April 25, 2018

10 Community Development Organizations Receive Collaborative Action Grant Funding

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David Zayas Beyond Walls Mural

Photo: Mural by David Zaya on Spring Street in Lynn, Mass., as part of the 2017 Mural Festival hosted by Beyond Walls

Enterprise Community Partners provided funding for community development organizations across the country to engage in local collaborative actions. Since its inception, Enterprise has been able to support dozens of organizations who have engaged with their communities to define their future. The Collaborative Action Grant program was developed with the idea that these small $5,000 grants can be used as a tool to confront challenges, shape the social and community context, and allow for the emergence of love and forgiveness. 

Now in its fifth year, the program has grown to provide funding for 20 applicants selected over two rounds through a request for proposals process.

Selected for their commitment to creativity and engaging local voices the first round of 2018 Collaborative Action Grantees includes:

  • Attitudinal Healing Connection, Inc., Oakland, Calif. AHC will engage low-income West Oakland elders to create a mural at St. Andrew’s Plaza.
  • Slavic Village Development, Cleveland Slavic Village Development will provide beautification and art projects leading up to weekend event of art in homes slated for demolition.
  • Arizona State University Foundation for A New American University, Phoenix ASU is conducting a two-day sustainable housing design charrette with Gila River Indian Community, ASU faculty and ASU students.
  • Quality Life Center of Southwest Florida, Inc., Fort Meyers, Fla. Quality Life Center will engage youth community members to create a visual representation of their hopes for the community.
  • Higher Purpose Co., Clarksdale, Miss. Higher Purpose is supporting creative businesses through a community education program and pop-up shop to improve the economy. 
  • EcoWorks, Detroit EcoWorks will conduct a sustainability-focused network-building effort to enhance connections at the neighborhood level.
  • Latinos Progresando, Chicago ACTivate Marshall Square is a collaborative strategy to activate public space and celebrate culture.
  • The Boston Project Ministries, Boston A youth-led community history gathering project will be transformed into a creative placemaking mural.
  • Mary Mitchell Family and Youth Center, Crotona/West Farms, N.Y. Unite community stakeholders to create a 20-year neighborhood plan around housing and good development.
  • Extra Terrestrial Projects, Durham, N.C. Extra Terrestrial Projects is leading an equity-centered, vision-making temporary activation of the future Durham Belt Line Park.

Collaborative Action Grants are made possible by The Kresge Foundation and The Kendeda Fund. The deadline to submit proposals for the second round was April 30.

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