Engaging Communities in Partnership


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  • Background:
    In 2006 and 2007 there was a fair amount of press coverage about Illinois’s ranking in terms of the number of the number of federal dollars it receives compared to how much it was paying out in federal taxes.
    Illinois receives $0.75 from the federal government for every $1.00 paid in taxes
    Compared to other states, Illinois ranked 46th in federal spending per dollar of tax
    - Several contributing factors including that Illinois is a fairly wealthy state and states with higher per capita incomes tend to pay higher taxes; Illinois has had five military bases close within recent years and states military bases tend to have good amount of federal dollars returned to them; and medicare and social security factors in and Illinois has not had a high number of retirees.
    In addition to all of these reasons there is still large pots of discretionary funding that Illinois is leaving on the table each year
    Grand Victoria foundation was and is concerned about the federal discretionary dollars left on the table each year and began conversations with Neighborhoods Initiative to see how this issue could be addressed
  • - We often custom design courses to the audience and partner with federal, state and planning agencies to deliver trainings. Inviting federal agency representatives to speak about their perspective and available opportunities is often a common model
    IRN’s TA Providers work through three main models of service delivery including the continuous place-based proposal development model; the hazard mitigation model; and the individual TA model that works one –on-one with individual organizations and collaboratives on single proposal opportunities.
    Continuous place-based proposal model
    Includes creating efficiencies by teaching how collaboratives and organizations can build on previously submitted proposals
    -uses plans – economic development, neighborhood, comprehensive, hazard mitigation to develop federal grant matrices – this is a two year plan that maps federal funding opportunities with the goals and objectives identified in the plans and layers federal funding streams across policy domains for comprehensive implementation
    - the research and community demographics created in these plans are also part of the efficiencies
    Hazard Mitigation – part of continuous proposal building but has grown into its own area really
    IRN works with cities and counties to help them safe guard against natural and environmental disasters by providing training and technical assistance around hazard mitigation planning and recovery.
    Identify and map additional federal funding opportunities based on approved hazard mitigation plans.
    This model grew out of IRN’s assistance to communities impacted by the flooding of the Mississippi in the summer of 2008. With climate change this has become an important initiative. With approved plans communities do not need to wait to apply for preventive grants that will protect them from costly recoveries. It is estimated that every dollar spent preparing and preventing damages from natural disasters saves 4.
    IRN also conducted research and grants mapping for the Illinois Long Term Recovery Report – this report was used to help justify additional assistance of 169 million in CDBG Disaster Declaration dollars to Illinois Communities – it is commonly referred to as Ike funding
  • Capacity building – these are quantititave numbers but they do not fully capture the capacity building that has occurred with organizations through the project. We have worked with a number of organizations, that even if they have not been funded have been able to significantly build their organizational capacity, some have shopped proposals to other funders and have been awarded. In addition, there have been a number of organizations that we have encouraged not to apply for federal grants – either because the competition across the nation was too high – in some cases really need to be confident that your program is one of the top 20 nationally or because they did not have the capacity needed for the rigor of reporting and monitoring on a federal grant
    - we consider these wins as well – because they have helped organizations learn about what kind of capacity they need to build to be ready, or have helped to point them towards partnerships where they can work with higher capacity organizations that can serve as a fiscal agent and it has saved them considerable resources that could be better directed – Federal grants are a serious endeavor and require a lot of time and energy to produce – this is time and resources saved.
  • Grew out of our experiences in IRN – and our desire to offer intensive capacity building services to smaller grass roots and emerging organizations
    Community Areas - Lower West Side (Pilsen), Near West Side, South Lawndale (Little Village), North Lawndale, East Garfield Park, West Garfield Park, and Humboldt Park.
    Participants were selected through a competitive selection process were applicants were required to submit a proposal
    After selection – program began with intensive organizational assessment that included surveys and interviews with key staff to determine the organizations needs and create a capacity building plan in partnership
    Subawards to organizations helped to boost their capacity building needs and included everything from additional computer equipment, consultants to develop marketing materials, a website or engage in a strategic plan or intensive board development,
  • 50% of organizations hired new staff.
    75% of organizations hired volunteers.
    79% created new products
    34% created new collaborations
  • Rudy Lozano (1951–1983) was an activist and community organizer in Chicago, Illinois.
