The 3-Year Plan + Infrastructure

C4’s 3-Year
Pilot Plan

As ongoing work, C4 will influence the Grand Rapids Master Planning process; connect individuals and organizations to available trainings; provide professional development for project coordinator, leadership team and ambassadors; foster connections to support job placement and workforce development; evaluate C4 performance and desired outcomes; facilitate cross- sector networking and collaboration.Community Based Climate Action and Adaptation Plan.

Ongoing Action Items
influence Grand Rapids’ new Community Master Plan
connect individuals and organizations to available trainings
foster connections to support job placement and workforce development
evaluate C4 performance and desired outcomes
facilitate cross-sector networking and collaboration (the C4 Hub)

provide professional development for project manager, ambassadors and Leadership Team members

July 2021 - June 2022

Contract Project Coordinator

Launch Leadership Team

Contract Ambassadors

Recruit Collaborative Partners

Map Resources

Create a Communications Strategy

Develop Website

July 2022 - June 2023

Support Cohort Campaigns and Mini-Grants
[In Beginning Phase]

Launch a Grant Support Platform

Create Storytelling Collection (See Climate Stories)

Lead Engagement for Development of a
Community Based Climate Action and Adaptation Plan [In Process]

Contract Ambassadors [In Process]

Recruit Collaborative Partners

Map Resources

Create A Communications Strategy

Develop Website

July 2023 - June 2024

Co-create a Community Climate Action and Adaptation Plan

Create a Long-Term Sustainability Plan for C4

Evaluate C4 Program
including Iterative Campaign Needs and Potential Redevelopment

Key Budget Items

The following is a breakdown of Key Budget Items over the first 3 years of C4, estimated at $900,000.

$55,000/year — Full-time Project Manager with benefits

$54,000/year — Community Ambassadors
$30,000/year — Leadership Team stipends
$32,500 over 3 years — Professional development for Manager, Leadership Team and Ambassadors
$35,000 over 3 years — Administration
$60,000 over 3 years — BIPOC specific events
$40,000 over 3 years —Widespread community events

$190,000 over 3 years — Equity, Climate Change and/or Environmental/Climate Justice training for individuals and organizations

$105,000 over 3 years — Mini-grants for Local Community Campaigns
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Individuals

Continuously developing leadership within the community will provide the opportunity for self-determination, small-scale campaigns, and increasing the amount of trained climate justice activists in Grand Rapids.

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Individuals offer their lived experience, connection to place, community knowledge. C4 offers funding, technical resources, access to leaders, and opportunities for shared leadership.

How It Will Get Done

Hire cohorts of 6-12 people every 6-12 months from neighborhoods of focus to receive training and organize a neighborhood campaign. Option to embed individuals into C4 partner organization

Organizational

Organizations will focus on prioritization of issues, deep listening, identification of gaps in the work, community goal setting, sharing knowledge, and fund distribution

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Participating organizations offer deep institutional and subject knowledge, already engaged stakeholders, and established networks. C4 offers mission alignment across networks, larger buy-in, resource hub, and personnel.
How It Will Get Done

Regular gatherings, commitment to values, regular reporting, scoring metrics for issues, committing to see/engage/act process in programming, commitment to transparency.

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The C4 Hub

The C4 will create and share resources, including Online resource, design charrettes, in-person meetings, training, resource sharing… stuff that generates learning.

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Individuals and organizations offer their lived experience, subject matter expertise, and access to their networks. Organization leaders need space for relationship building and resource-sharing. C4 offers to facilitate learning to review, organize, publish resources and trainings in accessible formats in alignment with set priorities, create space for learning, and facilitate network creation.

How It Will Get Done

Coordinator-directed, grant funded, housed virtually.

Programs and Resources

What We Do

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Experiences

Climate Stories

Four people planting tomatoes in a community garden box.
Connections

Connect with Us

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Resources

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