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Intermediary Support for Organizing Communities

National People's Action

  • Program Education
  • Program Area Building Organized Communities
  • Grant Amount $250,000
  • Grant Period April 1, 2003–March 31, 2004
  • 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

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 emerging community-based and neighborhood-development organizations.Funding will enable the center to provide grants, training and technical assistance to emerging community organizations in the Midwest. Its role as an intermediary is to identify emerging groups for support, administer a small grants program, coordinate the provision of grantee technical assistance, maintain program data and records, assist project evaluation activities and participate in network meetings. Funding includes a grant increase to develop additional resources for community organizations participating in the program.The National Training and Information Center, a participant in the program since 1980, is one of six intermediary organizations receiving grants as part of Mott’s 2003 ISO program.