Scholarships Available for New Partners for Smart Growth Conference

The Central Corridor Funders Collaborative has learned of a scholarship opportunity to attend the New Partners for Smart Growth Conference. Please see the message below from John Bailey with 1000 Friends of Minnesota.

Thanks to the generosity of The McKnight Foundation, 1000 Friends has a limited number of partial scholarships available for the New Partners for Smart Growth Conference in Charlotte, NC, February 3-5, 2011. From the caliber of the speakers to the diversity of the subject matter, New Partners is one of the most comprehensive conferences of its kind. If you are interested in applying for a scholarship, we have a simple webform to be completed by 5:00p.m. on Monday, January 3rd. Please forward this to anyone else you believe would be interested.

You can review the conference website to learn more about the program, sponsors, and special tours available this year. I am pasting below information about one daylong training on regional equity that will be of interest to many of us in the region: Achieving Equitable Development: Strategies to Empower Community Organizations.

As a follow up to the highly successful "Working Together for Equitable Development" workshop held in conjunction with the 2010 New Partners for Smart Growth Conference in Seattle, WA, this new daylong workshop will focus on capacity building within neighborhood and community based organizations to engage on growth and development issues in their neighborhoods, communities and regions.

Other workshops and trainings will focus on a broad array of issues from street design to green infrastructure to racial equity to framing and messaging, and much, much more. Whether you are an organizer, practitioner, or a policy wonk, there will be something for you. Review the program yourself.

Who should apply?
If your day-to-day efforts involve working to create a more sustainable and equitable region, you should consider applying. This would include community-based advocates, nonprofit leaders, and local government professionals. The scholarship program is a unique opportunity for many who could not otherwise attend a national conference; as such, 1000 Friends is committed to ensuring that our Twin Cities cohort is diverse by sector as well as by race.

How will this work?
1000 Friends has a limited number of partial scholarships available. (The final amount of funding available per scholarship will be based partly on the response, but will probably be in the range of $800 — $1000.) The most important step is to fill out this webform by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, January 3rd.

1000 Friends will announce the scholarship recipients and award amount on January 5th. Should you be selected, you will be responsible for making all of your own arrangements such as paying for travel, accommodations and conference costs. The conference website has all the information you need for those details. No need to send receipts for reimbursement. 1000 Friends will send you your scholarship check no more than two weeks after the conference.

What else is required?
As part of our local cohort, we will meet twice – once before and once after the conference. The goal is to discuss possible areas of focus for the conference, and to distill the lessons learned from the conference and how we might take those lessons and apply them here (or avoid the mistakes from other regions!). Your attendance at these meetings is a requirement of the scholarship.

On a personal note, I have attended the New Partners conference several times and have always found it richly informative, practical, and a lot of fun. If you have any questions or want additional information, please do not hesitate to send an email or call me at 651.312.1000 ext. 209.