The Technical Assistance Scholarship Program (TASP) is seeding innovation to tackle vacancy and abandonment nationwide — and your community may have a chance to be one the of program’s latest recipients.

Center for Community Progress is now welcoming applications, deadline is 3:00 p.m. (EST) November 17, 2016: Download the Request for Applications.

TASP is designed to develop approaches that will not only serve the technical assistance recipient, but will also become the next “best practice” models from which other places will seek to learn.

Selected recipients are awarded up to 400 hours of direct technical assistance–an increase over previous rounds–at a significantly reduced rate. Support for TASP is provided by the JPMorgan Chase Foundation.

Community Progress will select up to five finalists and conduct on-the-ground site assessments to better understand local challenges, capacity, and a project’s potential for success and impact. Following these site visits, Community Progress will select up to three finalists as scholarship recipients. Those finalists not selected for technical assistance scholarships will receive, at no cost, a brief diagnostic memorandum outlining observations from the site assessment to help guide local efforts to more effectively tackle vacancy and abandonment.

We encourage interested communities to submit strong and complete applications that demonstrate creativity and a willingness to take some risk.

Applications can focus on key topics including: Decriminalization of Code Enforcement, Delinquent Property Tax Enforcement and Tax Lien Sale Reform, Land Bank and Land Banking Program Evaluation, and Open Space and Land Reuse Planning — or a compelling topic of the applicant’s choosing.