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Building Neighborhood Capacity Program

About the Program
The Building Neighborhood Capacity Program (BNCP) was a federally funded neighborhood revitalization initiative that aimed to catalyze community-driven change in neighborhoods that have historically faced barriers to revitalization. BNCP focused 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 was informed by CSSP’s community capacity building framework.

BNCP Framework
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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 was 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. 

The BNCP Neighborhoods and Partners Worked to

Build Capacity, including a Community Process to Achieve Results
Neighborhood residents, local organizations and cross-sector partners worked to develop an inclusive process that moved participants from talk to action in support of achieving results for all residents, children and families.

Design and Implement “Learn By Doing” Projects
Residents and partners designed and implemented an action-learning projects to address neighborhood priorities, while helping to build new and strengthen existing community capacities.

Develop a Results-Focused Revitalization Plan
At the end of BNCP, neighborhoods had developed revitalization plans with results-focused strategies informed by data and local knowledge about how to realize participants’ vision for the future.

Archived Program Documents and Resources

These program documents were developed during the course of BNCP and are posted here for reference.

Working Tools

These resources were developed during the course of BNCP for informal use by sites.

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