The grant will help the communities to build partnerships and to continue their prosperity-building efforts, according to Doreen Hauser-Lindstrom, WSU Extension Horizons Project director.
“The funding will provide additional leadership training and support to increase the effectiveness and expand the asset and wealth building efforts that the 40 communities launched through their participation in the Horizons process,” she said.
The grant was part of a package of awards totaling $1.9 million to seven state universities recently approved by NWAF to expand the poverty-reduction work in 260 communities. The funds will support work such as:
- financial-literacy education for youth and adults
- business training
- leadership development
- public policy engagement
awareness and use of tax credits for low-income families
furthering community action plans
leveraging public and private funding
identifying resources communities can tap into to sustain their work.
More information about the program and a complete list of the 40 communities that have completed the Horizons process is at horizons.wsu.edu.