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May 2, 2012

St. Louis Community Builders


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The St. Louis Community Builders Exchange is a partnership between the Community Builders Network of Metro St. Louis, the St. Louis Home Repair Network, and the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis to bring you quality up-to-date community development information. Look for the St. Louis Community Builders Exchange every other Wednesday morning!

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St. Louis
  • Trailnet Seeks Communities for Bicycle and Pedestrian Planning- Trailnet is seeking communities in St. Louis, St. Charles, Jefferson, and Franklin Counties to partner with in the creation of bicycle and pedestrian plans. View full information here.
  • Old North St. Louis Home Dedication Celebration- Habitat for Humanity will be holding their Old North St. Louis Home Dedication Celebration on Thursday, May 10th, 4:00 PM. The event will take place at 1400 North Market (the soutwest corner of North Market 7 N. 14th). Parking will be available at Webster Middle School, 2127 N. 11th Sreet, St. Louis, MO 63106.
  • Old North House & Community Tour and Homegrown Street Festival- The tour will take place on Saturday, May 19, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM, starting at N. 14th Street and St. Louis Avenue (across the street from Crown Candy Kitchen).  The annual tour highlighting Old North's architectural character, lush gardens, and the warmth of the community will once again be paired with the Old North HomeGrown Street Festival which puts the spotlight on locally produced crafts, foods, goods, services, and music. View full event information here.
  • Local Organizations participate in "Big Day of Serving" at College Hill- On April 21st more than 500 youth and adults converged in College Hill to participate in the” Big Day of Serving”.  Several organizations including, Humanitri, Lutheran Housing Support, Grace Hill, Wells Fargo, Washington University, Saint Louis University and many more partnered with the residents to clean up the neighborhood. Read full story here.
  • Romney Might Eliminate HUD- At a recent private fundraiser in Florida, presidential candidate Mitt Romney hinted at the possibility that he might eliminate the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Read full story here.
  • Together for Tomorrow School Improvement Challenge- The Obama Administration has announced a new School Improvement Challenge for the academic year 2012-2013. The Challenge is an opportunity for schools and districts, institutions of higher education, and nonprofit organizations to join with other partners in efforts to improve their neediest schools by raising key measurable student outcomes: Attendance, Behavior, Course performance and College access, known as the ABCs. Read more here.

Training and Workshops

  • UMSL Fundraising Institute Early Registration- Early registration ends May 15th for the Nonprofit Management & Leadership Program's annual Fundraising Institute which has trained hundreds of development officers, staff and volunteers from around the region and across the state over the last decade. The Fundraising Institute provides the most up-to-date information on current fundraising practices and ideas. Click here for more information.
  • St. Louis City's Sustainability Summit II- The City of St. Louis is conducting three Community workshops in conjunction with East-West Gateway Council of Governments, FOCUS St. Louis, and 10 other regional partners who are working collaboratively in an effort to coordinate housing, transportation, environmental and economic development planning across the St. Louis metropolitan area. The workshops will be held on the 8th, 9th and 10th of May. Click here for additional information and registration. Check East-West Gateway's website to learn more about this regional collaborative initiative.

Conferences and Seminars 

  • Job Creation for Minority Small Businesses- Justine Petersen and Midwest bank Centre to hold panel May 7 on innovative ways lending institutions can support small businesses. For more information click here.
  • 2013 Smart Growth Conference Seeks Papers and National Conversation- Join the Smart Growth Network (SGN) in the first national conversation about how neighborhoods and regions could be planned, designed, and developed to meet the needs of current and future generations. For more information click here.

Funding Opportunities

  • Challenge America Fast Track Grants- The Challenge America Fast-Track category offers support primarily to small and mid-sized organizations for projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations -- those whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics, or disability. Grants are available for professional arts programming and for projects that emphasize the potential of the arts in community development. The grants are $10,000 and require a minimum of $10,000 match. The application deadline is May 24, 2012. click here for more details.
  • 2012 Metlife Foundation Awards For Excellence in Affordable Housing- Enterprise and Metlife Foundation are accepting applications for 2012 Foundation Awards for Excellence in Affordable Housing. The award consists of four unrestricted grants that will be awarded to exceptional green, senior housing properties with services. Application deadline is May 23, 2012. Find full award information here.
  • 2012 Promise Neighborhood Grants- The Department of Education has announced the latest round of Promise Neighborhoods applications, which will include both planning and implementation grants. The Department expects to distribute 15 planning grants worth up to $500,000 each, and 5-7 implementation grants worth $4 to $6 million each. The deadline for Notices of Intent To Apply is June 8, and full applications are due on July 27.
  • Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation Program- The U.S. Department of Justice has announced that is opened the application process for the Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation Program. As part of the Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative, this fund is designed to support “community-oriented strategies to address neighborhood-level crime issues.” Applications are due June 7. Find more info here.
  • Community Economic Development Grants- For the fiscal year of 2012, the Department of Health and Human Services will provide approximately $27 million in grants to Community Development Corporations (CDCs) for projects designed to address the economic needs of low-income individuals and families through the creation of employment and business opportunities. Applications are due June 5, 2012. Find more details here.
  • IRS Seeking Applicants for Volunteer Tax Assistance Program Grants- The Internal Revenue Service is accepting applications for the Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) and Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) grant programs, which will allow some organizations to apply for annual funding for up to three years. Applications will be accepted only through May 1 through May 31, 2012. Click here for more details.
  • Missouri Neighborhood Assistance Program (NAP)- NAP provides assistance through tax credits to community-based organizations that enables them to implement community or neighborhood projects in the areas of community service, education, crime prevention, job training and physical revitalization. View the 2013 application or for general informaiton click here.

Job Opportunities

  • Angel Baked Hiring New Program Director- Applicant must be 16-18 years old, enrolled in high school or high school equivalency program and a resident of St. Louis City. Compensation is 7.50/hour. Application deadline is June 15. View Application.
  • Senior State and Local Policy Manager- The Corporation for Enterprise Development (CFED) is seeking a Senior State & Local Policy Manager who will manage the development of state policy resource guides and support the emerging Assets & Opportunity Network. The position requires a mix of talents related to policy research, writing, project management, event planning, technical assistance, peer learning facilitation, and oral presentations to a range of audiences. See more details here.
  • Director: Department of Planning and Development- The City of Webster Groves is accepting applications for Director - Department of Planning and Development. This position works under the general direction of the City Manager. Responsible for overseeing and providing technical direction to Department staff for City planning, building permits and inspections, and property maintenance code enforcement as set forth in relevant City Charter Provisions, Building and Housing Codes and departmental goals and objectives. Application deadline is May 8. The estimated starting salary range for position is $70,792-$84,950. Find more details here.


  • New Study Shows 1 in 10 Children Affected by Foreclosure- A recent report released by First Focus Reveals that about 1 in 10 children are directly affected by foreclosure. This means that 8 million children have been affected, 2.3 million of which have already lost their homes, 3 million are at risk of losing their homes soon, and an additional 3 million have either faced eviction or may face eviction from foreclosed rental properties. This is the first report to quantitatively assess the effect of foreclosure on children living in rental units. Read full report here.
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