Strong nonprofits and leaders are vital to healthy communities and civic infrastructure. Nonprofits provide essential services and are critical contributors to identifying neighborhood-level needs and addressing challenges. The ultimate goal of this project is to strengthen South Side nonprofit community organizations and leaders through increased capacity building, technical assistance, and coordination of other University resources.
The Community Programs Accelerator provides direct grant funding, implements four levels of capacity building technical assistance, and facilitates access to a range of University resources to contribute to community-based efforts to achieve its ultimate goal. This work aims to build the organizational resilience, programmatic strength, and capacity of community-based nonprofits and leaders who are implementing and innovating community programs serving the South Side.