On behalf of our client community development agencies, CUP identifies, monitors and applies for public and private sector funding opportunities.
The CUP has set out to change the paradigm for how community development entities demonstrate value, compete for, and more effectively use, resources. In the larger fund development picture, we pursue policy opportunities to integrate existing and/or emerging funding streams for holistic and regional approaches to neighborhood revitalization. We help to aggregate talent, knowledge and dollars, integrate leadership across multiple sectors, and drive private markets to work on behalf of low-income people. Fundamentally, we work to redirect funding streams away from obsolete approaches to new, innovative solutions.
Consistent with our Strategic Goals, we mobilize banks, CDFI’s, private equity firms, venture capitalists, philanthropic foundations, corporate sponsorships and government funding to help link our partners and those they serve with loans and lines of credit, grants and recoverable grants, and investments to help community developers and other partners revitalize their neighborhoods. Specifically, community projects and programs may include, but not be limited to:
· Small business planning, management, marketing and financing assistance
· Economic development projects for retail and commercial buildings
· Financial literacy programs
· For-sale and rental housing
· Community facilities, such as charter schools and child care centers
· Science, technology, engineering and mathematics programs for youth
· Community information and technology resources
· Job and life skills training programs for ex-offenders
· Institutional Arts and Entertainment venues