Letter of Inquiry Form: Community Innovation Labs
If you're interested in bringing a Community Innovation Lab to your community, please fill out this brief form no later than April 11th. We are currently responding to inquiries, so we encourage you to reach out as soon as possible.
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If you have any questions about the Labs, contact Karina Mangu-Ward at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What community are you reaching out from?
What organization or agency are you a part of (if applicable)?
What's your role/title (if applicable)?
Letters of inquiry will ideally be jointly submitted from a coordinated group of two to three local stakeholders or organizations. Which other organization(s) are partnering with you on this inquiry (if applicable)?
1. IDENTIFYING THE PROBLEM
What complex social challenge in your community would be a good fit to explore in a Community Innovation Lab – one that has resisted traditional planning, needs a systemic approach, requires the involvement of multiple stakeholders, and where the arts can play a vital role?
2. WORKING COLLABORATIVELY
What community efforts, initiatives, and networks are already underway related to this challenge that the Lab might build on? What momentum exists for this work?
3. BUILDING THE TEAM: CONVENERS
What community stakeholders might be involved in this effort as Conveners? Who is already committed?
Note: Conveners are 2-3 organizations/entities that are well-positioned to help to design Lab activities, raise community funds for a matching grant, and provide logistical support. Examples include: arts councils, city departments, academic institutions, community development organizations, and community foundations.
4. BUILDING THE TEAM: CHAMPIONS
What community stakeholders from a range of sectors and backgrounds might be involved in this effort as Champions? Who is already committed?
Note: Champions are a group of up to 10 individuals who will offer diverse perspectives on your specific complex challenge. This group will likely include representatives from institutions and organizations historically empowered by the system as well as representatives from informal networks and groups who have been traditionally disempowered.
5. RESOURCING INNOVATION
The Community Innovation Lab program requires a community matching grant of $100,000 to support hard costs associated with the Lab (catering, local facilitator fees, research, etc) plus part-time project support to coordinate the Lab locally. Where might these matching funds come from? Do you have any financial commitments already in place to support this work?
6. OPTIONAL: If applicable, please feel free to upload a letter of support here from a funder indicating their willingness to support your participation in the Community Innovation Lab program.
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