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We’re excited to announce the launch of our Coal Communities Get Ready! Challenge! We know that communities have visionary ideas for growing and transforming their local economies, but often need targeted support to be ready to apply for and manage the federal funding that can bring these ideas to scale.

With historic levels of funding available across a range of federal agencies, the opportunity to leverage federal funding to strengthen local economies has never been greater. But this funding is often difficult for resource-constrained organizations and localities to access. Moreover, communities are at different strategies of readiness to apply.

Through our Coal Communities Get Ready! Challenge, as part of our Federal Access Center, we will identify a cohort of 8-10 organizations that are building readiness to apply for federal funds. We’re looking for organizations working to create equitable and inclusive local economies through community economic development strategies and workforce programs. And we’re looking for model projects that are generalizable and replicable. 

This opportunity is designed for organizations with little experience applying for federal funds and that are in early stages of developing their projects. Awardees will receive 1) one-year grants of $150,000 and 2) customized technical assistance that will together help build readiness to apply for and manage federal funding within approximately one year. We will also create opportunities for peer learning and exchange for the cohort members. 

Please see details here, and please share this opportunity with your networks!

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