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Public service scholarship applications

The Ohio Conference of Community Development (OCCD) Foundation Scholarship application is open until April 13.

OCCD would encourage you to make people aware of this great opportunity to provide some financial assistance to those seeking college degrees in economic and community development related fields.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicant must be a resident of Ohio
  • Applicant must attend an accredited university in Ohio and meet the following requirements:
    • Undergraduate students: must be a third- or fourth-year undergraduate student enrolled full-time in Fall 2018

    • Graduate student: enrolled in a graduate program part-time or full-time in Fall 2018

    • Must be enrolled in a field of study that prepares students for a career in public service, including public administration, planning, public finance or related field

    • Applicant must be in good academic standing

Scholarship

  • A maximum of $2,000 paid directly to the awardee’s university
  • One-year student membership to OCCD

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Empowering Communities RFP now open

Ohio boasts a strong reputation for innovation combined with heart. The diverse nature of the state includes eight urban centers, sprawling Appalachian counties, countless suburban towns, and rural communities. As a result, Ohio serves as an economic, cultural, and political microcosm of the United States. That translates into being a hotbed of activity for test markets and pilots of all kinds.

Social issues and solutions are the key to economic growth and community stability. We are eager to leverage more than 200 outstanding Ohio CDC Association (OCDCA) community development organizations to accelerate and implement next-generation social innovation.

Empowering Communities Grant Challenge

Ohio CDC Association and the CareSource Foundation are tackling this head-on by launching the Empowering Communities Grant Challenge.

The Empowering Communities Grant Challenge opportunity will provide funding for innovative solutions to unique community challenges that involve the social determinants of health. The process consists of three stages:

  • Request for Proposal (RFP) process
  • Concept Presentation including Q&A
  • Implementation Phase

Requesting organizations must be a nonprofit member in good standing of Ohio CDC Association, and applications are due by 4 PM EST on May 4, 2018.

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Do you need funding support for your programs?

Are you looking for ways to bolster your existing programs or find funding for new ones?

There are many ways Ohio CDC Association may be able to help. Do you know them all?


Empowering Communities – Innovation Funding to Combat the Social Determinants of Health
In late February 2018, OCDCA and the CareSource Foundation will release the Empowering Communities RFP. Empowering Communities is a project that provides a mechanism for funding new and innovative solutions to unique community challenges that involve the social determinants of health. This innovation funding is available to OCDCA members. Look for the RFP release in just a few weeks.

Social Enterprise Incubation Program
The Social Enterprise Incubation Program (SEIP) is an intensive four phase program consisting of rigorous training and tailored technical assistance for OCDCA members while they create their own social enterprise. This program culminates in a structured “shark tank” where the participating CDCs gain access to startup capital. More information about this technical assistance and funding program will be available in the coming months.

AmeriCorps VISTA
The Ohio CDC Association VISTA Project, created in 1995 as a partnership between the Ohio CDC Association and the Corporation for National and Community Service, places VISTA Members every June or July at OCDCA member organizations throughout the state. VISTA Members are full-time volunteers that serve at a non-profit organization and focus their efforts on building organizational, administrative, and financial capacity for organizations that fight illiteracy, improve health services, foster economic development, strengthen community groups, and otherwise assist low-income communities. OCDCA members pay only $1,600 broken into quarterly installments for this full-time AmeriCorps member. Additionally, OCDCA operates a VISTA Summer Associate program. Both RFPs for 2018 have passed, but will open again in December 2018.

Ohio Microbusiness Development Program
The purpose of the Ohio Microbusiness Development Program is to provide funding for OCDCA members to further develop a local delivery system that encourages microbusiness development, provides low- and moderate-income households with access to capital for business development and self-employment, and creates and retains long-term jobs in the private sector. The RFP for this program opens in the fall.

Funding Opps
Each month, OCDCA members receive a lengthy newsletter called Funding Opps, which lists countless funding opportunities for Ohio community development organizations, separated into the buckets of affordable housing; food access; community engagement; community economic development; and financial empowerment.


All of these programs are available on a competitive basis to OCDCA members. Joining is simple and can happen at any time. All new member dues are 50% off for the first year – no matter when they join, just use code NM2018.

For more information about membership, please contact Melissa Miller, Associate Director, at mmiller@ohiocdc.org or (614) 461-6392 ext. 209.

