Hyper-local investment essential for community survival through crisis

Hyper-local investment essential for community survival through crisis

Investing in hyper-local community-based organizations is critical to ensuring that communities that have been historically excluded from power have the infrastructure, networks, and resources to weather crises such as the COVID-19 pandemic, a report from the Kresge Foundation finds. The report, Hyper-local investment essential for community survival through crisis (13 pages, PDF), highlights lesson learned by the foundation's Fresh, Local and Equitable (FreshLo) Initiative — which works to improve local access to healthy food, support entrepreneurship, spur economic development, and integrate the arts and creative placemaking — as it pivoted to address the impacts of the public health emergency. According to the report, the initiative's strategic investments over the last five years in place-based participatory governance protocols were essential in helping organizations adapt quickly to meet emerging needs. The report's authors note that such hyper-local investments should be designed to center residents with respect to leadership, planning, and implementation; provide long-term support; and strengthen the cultural fabric of neighborhoods — especially through art and food, which create a sense of place and community. 

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