Resource Library

Sustainability & Resource Development: Reviewing the Fundamentals

This webinar includes an introduction and overview of key elements of resource development and sustainability for new staff members and a thoughtful review for seasoned development staff. The National Community Action Partnership staff presenting will cover financing challenges, sustainability planning, grants, social enterprise, fee for service, and fundraising.

Solar Power in Rural Communities

The webinar discusses how Community Action can leverage solar energy to maximize impact in rural communities.

An Introduction to Creating a Social Enterprise

Learn what a social enterprise is, what types of social enterprises are currently operated by CAAs, where to obtain funding, potential obstacles and how to overcome them. This session is meant for those who are thinking about the possibility of creating a social enterprise, but haven’t established one yet.

How a Kitchen for Head Start Kids Can Become a Social Enterprise

Learn how operating a social enterprise can be the next step from activities your CAA is already doing. Hear how your CAA can use an asset you already have to generate an unrestricted source of income.

Proposed Changes in the Community Reinvestment Act What Would These Mean for Low Income Communities

The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency has proposed changes to the Community Reinvestment Act. Hear about these proposed changes, what they could mean for low-income communities, and how your organization can comment.

Food as an Economic Development Strategy Part II

Hear from North Coast Opportunities about their work as a food hub, why they chose to take on this program, and what the results have been.

Getting Started in CED: How a Michigan CAA Became Involved in a Tourism Development Project

Mid Michigan Community Action discusses their involvement in the renovation of an historic train depot in the town of Clare, how they raised money locally for the renovation, the tourism benefits from the project, and the benefits to the community.

The Basics of the Community Reinvestment Act: How It Can Benefit Your Community

Learn what the Community Reinvestment Act means for low-income communities, how your organization can participate in local CRA coalitions and about some proposed revisions that are currently being discussed.

Overview of Community Economic Development

This session provides an introduction to Community Economic Development and the variety of types of activities that Community Action Agencies have successfully implemented around the country. It also touches on why it’s important to consider CED and some of the benefits and challenges that are involved.

Community Loan Center: A Local Alternative to Payday Lending

Many low-income families are unable to obtain conventional credit and rely on payday and auto-title lenders for small loans that come with predatory interest rates. This session looks at an alternative working in 13 markets across three states that allows local nonprofit organizations to serve as the lender for fairly priced payday loan alternative program that is both sustainable and scalable. To date the Community Loan Center has provided more than 31,000 loans in and saved borrowers over $17 million compared to payday loans. This webinar highlights how your community action agency can bring the employer-based Community Loan Center to the communities you serve.

Assessing the Use of Debt Loans in Community Development Upsides and Downsides

Learn basic underwriting from experienced lenders who have financed many community development and related commercial projects. What types of projects and tenants can best withstand debt? Where are the best sources for obtaining debt? How much debt could I afford or will be limited to? These are some of the questions answered during this session.

What is the Office of Community Services Community Economic Development Program?

This session presents several CED projects funded with OCS-CED grants. Hear what works (and what has not worked) and how the funds could be used in many innovative ways. Learn how your project could benefit from this source of financing. The session provides insight into the funding RFP process and considerations on how you might get a proposal ready for a typical April RFP announcement.

Community Reinvestment Act: Can the Law Help Me Get Money for My Community Development Project

The session was presented by Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) banking regulators from the Federal Reserve, Office of the Comptroller of Currency, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and/or the Federal Home Loan Bank that either enforces CRA or provides financial institutions with assistance in meeting CRA goals. Hear what the regulations are, how they are measured, and how you can use this information to assist you and your organization with programs, services and projects. Also learn about new innovative programs sponsored by financial institutions or developed in partnership with community development organizations

Food and Kitchen Incubators: Creating Entrepreneurial Businesses

Through various examples, the session discusses the wide range of activities and opportunities for organizations interested in growing and expanding business opportunities for entrepreneurs while being able to bring healthy food options to communities in food deserts and those lacking opportunities to access healthy and fresh foods. Additionally, the programs and services noted above are areas and opportunities for organizations to fill gaps in the process of bringing food from the farm to the table. We discuss how these projects are funded and operated.


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