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ICYMI: AmeriCorps VISTA year-long sub-site RFP available

RFP Opportunity Details

OCDCA welcomes current, good standing members to submit an application to become a sub-site to the OCDCA VISTA Project to begin summer 2018.

Funding for the OCDCA VISTA Project is provided by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), US Department of Agriculture (USDA) through the Rural Community Development Initiative (RCDI), and the Ohio Development Services Agency (ODSA) through the Ohio Housing Trust Fund (OHTF). Limited slots are available; therefore, this is a competitive process and some slots will be reserved for housing-only and rural-only initiatives.

This will be your only opportunity in 2018 to apply for OCDCA VISTA support.

If your organization is interested in becoming a sub-site of the OCDCA VISTA Project, please complete the RFP by 5 PM January 19, 2017.

Applying organizations must be members of OCDCA, and the membership process is easy. Brand new members may receive 50% off their dues by using code NMVISTA at checkout.

For questions or technical assistance, please contact Melissa Miller at mmiller@ohiocdc.org or by phone at 614-461-6392 ext. 209.

Need TA on the Application?

AmeriCorps VISTA RFP TA Webinar   /   January 16, 2018   /   2:00 – 3:30 PM   /   Register Here!

This webinar will go through common errors in applications and what makes a great application. This is a great time to get all your RFP questions answered.

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WSOS, Liberty Center get grants to help homeless

Daniel Carson of The News-Messenger:

The WSOS Community Action Commission and Liberty Center of Sandusky County have each been awarded two year-grants by the state to help the area’s homeless populations.

The Ohio Development Services Agency in December awarded WSOS $1,007,100 and Liberty Center $173,200 through the state’s Homeless Crisis Response Progam.

In Port Clinton, Ottawa County Transitional Housing received a $75,400 grant through the state’s Supportive Housing Program.

Across Ohio, the Ohio Development Services Agency provided grants to 72 local organizations to support homeless prevention, emergency shelters and permanent housing initiatives.

More than $25.8 million will support shelters for the homeless and help homeless Ohioans find permanent housing, according to an ODSA release.

Ruthann House, President/CEO at WSOS, said her organization was pleased to receive the state funding for the group’s region, which includes Sandusky, Ottawa, Wood, Seneca, Erie, Huron and Richland counties.

“The program will provide homeless prevention and rapid re-housing services for more than 400 households facing homelessness in these communities,” House said.

Read the whole article here.

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OCDCA announces microbusiness development program grantees

These past two months have been a very exciting time for OCDCA and its members.

Late last month, through the use of an impartial review committee, we awarded grants to fourteen members for their microbusiness programs through the Ohio Microbusiness Development Program.

The purpose of the Ohio Microbusiness Development Program is to provide funding for CDCs to further develop a local delivery system that encourages microbusiness development, provides low- and moderate-income households with access to capital for business development and self-employment, and creates and retains long-term jobs in the private sector.

Funding for this can be in the form of either training or technical assistance, or direct assistance to the business in the form of a loan, with loan funds repaid into a local microbusiness revolving loan fund. Funding for this program comes from Ohio Development Services Agency with additional support for OCDCA’s Recoverable Grant Fund through a significant gift from Fifth Third Bank with additional support from US Bank Foundation. View a list of all the OCDCA funders.

Awarded Organizations

Adams Brown Community Action Partnership

Appalachian Center for Economic Networks

Asian Services in Action, Inc.

Community Action Partnership of the Greater Dayton Area

Community Action Committee of Pike County

Economic and Community Development Institute

Franklinton Urban Empowerment Lab

Greater Cincinnati Microenterprise Initiative

HHWP Community Action Agency

INCREASE Community Development Corporation

Southern Perry Incubation Center for Entrepreneurs

Supports to Encourage Low Income Families

Vinton County Economic Development Board

Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corporation

Congrats to all of the selected organization! For more information about the Ohio Microbusiness Development Program, please contact Nate Coffman at ncoffman AT ohiocdc.org.

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A $700,000 grant will help save blighted, vacant homes and beautify CLE neighborhoods

Karin Connelly Rice of Freshwater Cleveland:

Ever since the real estate housing crash in 2008, Cleveland communities have been faced with tackling the problem of vacant and blighted homes—pulling down property values and aesthetic appeal in neighborhoods already struggling.

