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Scholarships for social impact investing seminar

OCDCA is pleased to announce the next round of capacity building scholarships for our members to attend the Tony Wells Foundation‘s three day executive leadership training course December 12-14, 2017.

View the course flyer.

This training is designed to help nonprofit leaders expand their thinking beyond their own resource constraints as they work to solve social problems and focus on several topics, including:

  • Social enterprise,
  • Impact investing,
  • Strategic collaboration,
  • Sustainability,
  • Creative problem solving to help you expand your impact.

Scholarship awards will covers 85% of the course tuition, reducing the cost to just $300 per staff member. Two scholarships are available, and one of the scholarships will be used for a member in the USDA Rural Community Development Initiative (RCDI).

Interested applicants can apply here by December 1.


What’s happening? HOME, Open enrollment

A brief sample of our October 2017 newsletter: What’s Happening in Ohio Community Development?

Sign HOME Coalition Letter and Submit HOME Success Stories by November 10

The HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME) is looking for HOME success stories. Congress has yet to finalize its fiscal year (FY) 2018 spending bills, and the House proposed cutting HOME by $100 million to a historic low of $850 million.

The HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME) is looking for HOME success stories. Congress has yet to finalize its fiscal year (FY) 2018 spending bills, and the House proposed cutting HOME by $100 million to a historic low of $850 million.   For over 20 years, HOME has been one of the most effective, flexible, and locally driven tools to help states and communities address their most pressing housing challenges. Recent cuts to HOME from more than $1.8 billion in 2010 to $950 million in 2017 have only made it more difficult for America’s most vulnerable households to access a safe, decent, and affordable home.

  1. Sign on to the HOME Coalition’s letter urging Congress to restore HOME funding to at least $1.2 billion in FY 2018. Sign your organization on to the letter now.
  2. Submit HOME success stories to show the impact of the HOME Program and give a face to who the program serves. Please use this HOME success story template and submit stories to Althea Arnold (aarnold AT or Clay Kerchof (ckerchof AT

The deadline to sign your organization onto the letter and submit success stories is November 10. Thank you for your support of this crucial resource.

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We’re hiring an AmeriCorps VISTA program manager

The Ohio CDC Association (OCDCA) is a statewide membership organization that fosters vibrant neighborhoods and improves the quality of life in all communities through advocacy and capacity building of our member agencies. OCDCA’s vision is the creation of a community development environment that comprehensively improves life opportunities for all Ohioans.

OCDCA is searching for an AmeriCorps VISTA Program Manager to manage the AmeriCorps VISTA and Summer Associate programs in collaboration with OCDCA programs and subsite members. This position is responsible for overall program management, effective recruitment, and placement of VISTA members whose service addresses poverty alleviation while aligning with the objectives, policies and procedures of the AmeriCorps programs.

View the full listing. Please send resume and cover letter by October 20th.


OCDCA issues call for trainers and TA providers

Ohio CDC Association (OCDCA) requests credentials from trainers and technical assistance providers for our programs for CDCs (Community Development Corporations).

Providers are needed in the areas of affordable housing, community economic development, food access, community empowerment and financial empowerment.

Priority is given to OCDCA members who submit qualifications by October 31, 2017 for the 2018 calendar year.

View the full announcement.

Please submit the following items.

1. A current resume of presenter(s) which includes contact information and any relevant certifications;

2. Your level of compensation. Please provide both a daily and hourly rate;

3. If you are a consultant, submit three customer references (name, organization, address, phone number and e-mail). Please indicate the services you performed for the customer and when they took place. If you are submitting on behalf of an organization, please submit a brief narrative about program success in community or organizational expertise in subject area;

4. A list of workshops or webinars you can provide and on what topics. Please briefly describe the workshops or webinars;

5. A list of topic areas in which you are willing to provide technical assistance.

Please submit your response to Melissa Miller at mmiller AT If you have any questions, please contact her at (614) 461-6392 ext. 209.


