Open Programs

Open Programs

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 will receive $24,000 in funding over two 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.

We will begin to accept applications on a rolling basis starting February 1, 2023