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.
• 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.
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 https://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
The 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.