Phase 1: Establishing your CLT

Community Organizing & Developing Guiding Principles

September 14, 2023 6 – 8 PM (Eastern)

This interactive workshop covers early steps in organizing to establish a CLT. Participants will learn about setting guiding principles, including articulating their group’s vision. The workshop will also address different strategic approaches to organizing. Participants will hear about other CLTs’ experiences and have a chance to brainstorm and get feedback on their own strategies.

Community Research & Organizational Form

September 27, 2023 6 – 8 PM (Eastern)

This interactive workshop will walk participants through the process of conducting important data-gathering exercises for new CLTs, including community housing needs assessments and feasibility analyses. Participants will learn how to apply findings from these exercises to key decisions about organizational form; they will also be introduced to the pros and cons of establishing an independent CLT or seeking sponsorship by an existing non-profit.

Gathering Resources & Business Planning

October 11, 2023 6 – 8 PM (Eastern)

This interactive workshop will cover financial considerations for new CLTs, beginning with sources of start-up funding and tips for applying for grants. Participants will be guided through a start-up budget template, including key variables and choices involved. The workshop will also cover the process of developing a business plan.