Open Programs

Open Programs

Local Government Language Access Collaborative

January 2023-January 2024

New program! The 2023 Local Government Language Access Collaborative is a one-year interactive course designed to build capacity for North Carolina local governments to communicate with residents in community languages. All local government applicants are required to partner with a community-based organization (501c3) to form a team of participants. Each community-based organization partnering with a local government will receive compensation of $2,500 for staff participation.

During the course, each team will be guided through a process that includes:

learning about promising practices from immigrant leaders & practitioners;
conducting an internal language capacity assessment;
writing up a language access plan for local government;
implementing at least one recommendation from the language access plan.

Upon completion of the course and course requirements, local governments and community partner teams will be eligible for up to $25,000 of seed funding to implement language access plans in 2024.

This program is supported by the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation.

Applications are due October 1, 2022

Building Integrated Communities Partnership

Spring 2023 – Spring 2025

Building Integrated Communities Partnerships support North Carolina local governments to expand community equity through practices and policies that are inclusive of residents born in other countries. Building Integrated Communities (BIC) Partnerships bring together local government and community stakeholder teams to create and implement plans to improve communication, public safety, mobility, entrepreneurship, and leadership of immigrant and refugee residents. Read about past BIC partnerships here.

A BIC community partnership involves:

bilingual participatory assessment of local demographics, resources, experiences, and challenges;
leadership development and capacity building to enhance residents’ knowledge of local government functions;
consensus-based strategies to strengthen relationships, address community-identified issues, and support residents’ civic engagement and leadership in local government.

Local governments and community partner teams receive $24,000 in funding over three years during the planning process. Upon completion of program, participants are eligible for further funding to implement plans.

This program is supported by the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation and the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation.

Applications are due December 1, 2022