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What Do Resident-Led Groups Need to Grow Stronger?

A Planning Framework for Grassroots Grantmaking

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Specifically, groups need:
Validation Connections to other groups like them Specific how-to help Help identifying long-term goals A grant program with a visible on-ramp
Recognition Connections to more experienced groups On-demand help Help assessing strengths & growth areas Grant funds that are predictably available
A main-stream, door-opening  champion Connections to policy makers Help from peers Help charting a path from here to there Grants that are offered in a spirit open doors, not trap doors
Connections to resource providers Help from “experts” Encouragement to keep going Grants opportunities that are suitable for beginners, but also are linked to the next step

How does this work?
Here’s a sample showing how a funder is planning to address the needs in each category:


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To create this, we will do directly or support: To create this, we will do directly or support: To create this, we will do directly or support: To create this, we will do directly or support: To create this, we will do directly or support:
Work with media to ensure that success stories are regularly shared with the general public. A directory of neighborhood groups A directory of neighborhood groups Leadership training An on-going small grants program with an open door for start-ups
An award or recognition program for outstanding achievement A cross-neighborhood council Email lists Appropriate assessment tools and processes Tiered support for groups that are maturing
A celebration event for resident-led groups Peer to peer sharing opportunities Accessible 1-on-1 assistance Appropriate planning tools and processes Project support
Sharing success stories and the importance of civic engagement with other main-stream institutions and leaders Email lists “How to” sessions for new groups and leaders A local neighborhood conference A flexible technical assistance fund
Representatives from funding organization attends neighborhood events when invited “Who to call” guides Opportunities to learn from local experts Opportunity for local leaders to attend regional or national trainings or conferences
Prompt response to calls from resident leaders A local neighborhood conference A local neighborhood conference
Opportunity for local leaders to attend regional or national trainings or conferences Opportunity for local leaders to attend regional or national trainings or conferences
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