The Center for Community Progress believes that having resident leaders, public servants, and nonprofit representatives attend the Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference is crucial to the success of community redevelopment. However, we understand that registration costs are out of reach for many of these individuals whose commitment to vacant property reclamation would be strengthened by attending the conference.

Community Progress’ RVP scholarships provide access to our conference to individuals who would greatly benefit, but who need financial support to attend. The scholarship covers registration for conference activities from September 7–September 9, 2022. Applicants traveling from outside the Chicago region may apply for coverage of two nights of hotel accommodations. The scholarship does not cover travel expenses (e.g. airfare, mileage, ground transportation).

We are committed to ensuring that RVP, as well as all of our programs and activities, reflects the diversity of the communities that we serve. Community Progress therefore encourages qualified applicants of all races, ethnicities, and genders that share this commitment to diversity to apply. A limited number of scholarships will be made available.

PROGRAM ELIGIBILITY
Eligible applicants are resident leaders and representatives from public agencies and the nonprofit community who serve communities with an urgent need to address the negative impacts of vacant, abandoned, and deteriorated properties, centering communities of color that are disproportionally impacted by public health, housing, and economic crises. Individuals who have received scholarship awards for a previous RVP conference are not eligible.

SELECTION CRITERIA
• Scholarship applications will be reviewed by Center for Community Progress staff and selected based on the following criteria:
• Demonstrated commitment to serving communities of color with widespread vacancy and abandonment that have been disproportionally impacted by public health, housing, and economic crises
• Demonstrated commitment to racial equity
• Demonstrated financial need
• Geographic diversity
• Additional consideration may be given to those applicants who demonstrate how their lived experience in neighborhoods impacted by vacancy and abandonment has inspired their work in the field of community development.
 
IMPORTANT DATES
July 15, 2022                     Application deadline (11:59pm ET)
July 29, 2022                    Scholarship recipients notified via email

For questions regarding the scholarship program please contact Courtney Knox at cknox@communityprogress.org.
General Information

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* 1. First Name:

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* 2. Last Name:

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* 3. Organization:

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* 4. Job Title:

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* 5. Street Address:

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* 6. City:

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* 7. State:

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* 8. Zipcode

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* 9. Daytime Phone:

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* 10. Email Address: 

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* 11. I would be attending this conference as a representative of a:

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* 12. My role in the organization I’m representing is:

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* 13. The mission of the organization is: (essay box)

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* 14. Briefly describe your role in the organization, community group, or program with which you are involved.

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* 15. The organization’s operating budget or the department’s budget is:

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* 16. I am applying for a scholarship award to cover the following (check the appropriate box):

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* 17. I am currently a student (Students will be required to show a student ID at registration)

If you are a student, please answer the following questions:

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* 18. School Name

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* 19. School City/State

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* 20. Program Major and Degree Type (Bachelors, Masters, etc.)

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* 21. Expected Graduation Date

Narrative Questions

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* 22. Describe the community in which you serve. Include the population, the racial makeup, the scope of vacant, abandoned, and deteriorated, and the impacts from public health, housing, and economic crises. (200-word limit)

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* 23. Briefly describe what inspires you to dedicate your time and expertise to the field of community development. (200-word limit)

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* 24. What projects or advocacy work have you been involved with that have focused on revitalizing the community in which you serve? How does that work connect to advancing racial equity? (200-word limit)

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* 25. Briefly describe your financial need for this scholarship. (250-word limit)

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* 26. What do you hope to gain by participating in the Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference? Include how you hope to share what you learn at the conference with others in your community. (200-word limit)

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