What’s happening? Microbusiness, budgets, & we’re hiring

A brief sample of our September 2017 newsletter: What’s Happening in Ohio Community Development?

OCDCA Receives Significant Gift from Fifth Third Bank for Microbusiness

OCDCA created the Ohio Microbusiness Recoverable Grant Fund to provide a sustainable pool of funding to the Ohio Microbusiness Development Program’s community development organizations, who can then use the funds to make loans to local microentrepreneurs in their community. We at Ohio CDC Association are  eager to announce that the OMBDP Recoverable Grant Fund received a significant gift from Fifth Third Bank. As this program gets rolling, we are delighted to strengthen our partnership with Fifth Third Bank to bolster Ohio microbusiness development programs and low-to-moderate income entrepreneurs throughout the state.

The Ohio Microbusiness Recoverable Grant Fund (RGF) is a statewide fund, from which OCDCA makes recoverable grants to sub-sites of OCDCA’s Microbusiness Development Grant Program, in order for the sub-site to then make loans to their low-to-moderate income microentrepreneur clients. Loan repayments are paid back to the subsite who repays OCDCA to replenish the grant fund, so that more grants for loans to microentrepreneurs can be made in the future.

Thank you, Fifth Third Bank!

2018 Ohio Micro
business Development Program Funding
OCDCA welcomes current, good standing members to apply for the Ohio Microbusiness Development Program. The maximum grant award is $40,000. Of this, up to 10% may be used for administrative expenses. The structure of the lending allocation for the microbusiness program has changed. The application is due by 4:00 pm on October 10, 2017. For questions, please contact David Foust at dfoust AT


Farewell, David!
After six years of dedication, October 25th is David Foust’s last day with the Ohio CDC Association. David joined the OCDCA in September 2011. His primary responsibilities included leading an industry marketing and branding initiative, overseeing the microbusiness development program, as well as new programming initiatives. Prior to this role, he served as the OCDCA Membership Manager where he assisted in coordinating membership activities, including training and technical assistance.

He won’t be out of our network though, as he joins member Partners Achieving Community Transformation (PACT) working to revitalize Columbus’s Near East Side. David will be missed, but we wish him the best on the next stages of his career!

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What’s happening? Budget vote, HUD

A brief sample of our August 2017 newsletter: What’s Happening in Ohio Community Development?

House Plans to Vote on FY18 Housing Appropriations in Early September 

The US House plans to vote on the FY18 Transportation-Housing and Urban Development (THUD) spending bill in the first few days of September after members of Congress return from their month-long recess. The current plan is for the THUD bill to be combined with seven other domestic spending bills to form a larger package. Because of tight federal spending limits, the THUD bill would eliminate more than 140,000 housing vouchers and reduce flexible resources used by states and localities to build and preserve affordable homes and address community needs.

Even if the House passes the spending package, the Senate is unlikely to consider the bill. Because of the low domestic spending levels and conservative policy riders in the House spending bills, Democrats are expected to oppose them. Without some Democratic support, the Senate does not have the 60 votes it needs to approve the spending bills. The Senate continues to work on its spending bills, which exceed the Budget Control Act caps. This sets the stage for bipartisan negotiations. Congress and the administration will need to reach an agreement on final FY18 spending bills – or enact a short-term Continuing Resolution – before the start of the new fiscal year on October 1 or risk a government shutdown.

Given the limited time remaining before the start of the next fiscal year, Congress will likely need to rely on at least one short term stopgap spending bill to keep the government open when FY18 begins on October 1. Click here for an updated budget chart covering a variety of community development and housing programs.

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10 reasons why you should become a member

Do you enjoy receiving Ohio CDC Association’s monthly newsletter What’s Happening in Ohio Community Development which features state and federal policy updates, funding and employment opportunities, and a bevy of training events?

Well then, here are ten other things you would enjoy even more by being a member of the Ohio CDC Association (OCDCA):

1. We help explain what you do

What is community development? Great question. Are you a CDC? Possibly. Do you do community development? It’s likely.

