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New Grant Opportunity for Community Revitalization Programs

  Choice Neighborhoods support comprehensive community revitalization by focusing on housing, people and neighborhoods. Planning grants of up to $500,000 are available to Public Housing Authorities (PHAs), local governments, nonprofits, and for-profit developers that apply jointly. Grantees are asked to develop a Transformation Plan to guide the revitalization of public and/or assisted housing units and the transformation of the surrounding neighborhood and positive outcomes for families. Applications are due May 28, 2013.  The Notice of Funding Availability and application package from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development are available here. Transform Consulting Group is available to support your efforts at all levels to strategize, develop, edit and submit successful grant proposals: Create a comprehensive fund development plan. Develop

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New Partnership with AmeriCorps to Support School Turnaround

  At the end of February, the U.S. Department of Education and the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) announced a new competitive AmeriCorps grant program to support school turnaround efforts. It will provide $15 million in public funds over three years to reinforce and accelerate intervention efforts in the nation’s lowest-performing schools. The new School Turnaround AmeriCorps program will support AmeriCorps members placed in persistently underachieving schools. Through this collaborative effort, they seek to increase student academic achievement, attendance and high school graduation rates, and college and career readiness in those schools. An initial investment of $15 million will support three years of the program. The School Turnaround AmeriCorps program will target the schools participating in the federal

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Begin with the End in Mind

  I am sure that you have heard of the quote by Yogi Berra, “If you don’t know where you are going, how are you going to know when you get there?” Why begin with the end in mind? Spending some time to think about your long-term goals – what you hope to accomplish in three, five or ten years – will pay off exponentially in the impact that you will have. While your leadership team and board members can often be eager to jump right into program and strategy development, a results-setting process helps organizations be more deliberate and strategic moving forward. When we talk about results, we are talking about the change that your organization wants to make

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Welcome to the Ripple Effect News

  Greetings! Welcome to the Ripple Effect News produced by Transform Consulting Group. At Transform, we believe in the ripple effect that one organization or individual can have on others. We are privileged to work with clients that are making a difference in the lives of children, families, schools and communities. Through the blog, we hope to provide relevant, timely and meaningful information to grow your impact. We will include industry news, best practices, funding opportunity announcements, information from our team of professionals, client news and other updates. We invite you to keep up with us and hope that you’ll find all we share helpful in your endeavors. Have a question about our consulting services or a related topic? Email

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