Promise Neighborhoods Program: Planning Grant-writing Guide

Overview

This guide is designed to help applicant organizations and neighborhood coalitions navigate through the guidelines and application for the FY 2012 Promise Neighborhoods Planning Grant and understand the key elements, priorities, and requirements of this funding opportunity.

Successful Research Collaborations: Rules of Engagement for Community-based Organizations

Overview

This paper aims to provide guidelines for CBOs, and in particular Promise Neighborhood lead organizations, to consider when working with external evaluators and researchers. At the Harlem Children’s Zone® (HCZ®), we have learned many lessons over more than 30 years of collaborating with researchers. In this paper, we offer our perspective to other CBOs, in an attempt to share the knowledge we have gathered with those newer to the process.

Capacity-Building Toolkit Manual: Planning Back-Office Supports for Growing Promise Neighborhoods

Overview

Created on behalf of the Promise Neighborhoods Institute at PolicyLink by Frontline Solutions and BCT Partners, this tool is specifically designed for organizations in Promise Neighborhoods to help craft realistic visions and budgets for the back-office needs of managing their work. This tool provides adaptable guidance to better estimate staffing and financial needs during the three- to five-year implementation grant period and beyond.

Maximizing the Results Scorecard

Overview

Designed by Clear Impact and based on the principles of Mark Friedman's Results-Based Accountability™ framework, the Results Scorecard™ helps Promise Neighborhoods leaders to collaborate, make data-driven decisions, and align the performance of their programs and initiatives with the impact that they create in the community. 

Capacity-Building Toolkit Spreadsheet: Planning Back-Office Supports for Growing Promise Neighborhoods

Overview

Created on behalf of the Promise Neighborhoods Institute at PolicyLink by Frontline Solutions and BCT Partners, this accompanying back-office capacity-building spreadsheet was developed to be a simple, straight-forward tool that organizations can utilize to plan for their administrative staffing needs.

Race to the Top District-Level Funding – Partnering with STRIVE and the Promise Neighborhoods Institute at PolicyLink

Overview

Race to the Top - District Funding partnering with STRIVE and Promise Neighborhoods Institute.

Three Ways to Expand Learning

Overview

This brief includes three schedules from ExpandED Schools, highlighting the new classes, supports, and activities available to students thanks to the longer day and community assets in the school.

Why Place & Race Matter (Full Report)

Overview

Delves into issues of race and place and what they mean in the context of building healthy communities--dynamic groups and initiatives are featured to illuminate action at the intersection of health, place, and race.

Why Place & Race Matter (Executive Summary)

Overview

Summarizes the report that delves in detail into issues of race and place and what they mean in the context of building healthy communities--dynamic groups and initiatives are featured to illuminate action at the intersection of health, place, and race.

Why Place & Race Matter (Spanish Version - Full Report)

Overview

Delves into issues of race and place and what they mean in the context of building healthy communities--dynamic groups and initiatives are featured to illuminate action at the intersection of health, place, and race.

When Investors Buy Up the Neighborhood: Strategies to Prevent Investor Ownership from Causing Neighborhood Decline

Overview

Describes three dozen strategies communities can use to reclaim foreclosed properties, encourage positive reinvestment, and stabilize their neighborhoods and also details how many of these approaches are already at work in Minnesota and across the country.

Healthy Food, Healthy Communities - Expanded Version

Overview

Helps advocates, policymakers, community-based organizations, residents, and other stakeholders replicate and create successful models for ensuring that all communities have access to healthy food and the wide range of benefits it brings.

Access to Healthy Food - Equitable Development Toolkit

Overview

Focuses on four tools -- Grocery Store Dev., Corner Stores, Farmers Markets, and Urban Ag. and Community Gardens -- that help communities increase their access to healthy, fresh, affordable food. (2011)

Corner Stores - Equitable Development Toolkit

Overview

Offers residents, policymakers, business leaders, and advocates ideas and strategies for improving small stores in underserved communities. (2011)

Farmers Market - Equitable Development Toolkit

Overview

Details the challenges associated with starting and sustaining farmers' markets in low-income communities of color, as well as some of the successful strategies that have been used to overcome those challenges. (2011)

Grocery Stores - Equitable Development Toolkit

Overview

Highlights a number of innovative strategies to help address the food access challenges and provides guidance for attracting fresh food retail into underserved communities. (2011)

Urban Agriculture and Community Gardens - Equitable Development Toolkit

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Addresses urban agriculture efforts focused on serving low-income communities and communities of color. Shows how projects can improve access to healthy, affordable food for low-income communities and improve residents' health. (2011)

The 2011 Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant Equity Guide

Overview

The PolicyLink Equity Guide to Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grants is designed to help applicants structure equity focused activities into their grant applications. This guide—an update of the inaugural guide released in Summer 2010 in preparation for the first round of grants—provides information on how regions can incorporate social equity into their applications for the second round of funding for sustainable communities grants, announced in early August of 2011. It was written for local governments, metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs), nonprofits, foundations, and educational institutions who are interested in developing competitive grant applications.

Partnership: Partnership Requirements, Principles, and Accountabilities

Overview

You'll gain a deeper understanding of partnerships as:

  • Existing along a continuum that runs from holding maximum control within the lead agency to more shared decisionmaking
  • Including everything from informal, emerging collaborative efforts all the way to sophisticated, mature, formalized bodies
  • Representative of the community, include a wide range of voices, and enable residents to have an active role in decisionmaking
  •  Successful when the lead agency creates and sustains an environment of trust and ensures collective accountability for specific desired results

Host:

  • Cheryl Rogers, Consultant

Guests:

  • Arlene Lee, Associate Director, Center for the Study of Social Policy
  • Kate Shoemaker, Director of Policy and Special Projects, Harlem Children’s Zone
  • Latasha Morgan, Director of After School Programs, Harlem Children’s Zone

Partnership: Partnership Day-to-day Management and Decision-making

Overview

A webinar series hosted by Promise Neighborhoods Institute at PolicyLink, you'll learn about

  • Management structures, processes and tools useful in working with partners
  • Aligning multiple components: managing complex interactions within and across organizations and communities, and using what you learn to adapt and refine your approach
  • Creating a culture of performance and accountability within the lead agency and across partners for successful management

Host:

  • Bill Shepardson, Center for the Study of Social Policy

Guests:

  • Theresa Fujiwara, Strategy & Policy Advisor at the White Center Community Development Association and former Making Connections site liaison, 
  • Anne Williams-Isom, Chief Operating Officer, Harlem Children’s Zone
  • Erica Terrell, Program Director, Harlem Children’s Zone

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