$75K grant to further community assessments

The Department of Community and Regional Planning has received a two-year award totaling $75,000 from the Woods Charitable Fund.

The award, part of $763,000 in grants distributed by the fund in its June grant cycle, supports the department’s continuing Community Assessment project. The collaborative project features students and neighborhood volunteers assessing neighborhoods. Through the assessments, the students and volunteers rank home conditions and collect data that helps neighborhood leaders develop strategic plans to improve problem areas.

The project includes collaborations between the university, neighborhoods, city government departments and NeighborWorks Lincoln. Six neighborhoods and more than 8,600 houses and lots have been analyzed. Project leaders plan to expand the project into four additional Lincoln neighborhoods in 2013-14.

Woods Charitable Fund makes grants three times a year to tax-exempt organizations seeking funding for Lincoln-focused programs. For more information, go to http://www.woodscharitable.org or call 402-436-5971.