We help explain the answers to these questions and describe a broad view of comprehensive community development. We provide branding assistance and supplementary marketing materials, including a comprehensive Public Relations Toolkit. For a look at our starting point, please see our videos, “If We Can, So Can You.” We help create a unified voice for the variety of neighborhood revitalization and community development efforts in Ohio.

2. Advocacy gets easier for you

This will be of huge importance for the foreseeable future.

We work in coalitions to make it easier and stronger. On a state level, we helped form the Home Matters to Ohio campaign to push affordable housing to the top of the priority list, and have advocated for more or equal funding for nonprofit community developers for years.

We utilize our downtown Columbus presence to talk to policy makers on behalf of two-hundred plus organizations along with our partners.

Nationally, we work to stay at the table, creating flyers demonstrating the value of CDBG and HOME that our members can use. We organize Capitol Hill visits for national conferences, empowering our members to tell the stories of their communities.

Join this strong voice so your concerns are heard. Many are louder than one.

3. Free Money!

Over $37,200 in scholarships to non-OCDCA community development trainings were already offered in 2017 so far, including the National Development Council Academy and the People and Places Community Conference in DC. Even if your organization just received one scholarship to a conference, the OCDCA membership would pay for itself.

4. Opportunities to network with other CDCs and peers

Networking is integral in all of our trainings, workshops, and our conference. But, more importantly, we love connecting experts from around the state to help out those organizations in need. Who better to learn from than other practitioners?

5. Quality, affordable trainings in a variety of subjects offered year-round

Yeah, a lot of these trainings are free for everybody, but that’s just because we want to share the knowledge. On that note, we love collaborating with other orgs on trainings, most recently Greater Ohio Policy Center and Ohio Association of Community Action Agencies. OCDCA members also receive a discounted OANO membership, which means further training discounts. For any of our trainings that do require a fee, members have discounted rates. To find out what’s coming up next, click here!

6. Members-only funding announcements

Did you ever want to be part of a secret club? Now you can be. We tirelessly scour all the sources for the best, most relevant funding opportunities applicable to any member to disseminate through our monthly newsletter: Funding Opps. For a sample copy, please email Lisa Much, lmuch AT

7. Technical assistance in pretty much anything!

Microbusiness development, financial education, housing, economic development, rural development, fund development, marketing, starting or expanding a CDC, etc. Just ask! If we don’t know, we can help you get the answer! (Unless, of course, it’s malfunctioning office equipment).

8. Access to the AmeriCorps VISTA, IDA, and Microbusiness Development programs

With technical assistance and training, of course. Some of these programs even feature members’ only sections on our website and periodic network calls or summits to share best practices or get your questions answered.

In the last year alone, OCDCA AmeriCorps VISTAs recruited more than 900 community volunteers, who completed over 2,000 hours of volunteer service; organized or attended over 250 community events to support their organization’s services; and raised over $700,000 in cash and in-kind contributions. How can they bolster your community?

9. New programs on the horizon – community empowerment initiative

Ever on the lookout for more ways to serve our members, we’ve created the Community Empowerment Initiative, slated to launch Q1 of 2018, to bolster our members in a comprehensive way. Stay tuned for more information!

10. Ohio CDC Association annual conference discount

“The CDC conference is always one of the best of the year,” a long-time, returning attendee remarked after the 2014 Dayton conference.

Now on its 33rd year, the OCDCA conference takes pride in changing the host city each year. Featuring diverse workshops, ample networking time, at least four local tours, expert featured speakers, and award ceremonies, the CDC conference promotes idea sharing and collaboration for all people working to improve communities throughout Ohio. Plus, there are, of course, usually scholarships for young professionals and other members to attend.

Have we convinced you yet? If you are still unsure about the value of an OCDCA membership, check out the other benefits here.

