BY KAYCIE STUSHEK, COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT NETWORK COORDINATOR, THE HUB
When I’m chatting with community members who are interested in applying to the Blueprint Communities program, I hear the same challenges coming up again and again:
- How do I create a better sense of focus for the direction my community is heading in?
- How do I help my fellow community members unite and turn ideas into actionable steps?
- How do I connect to the training and resources needed to complete projects?
My answer to all of these questions is: yes, we can help. Blueprint Communities is a perfect program to address these types of challenges.
If these challenges sound like what you’re facing in your community, take a giant leap toward making a difference, and apply to participate in the Blueprint Communities program.
We have extended the deadline to apply to January 21 at 5pm.
The first steps are to connect with other change-makers in your community, learn about eligibility and benefits, and check out the application:
Funded by FHLBank Pittsburgh and administered through our team here at the WV Community Development Hub, Blueprint Communities will support West Virginians in developing a strong local vision that inspires a collaborative, prioritized plan of action that has the potential to encourage investments by public and private funders.
Blueprint Communities will use a team approach to creating positive trajectories for West Virginian towns, bringing together change-makers in the community, and connecting them to the organizational and technical resources needed to achieve the plan of action they create together.
Past participants have used the collaborative groups and connections to form nonprofits and local development authorities to create lasting efforts. Participants have also used their final work to showcase the opportunities available in their community, leading to public and private investment in projects and plans.
In short – these groups are getting things done, and you can too.
Contact me, Kaycie Stushek, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 715-347-3511 with any thoughts or questions.
I look forward to hearing from you!
“Blueprint Communities” is a registered service mark of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Pittsburgh.