Capacity

The ability to shape the future

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Capacity, or the ability to move a community work forward, is required for community building. Increasing capacity can take the form of acquiring a new skill set, using data for decision making, having the right people power, or expanding access to funding. 

By increasing capacity, rural communities increase their power to shape their future.

Examples: 

  • Organize just-in-time learning: Learn a new skill at just the right time. This effort may include targeted trainings, workshops, forums or learning exchanges that will help the community take action.  
  • Branch out: Bring new and diverse leadership and participants into a project or effort. This effort may include planning for succession or encompassing more sectors. 
  • Access expertise: Engage local and/or external expertise to facilitate, coordinate or coach community-building efforts. 
  • Use data and stories as learning and working tools: Assess, collect and interpret the data and stories needed to make well-informed decisions, monitor progress, be responsive to new conditions and document your journey.   

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

COMMUNITY BUILDING GRANTS » Grant application by invitation
TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE GRANTS » OPEN

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