Member dues are 50% off the rest of the year. Become a member now with code “10REASONS” and you will be entered into a raffle to win a free OCDCA Annual Conference registration in Toledo, under the theme Glass Half Full: Resilience in the Face of Adversity, October 5-6, 2017 at the newly renovated Renaissance Toledo Downtown Hotel.

For more membership questions or concerns, please contact Melissa Miller at (614) 461-6392 ext. 209.

We’re here for you. We envision the creation of a community development environment that comprehensively improves life opportunities for all Ohioans and believe you are doing that. Let’s work together.


What’s Happening?

A brief sample of our July 2017 newsletter: What’s Happening in Ohio Community Development?

Regional Regulatory Roundtable – Advocacy Opportunity

On August 1 and 3, the Office of Advocacy within the Small Business Administration is holding Regional Regulatory Roundtables to hear first-hand from business owners about what federal regulations most concern and/or impact them. The August 1 roundtable will be held in Cincinnati, and the August 3 will be held in Cleveland. The registration link for the August 1 event in Cincinnati can be found here. The registration link for the August 3 event in Cleveland can be found here.

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Call for nominations – 2017 OCDCA awards

OCDCA is issuing a call for nominations for the annual Ohio CDC Association member awards.

These awards recognize CDCs, their staff and volunteers, projects, partners and advocates who have made exemplary contributions to the community development field.

Celebrate the individuals and organizations that are helping to stabilize, restore and invigorate communities in Ohio!

Winners will be announced at the 33rd Annual Conference at the Member Awards Breakfast on Friday, October 6th in Toledo.

Nominate someone here.

Shawn Carvin of Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership receiving the inaugural CDC Rising Star Award at the 32nd Annual Conference in Athens, Ohio.

Ned D. Neuhausel Award
In honor of Ned Neuhausel, long-time leader in Ottawa County’s disability support system and Executive Director of Ottawa Residential Services, Inc. Nominate one person who has played a key role in providing affordable housing for vulnerable people and been a strong advocate on their behalf.

Stephanie J. Bevens Award
The award honors Stephanie Bevens, a long-time OCDCA Board Member, an innovative director of microenterprise programs at Pike County Community Action, and a tireless advocate on behalf of low-income entrepreneurs. Nominate a CDC staff member with an entrepreneurial spirit and a strong advocate on behalf of low- to-moderate income people.

CDC Project of the Year
This award gives recognition to an outstanding CDC project related to affordable housing, community economic development, community engagement, financial empowerment or food access.

CDC Staff Member of the Year
Nominate an outstanding staff member, full or part-time who has made the work of the CDC a success.

CDC Community Leader of the Year
Recognize an outstanding community leader (CDC Board Member, volunteer, etc.) who has provided leadership or other major contributions to a CDC.

CDC Rising Star
Nominate an outstanding staff member, volunteer, or advocate, who is under 30, who is making a big impact in community development.

Community Development Partner of the Year
The nomination may be a special non-profit or faith-based organization, individual, business, financial institution, foundation, intermediary, government agency or other entity that has provided support to a CDC.

CDC of the Year
Nominate a CDC that has done outstanding work this year.

Only CDC members, which includes staff, board and projects may be nominated, except in the case of the Partner of the Year, where a nominee does not have to be a member but must be a partner of a current CDC member. View the current list of OCDCA members.

Winners will be selected by an impartial Awards Committee. You may nominate yourself or your organization. Nominate someone here by August 4.


What’s Happening?

A brief sample of our June newsletter: What’s Happening in Ohio Community Development?

Out of Reach 2017: Ohio’s Housing Wage is $15

The National Low-income Housing Coalition recently released Out of Reach 2017. The report’s Housing Wage is the hourly wage a full-time worker must earn to afford a modest apartment while spending no more than 30% of his or her income on rent and utilities. This year, Ohio’s average two-bedroom Housing Wage is $15.00 per hour.

Low and Median Wages Barely Increased Since 1973, While Those at the Top Saw Sizable Gains

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