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Intermediary Support for Organizing Communities

National People's Action

  • Program Education
  • Program Area Building Organized Communities
  • Grant Amount $251,000
  • Grant Period April 1, 2006–May 31, 2007
  • Location Chicago, IL, United States
  • Geographic Focus Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Wisconsin

About this grant

This grant will enable the National Training and Information Center to continue providing seed grants and technical assistance to emerging community-based organizations serving low-income neighborhoods in the Midwest. 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 Mott Foundation’s 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.The center has been a participant in the program since 1980 and is one of five intermediary organizations receiving grants as part of Mott’s 2006 ISO program.