These capacity building activities have been instituionalized into Illinois ResourceNet.Chi West ResourceNet, a project of the University of Illinois at Chicago Neighborhoods Initiative (UICNI), is funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Compassion Capital Fund and The Chicago Community Trust. It will provide capacity-building group training to up to 70 community-based and faith-based organizations located in seven Chicago communities: Pilsen, Near West Side, South Lawndale (Little Village), North Lawndale, East Garfield Park, West Garfield Park, and Humboldt Park. Within these 70 organizations, 35 will receive intensive one-on-one capacity building technical assistance - provided by seasoned professionals - in four critical areas: Leadership Development, Organizational Development, Program Development and Community Engagement. Each will develop a customized capacity building plan based on a detailed needs assessment. Up to 20 of these organizations will also receive a small grant award to fund specific aspects of their capacity building plan.
These capacity building activities are designed to increase participating organizations' sustainability and effectiveness, enhance their ability to provide social services, and create collaborations to better serve those most in need.
All participating organizations will agree to participate fully in ongoing training, workshops, and technical assistance, attend mandatory meetings, and complete monthly reporting requirements.
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