According to Justin Fleming, director of real estate for Cleveland Neighborhood Progress (CNP), there are about 9,500 vacant homes in the City of Cleveland. “I’d estimate that approximately 4,500 of those are structurally capable of being rehabbed within a reasonable budget,” he says. “The other 5,000 are likely structurally too far gone to reasonably save.”

But thanks to a three-year, $700,000 grant given to CNP by Detroit-based Quicken Loans, some of those homes with rehab potential will get that much-needed work. The grant is meant to provide CNP with funding for its efforts to stabilize housing markets and revitalize city neighborhoods.

“We’re really excited about this partnership with Quicken Loans,” says CNP president and CEO Joel Ratner. “We were looking for ways to rehab more homes to not only increase home ownership, but to also get these houses back on the tax rolls. We’ve been talking to them for a long time, and they’re also interested in [addressing] blight.”

Read the whole story here.

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People Working Cooperatively “Ramp it Up for Veterans” WCPO telethon raises $50,000 for veterans

Last week, Cincinnati-OCDCA member People Working Cooperatively, in partnership with WCPO conducted a telethon to raise funds to aid disabled and low-income elderly veterans with critical home repairs. In a four hour time span, the telethon raised over $50,000.

“The impact will be huge for these hometown heroes who are waiting for emergency home repairs, home modifications and more.”

Get the whole story here.

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CareSource Foundation makes significant contribution for social determinants of health

(Front, L to R) Emily Seibel, Judy Jackson, Cathy Ponitz, Jamar Doyle, (Back, L to R) Steve Torsell, Nate Coffman

On October 6th, Ohio CDC Association announced a major gift from and exciting new partnership with the CareSource Foundation for the new Empowering Communities initiative. 

Community development organizations need a mechanism to synthesize ideas and neighborhood feedback to develop innovative, homegrown solutions to their unique challenges. In doing so, they empower their communities. Community development organizations not only listen to their community, but work directly with their neighbors to respond to these pressing problems. Working collectively and inclusively to solve problems results in diverse and truly innovative solutions.

The Empowering Communities program will encourage groups to test and pilot innovative, community-driven solutions to some of their neighborhood’s most pressing problems. This inaugural cohort of the program will provide implementation grants to OCDCA members to test innovative solutions to pressing community challenges related to the social determinants of health. While testing their solution, they will receive technical assistance from OCDCA and undergo an outside evaluation.

We are so excited to work with the CareSource Foundation and see what projects will come from this work.

Since 2006, the CareSource Foundation has awarded almost 1,200 grants to nonprofits who are working to eliminate poverty, provide much-needed services to low-and moderate-income families, encourage healthy communities, develop innovative approaches to address critical health issues and enhance the lives of a diverse array of children, adults and families.

Empowering Communities will begin in the first part of 2018, and we are more than excited for our new relationship and partnership with the CareSource Foundation to bring this program to realization in Ohio. Thank you, CareSource Foundation! 

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RFP Open: 2018 AmeriCorps VISTA Sub-Sites

OCDCA welcomes current, good standing members to submit an application to become a sub-site to the OCDCA VISTA Project to begin summer 2018.

Funding for the OCDCA VISTA Project is provided by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), US Department of Agriculture (USDA) through the Rural Community Development Initiative (RCDI), and the Ohio Development Services Agency (ODSA) through the Ohio Housing Trust Fund (OHTF). Limited slots are available; therefore, this is a competitive process and some slots will be reserved for housing-only and rural-only initiatives.

This will be your only opportunity in 2018 to apply for OCDCA VISTA support.

If your organization is interested in becoming a sub-site of the OCDCA VISTA Project, please complete the RFP by 5 PM January 19, 2017.

For questions or technical assistance, please contact Melissa Miller at mmiller AT ohiocdc.org or by phone at 614-461-6392 ext. 209.

Need TA on the Application?

The “Is AmeriCorps VISTA Right for Your Organization?” webinar on December 13th will focus on AmeriCorps VISTA history and mission; the Ohio CDC Association’s AmeriCorps VISTA program goals; requirements of Ohio CDC Association AmeriCorps VISTAs sub-sites; and how to become a Ohio CDC Association AmeriCorps VISTA sub-site.

The “AmeriCorps VISTA RFP TA” webinar on January 16th will go through common errors in applications and what makes a great application. This is a great time to get all your RFP questions answered.