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ERIC Number: EJ827497
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Mar
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 14
ISSN: ISSN-0090-4392
Moving from Preconditions for Action to Developing a Cycle of Continued Social Change: Tapping the Potential of Mini-Grant Programs
Deacon, Zermarie; Foster-Fishman, Pennie; Mahaffey, Michael; Archer, Gretchen
Journal of Community Psychology, v37 n2 p148-155 Mar 2009
One way in which community-based initiatives have sought to overcome challenges to resident participation in neighborhood change processes is through the implementation of neighborhood mini-grant programs. However, the mechanisms by which these grants function and any related limitations have not yet been empirically evaluated. This paper seeks to close this gap in the literature. Findings from an evaluation of one mini-grant project are reported. Overall, it was found that mini-grants were successful at generating preconditions for action in targeted neighborhoods. However, sustained resident involvement in neighborhood change activities was only engendered by a small number of mini-grant projects. Recipients of these particularly impactful grants shared similar key characteristics. Implications for practice are discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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