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Announcing the 2014 Neighborhood Leadership Program of The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven

The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven 2014 Neighborhood Leadership Program is an eight month training and grant program that supports community leaders in imagining, testing, developing, and realizing projects which build community and provide positive outcomes in New Haven neighborhoods.

Who should apply?

If you are a resident of New Haven (or contiguous towns) who has demonstrated commitment to making a positive difference through resident engagement, and if you are eager to build skills, develop your capacity to increase your impact, and engage with other leaders in learning, practice, and project execution, you should apply to this program.

You will learn the skills and practices of:

  • appreciating and using your personal strengths and core values
  • building relational culture in your community and with other leaders
  • understanding the resources and challenges involved in creating the community you want
  • creating and using a group of allies to support you in your work
  • designing and implementing a pilot project that will positively impact your community
  • learning from your pilot how to modify or scale up your project
  • developing and managing the human and material resources you need to produce effective positive impact

What’s required of you?

  • Participation in 3 eight-hour training sessions: 4 hours Friday evening and 4 hours Saturday morning on April 25-26, July 18-19, and September 12-13, 2014
  • An estimated 10 hours per month: 2 hours per week on building relational culture and 3 two-hour small group and coaching sessions after each training
  • Plan, carry out, and evaluate a pilot project
  • Plan and seek local resources to help support a your second project based on your experience with the pilot project; the second project could be one that grows your pilot project to a bigger scale, a new project in a new community or a collaboration with another leader you have met in the leadership program. 

What’s provided?

  • Meals and parking/transit assistance at training sessions
  • Up to $500 in expenses for pilot project; another $500 for your second project upon successful completion of the leadership program
  • Up to $2000 additional in 2:1 match (The Community Foundation will contribute $2 for every $1 you receive in donations of money or items). You must provide receipts and a narrative report explaining how you used the money you receive from The Community Foundation within 30 days of the end of your project.

Applications and logistics

  • If you are ready to apply, download the application here. This is a Microsoft Word document. Please download the document to your computer and complete the form. You can return your application, ask for the form via email or get answers to most questions by writing to Jermell Smart:
  • Applications are due by Noon on Monday February 24, 2014. 
  • A group interview is required. You will be able to see and hear other program applicants. The interviews will be at the Grove, 760 Chapel Street, New Haven.
  • Selection of participants will be completed by March 28, 2014.
  • All training (see  schedule above) will take place at the Grove, 760 Chapel St., New Haven.

For further information contact:  Jermell Smart at or at 203-777-7084.


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