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Intermediary Support for Organizing Communities

Community Training and Assistance Center

  • Program Education
  • Program Area Building Organized Communities
  • Grant Amount $250,000
  • Grant Period May 1, 2005–April 30, 2006
  • Location Boston, MA, United States
  • Geographic Focus Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont

About this grant

This grant will enable the Community Training and Assistance Center to continue providing seed grants and technical assistance to emerging community-based organizations serving low-income neighborhoods. The Intermediary Support for Organizing Communities (ISO) program was established in 1979 to increase citizen participation in democratic processes, especially in low-income communities. Since then, it has evolved into a community-organizing strategy that seeks to build and strengthen the institutional capacity of neighborhood-development organizations.Funding will support the center’s work in the Northeast. Its role as an intermediary is to identify emerging groups for support, administer a small grants program, coordinate grantee technical assistance, organize grantee meetings, maintain program data and records, assist with project evaluation activities, and participate in network meetings.The center has been a participant in the program since 1984 and is one of six intermediary organizations receiving grants as part of Mott’s 2005 ISO program.