    Lived in the Pilsen neighborhood.
    Rudy Lozano's short life was characterized by passionate community activism. He strove to empower workers and forge coalitions among Latinos, African Americans, and other minorities.
    Lozano's activism began at a young age. While a student at Harrison High School, he organized a movement to teach Mexican history classes. Later, at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Lozano helped create the Latin American Recruitment Program.
    In 1981, Lozano became the Midwest Regional Organizing Director of the International Ladies Garment Workers Union. He worked to register voters in Chicago, and to defend minority workers' interests. He was well known for his efforts to organize the factory workers at the Del Rey Tortilleria.
    In 1983, he lost a close race for alderman of the 22nd Ward. Newly elected Mayor Harold Washington enlisted him as his liaison to the Latino community.
    A short time later, Lozano was shot to death at his home. Washington praised him as "a man driven by a search for unity among people."
    Those responsible have not been discovered.
    Today, the Pilsen branch of the Chicago Public Library is named in Lozano's honor, and his wife, sister, and sons continue his activist legacy. Also, in his honor, there is a school called Rudy Lozano Leadership Academy. RLLA is associated with the Instituto Del Progreso Latino in Chicago.
    His son, Rudy Jr, ran for State Representative in the 23rd District of Illinois in February 2010
  • Engaging Communities in Partnership

    1. 1. UIC Neighborhoods Initiative (UICNI) Why create UICNI? • University –Community Partnership Development • Builds on Community Strengths • Integrated and Multidisciplinary
    2. 2. Then…
    3. 3. UICNI Structure Resources Communication Leadership
    4. 4. UICNI Programs Economic Development and Jobs • Great Cities/Great Careers Improved vocational training at Crane and Benito Juarez with job guarantees • Incubator Without Walls Youth entrepreneurship training at Henry Horner Homes • El Valor MBA Program Community-based MBA program
    5. 5. Programs Continued Housing and Commercial Development • Affordable Housing Consortium Research assistants at CDC’s work with staff and UIC faculty on affordable housing • Affordable Housing Fund Provide financing and technical assistance for housing improvement • Commercial Development Fund Provide funds and technical assistance for business development
    6. 6. Programs Continued Community Education • Parent Leadership Program Self-development through creative writing • School Improvement Partnership in Dett Elementary School for development • West Side Club Tutoring by business students (West Side Boys and Girls club)
    7. 7. UICNI Today Latino Urban Leaders
    8. 8. Illinois ResourceNet • University partnership between the University of Illinois at Chicago – Neighborhoods Initiative and the University of Illinois Extension • Works to connect Illinois nonprofits and local units of government with the information and resources necessary to gain access to available federal funding opportunities.
    9. 9. IRN Services • Training through face-to-face workshops, conferences, online courses and webinars • Technical Assistance • Interactive website • eAccess Newsletter
    10. 10. IRN’s Results • 115 federal and state proposals submitted for over $252 million in assistance • 75.3 million awarded in federal dollars • 29.1 million awarded in state dollars • Conducted over 70 trainings, webinars and conferences across the state with approximately 2,627 participants.
    11. 11. ChiWest ResourceNet • 40 Community and Faith –Based Organizations in seven target neighborhoods • Training and Intensive On-on-One Technical Assistance Coaching in four priority areas – Leadership Development – Organizational Development – Program Development – Community Engagement • $235,900 awarded in 19 sub-awards ranging from $5,000 - $19,950
    12. 12. ChiWest Organization Demographics
    13. 13. ChiWest Progress Report Results – Capacity Building Activities (n=36)
    14. 14. Latino Urban Leaders Rudy Lozano (1951-1983) • Preserve the Legacy of Latino Urban Leaders • Create an accessible archive that can be used by the community • Encourage further study and research on Latino Urban Leaders
    15. 15. Progress • Received materials • Sorted inventory • Created database of materials • Electronically archived all photos and videos • Begin development of website design • Identified people, events, & rallies • Collect oral histories • Finalized materials • Determine appropriate location for materials • Community accessible resource
    16. 16. Future Generations • Understand their history • Learn about the struggle • Identify with leadership • Investigate, research & learn
    17. 17. Neighborhoods Initiative • Future Directions – Building on the intermediary role and serving as a conduit between local communities and federal and state agencies – Work towards identifying needed practical research Thank you!