 June: 9am-2pm

- Funding requests due Tuesday June 18.
- Ongoing relational meetings – 20+
- Mid-summer social and presentations
- Support team meetings – 4 meetings, some with coaching
- Carry out Pilot project.
- Evaluate project, what’s the gap between intention and impact

Mid-Summer social and presentations:

- Wednesday July 25, 5:30-8:30
- Informal gathering of participants (and friends/allies) to report on progress with pilots, share stories, and offer support and encouragement.

Training Session 3: Project scaling and engaging community resources
Friday August 24, 5-9pm and Saturday August 25 9:00-3:00

- Sharing learning from pilot projects, related to intent and relational support.
- What are the strengths and resources of the community that could be engaged to improve impact or enlarge scale?
- How can you engage your relational network in making the project happen?
- Develop a detailed project plan, timeline, and budget, including collaboration with others where that supports the intended impact.

Ongoing work August 26-October 25 and beyond

- Check-in and support in developing second stage project: Saturday, September 22, 9am-2pm
- Work your relationship network to get commitments for in kind or financial support for the “project”
- Develop the project “team” from emerging leaders – pay it forward
- Apply for second round financial support from The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven
- Deadline October 23
- Carry out your project in 2018, with coaching and ongoing team support
- Engage with next year’s participants as an advanced learner, coach, or mentor.

Continuity and engagement: The training, practice, and group coaching sessions build on each other. Participation means working in a team, attending all the trainings and at least 75% of the group coaching sessions, doing the relational homework, and sticking with it the entire year.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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Contact Information:

Phone: 203-777-2386

70 Audubon Street
New Haven, CT 06510

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Connecticut: New Haven, West Haven, East Haven, and Hamden