Bend 2030 and Opportunity Knocks are launching an exciting new program called the Civic Equity Project, a two-year program supporting under-represented organizations to participate in civic dialogue and decision-making in Bend.
This project was recently funded with a $100,000 grant from the Meyer Memorial Trust, a Portland-based foundation supporting equity-advancement projects in Oregon.
Now, Bend 2030 and Opportunity Knocks are seeking applications from groups wishing to join the program, as well as proposals from organizational development specialists with experience in project management to help lead this valuable project.
Applications are due April 14.
RFPs are due April 7.
ABOUT THE PROGRAM
The Civic Equity Project brings together Bend 2030, Opportunity Knocks and an organizational development specialist to create a cohort of a roughly a dozen organizations working with under-represented populations in Bend, whose voices are often missing from important decision-making conversations.
Neighborhood associations, non-profits and community groups who are working with vulnerable or under-represented populations in Bend such as low-income populations, seniors, veterans, Latino families, LGBTQ and people with disabilities are all encouraged to apply to join the cohort.
Cohort organizations will receive a number of core benefits through the Civic Equity Project:
- Two full years of direct and robust needs-based organizational development coaching, focused on strategic planning, leadership development, outreach and communications, fundraising and long-term organizational sustainability designed to provide a major boost to the success of participating groups
- A professionally facilitated peer-support group through Opportunity Knocks that will meet monthly to offer an environment where leaders can share struggles, celebrate successes and build their confidence to engage more fully in civic decision-making
- Advocacy trainings and hands-on experience in civic dialogue and policy development through Bend 2030’s existing housing and transportation projects
- Support in creating a two-year strategic advocacy plan for your organization
- Transportation and childcare costs will be provided through the program allowing low-income participants more flexibility to join
Community members and groups who are not engaged in the cohort are also welcome to attend Civic Equity Project trainings, which will offer organizational development skill-building and political advocacy curriculum. A full schedule of these trainings will be released later this spring.
The entire project kicks off with an open house on April 24. The project will run through April 2019.
This project is the next step building on Bend 2030’s recent neighborhood association capacity-building project, which revealed that NAs were unable to dramacally influence policy because of internal organizaonal challenges.
Assessments showed that only 27% of Bend’s eleven active Neighborhood Associations reported feeling that the city has been responsive to their requests, and over 55% requested support with basic capacities such as technology, board recruitment and succession planning (1).
Through its direct connecon to city policy-making and key sector leaders, this project will also channel input from priority populations directly to Bend’s City Council and key leaders.
Questions? Contact Bend 2030 Executive Director Erin Foote Morgan at firstname.lastname@example.org.