Find Nonprofit and Small Business Grants

Advance Search

Only Available for Paid Subscribers
Clear Filters
Search Filters

2018-19 Executive Academy

Executive Training for USA Business Leaders in
Eligible States to Address Local and Regional Challenges

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

Add to My Calendar 

Delta Regional Authority (DRA) - Delta Leadership Institute (DLI)

Deadline Date:

07/16/18 11:59 PM CT


Request a Grant Writer

Executive training for business and community leaders in Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, and Tennessee to address health, educational, economic, and infrastructure challenges in the Mississippi River Delta and Alabama Black Belt region.

Participants will attend seven sessions across the Delta region to engage in advocacy training, case study discussion, and on-the-ground field experiences that highlight strategies for improving priority issue areas for the region, including Workforce Training and Education, Small Business and Entrepreneurship, Public Health, Transportation, Infrastructure, and Creative Placemaking.

Orientation will be held at the Sheraton Memphis Downtown Hotel in Memphis, TN, during the week of October 29-November 2, 2018. Attending the Orientation is mandatory for participation in the Executive Academy. If you cannot attend the Orientation session, you should wait to apply another year.

The 252 counties and parishes served by the Delta Regional Authority make up one of the most distressed regions of the country, facing profound economic, health, educational, and infrastructure challenges. The Delta Leadership Institute was created to empower a corps of leaders with the tools, experiences, and networks to address these local and regional challenges. The DLI Executive Academy trains leaders from diverse backgrounds, sectors, and industries to improve the economic competitiveness and social viability of the Mississippi River Delta and Alabama Black Belt.

Participants will be empowered in the following aspects:

Develop skills and knowledge in policy areas relevant to economic and community development and competencies that enhance your ability to improve your community.

Visit eight states and learn from more than 12 communities the strategies that are helping grow local economies in diverse cities and towns throughout the region.

Connect with fellow community leaders, practitioners, and experts to develop a strong network for regional collaboration, information sharing, and continued learning.

Sessions cover policy areas and skills such as:

- Regionalism
- Infrastructure
- Public-Private Partnerships
- Public Health
- Transportation
- Grassroots Organizing
- Entrepreneurship
- Creative Placemaking
- Public Policy and Governance
- Culture and Tourism
- Workforce and Education
- Coalition Building

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 183806

Estimated Size of Grant:

DLI covers lodging, program materials, and breakfast and lunch during the session dates. Most dinners will be on your own and at the participant's expense, unless there is a special reception or event scheduled.

Additonally, travel to and from the sessions is the responsibility of the leadership fellow. DLI does provide up to $500 for reimbursed travel expenses to each fellow for one of the seven sessions (it is recommended that this be used to help with costs for the session furthest away from fellow's home). These travel expenses to be reimbursed can include air travel, mileage from the fellow's home to the session location, or another form of transportation.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants must live or work in one of the 252 counties and parishes of the Mississippi River Delta and Alabama Black Belt region, as designated by Congress.

As an executive academy, DLI staff is looking for applicants that serve in traditional and non-traditional leadership roles in their organization, company, and/or community. It is expected that DLI fellows have previously worked on community-based projects that support economic and community development efforts on the local, regional, or state level.

Pre-Application Information:

The application cycle for the 2018-19 Executive Academy is now open through Monday, July 16, 2018 at 11:59pm CT. Submit your application through the online form, including a professional headshot, short biography, resume, and three letters of recommendation (two from elected officials and one from a non-elected community leader).

All applicants will be notified whether they are selected for the 2018-19 Executive Academy by the first week of September. If this should change, you will receive an email from DRA updating you on a new timeline.


Contact Information:

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

Apply online:

Spencer Lucker, Director of the Delta Leadership Institute
(202) 434-4871

Clarksdale, MS (DRA Headquarters)
236 Sharkey Avenue, Suite 400
Clarksdale, MS 38614

Washington, D.C.
444 North Capitol Street NW, Suite 365
Washington, DC 20001

Grant Coverage Areas:

Eligible regions in each state are illustrated on the map:

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Arkansas;   Illinois;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Tennessee