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Request for Applications: Building Integrated Communities (BIC) Local Government Partnerships

Request for Applications:
Building Integrated Communities (BIC) Local Government Partnerships

DEADLINE EXTENDED TO FEB. 9, 2017

The Latino Migration Project at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill invites local governments in North Carolina to join the statewide Building Integrated Communities (BIC) initiative.

Building Integrated Communities (BIC) is a multi-year community planning process that helps North Carolina local governments to successfully engage with local foreign-born, refugee, and Hispanic/Latinx residents to improve relationships, enhance communication, and promote economic development.
In February, 2017, BIC will select two local governments as its newest partners for a two year project period starting in the spring of 2017. All towns, cities, and counties in NC are eligible to apply.

To apply, download the application 2017 Application for Local Governments or access it online: http://bit.ly/2gIjw1I

Submission Deadline: 5:00 PM Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017
Prospective Applicant Webinar Meeting: 12:00 PM Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016

Access webinar slides here.

The BIC initiative also offers consulting services to local governments, community organizations, and businesses.

The 2017 schedule for application review and determination have also changed accordingly, as follows:

Applicant Site Visits/Conferences: February 13 – February 24
Applicant Notification: February 27 – March 3

More about Building Integrated Communities (BIC)

BIC facilitates newcomers’ civic engagement and leadership in local governments and promotes the educational and economic advancement of increasingly diverse communities. Our methods include multi-sector stakeholder collaboration in processes such as participatory community assessment and consensus-based action planning. Since 2010, BIC has partnered with the cities of Greenville, High Point, Winston-Salem, and Sanford to create and implement four citywide action plans for immigrant integration, the first such plans in the South.

Above: City of Sanford Mayor Chet Mann awards the Building Integrated Communities team a key to the city.

Above: City of Sanford Mayor Chet Mann awards the Building Integrated Communities team a key to the city.

As one example of a successful initiative, the Sanford City Council and Lee County Commissioners recently, and unanimously, endorsed a comprehensive action plan proposed by the Sanford BIC Planning Committee (2014-2017) to advance communication, improve public transportation, and support Hispanic/Latinx leadership and engagement in local government. You can read more about the Sanford BIC successes at migration.unc.edu/2016/10/20/sanfordbic/; the Sanford BIC community assessment report is also available in English and Spanish at migration.unc.edu/programs/bic/reports-and-resources/.

To learn more about past BIC partnerships, visit http://migration.unc.edu/programs/bic/

For questions about the webinar, application, and general BIC initiative, please contact Jessica White, BIC Researcher and Coordinator, JL4@email.unc.edu, 919 962-2414

BICThe Latino Migration Project is a collaborative program of the Institute for the Study of the Americas and the Center for Global Initiatives at UNC Chapel Hill.
The program is supported by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation.