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Community Building Program - Program Services

Chelsea Neighborhood Developers Earth Day 'Cleaner Chelsea' CampaignMembership Program
NeighborWorks affiliates are committed to resident leadership development, community building, and supporting or creating resident-led groups that work toward community improvements. They have dedicated staff or volunteers assigned to this work, a work plan, and strategies for excelling in this work.

Member organizations have access to specialized grants and technical assistance geared towards strengthening their community building work, opportunities for peer sharing with other members, and other timely information and resources.

Impact Grants: The purpose of these grants is to deepen the impact of community building work.  Grants are available on a competitive basis to members only.

Peer to Peer Learning Opportunities: The purpose of peer learning site visits is to facilitate adoption of impactful practices in community building and resident leadership development across the NeighborWorks network.

Green initiatives: Through grants, training and application of new tools, this opportunity will assist selected member organizations to strengthen current green programming in the following ways:

  • Increase opportunities for community residents to build their leadership;
  • Build upon local assets, resources, materials, history and culture;
  • Connect fractured communities and develop social capital;
  • Recognize how their green activities connect to regional systems.

Supporting communities in the Gulf Coast
The community building programs support a small number of community-based organizations in the Gulf Coast in order to strengthen resident voice in the community development process. This support is provided through regional training events, and limited grants and technical assistance.


For more information on our community building programs, please contact Sara Varela at or (617) 585-2250.
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