Building Neighborhood Capacity Program
About the Program
The Building Neighborhood Capacity Program (BNCP) seeks to catalyze community-driven change in neighborhoods that have historically faced barriers to revitalization. BNCP focuses on building community capacity: the knowledge, skills, relationships, processes and resources that neighborhood residents, local organizations and cross-sector partners need to work together to achieve better results in public safety, education, housing, employment and other key areas. The program design is informed by CSSP’s community capacity building framework.
A key program of the federal Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative, BNCP was launched in August 2012 to provide resources and targeted technical assistance to eight neighborhoods in four cities – Flint, MI; Fresno, CA; Memphis, TN; and Milwaukee, WI. In October 2014, the program was expanded, providing each city with two years of additional support to expand to a third neighborhood and develop a city-wide strategy to sustain revitalization efforts. The program is funded by the U.S. Departments of Education, Health and Human Services, Housing and Urban Development and Justice and supported by technical assistance (TA) from the Center for the Study of Social Policy. In addition to providing direct TA to BNCP sites, CSSP manages the Building Neighborhood Capacity Resource Center.
The BNCP Neighborhoods and Partners Work to:
Build Capacity, including a Community Process to Achieve Results
Neighborhood residents, local organizations and cross-sector partners work to develop an inclusive process that moves participants from talk to action in support of achieving results for all residents, children and families.
Design and Implement a “Learn By Doing” Project
Residents and partners design and implement an action-learning project to address a neighborhood priority, while helping to build new and strengthen existing community capacities.
Develop a Results-Focused Revitalization Plan
At the end of BNCP, neighborhoods will have developed a revitalization plan with results-focused strategies informed by data and local knowledge about how to realize participants’ vision for the future.
Available for any community interested in learning more about community capacity and provides access to tools, resources and best practices that can spark positive and sustainable community change.