Wishing You and Yours a Safe and Happy 2017
Colorado Community Action Association
Resources, Funding and other Opportunities Update
January 2017
2017 Colorado Community Action Conference 
August 7-11, 2017 in Crested Butte, CO
The 2017 Colorado Conference on Poverty - Louder Than Words: Measuring Success Through Data - will bring Colorado attendees representing local government, nonprofit, faith-based and community-based organizations to Crested Butte, CO August 7-11, 2017 to discuss Community Action and anti-poverty strategies.  

A variety of events, workshops, speakers, sponsors, and exhibitors will make this year's conference a must attend event for Colorado stakeholders passionate about their local communities. Come join us at the Elevation Hotel & Spa for dynamic and informative sessions with both local and national leaders lending their expertise on a variety of topics.

Early Early Bird Rate of $225 lasts until January 31st.  REGISTER NOW!

Sponsorships Available  - Become a sponsor of the 2017 Colorado Conference on Poverty, or purchase advertising space in the conference program.  See more Sponsorship opportunities here: http://coloradocommunityaction.org/sponsorship-page.html

Exhibitor and Vendor Booths  - There are limited exhibitor and vendor booth opportunities available.  Get your business in front of over 200 plus Colorado stakeholders.  We are emphasizing customer management database products at this year's conference...don't miss your chance to be involved.  See more Exhibitor information here: http://coloradocommunityaction.org/exhibitor-page.html

2017 Conference App - Keep up to date with the 2017 Colorado Conference on Poverty by downloading the Conference App.  The Conference App will contain all the information on the schedule, workshops, presenters, attendees, exhibitors and more!  
You will need the event code "2017CCAA" to download the app.
Download the app by clicking on the appropriate link below:

CCAA RPI Scholarships - Do you or your staff, Tripartite Board/Committee members, subcontractors or local partners need support to attend the 2017 Colorado Conference on Poverty?
Check out the CCAA RPI Scholarship opportunity. 

 This statewide conference is presented in part through
CO CSBG Discretionary Training and Technical Assistance Funds.  
Become a member of the Colorado Community Action Association! 

Membership for the 2016-2017 program year (July 1, 2016 - June 30, 2017) has opened!  
Get more information and/or download the membership form at the CCAA's website (www.coloradocommunityaction.org).
We still have a sliding fee schedule, which is related to the CSBG funding amount received by your agency (either as a grantee of the State or a sub-contractor of a local grantee). 

Your agency automatically receives:
  • CCAA Membership Card
  • Information from Community Action Partnership, CAPLAW, "CAPFACTS", and National Community Action Foundation
  • Early notification and discounts on Scholarship and Training Opportunities
  • Technical Assistance supporting local poverty fighting agencies and programs
  • Networking with other Colorado Community Action Agencies & Partners
  • Regular funding opportunities & other resources information
  • Supporting a "statewide voice" around CSBG and Community Action

Join the Association and let your voice be heard in support of low-income families, programs and issues.

Please share this membership opportunity with your local CSBG 
Stakeholders and Partners!

It's Tax Time!  Find a VITA Site near you!

Please remember to promote and take advantage of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, which offers free tax help to people who make $54,000 or less, persons with disabilities and limited English speaking taxpayers who need assistance in preparing their own tax returns. 

IRS-certified volunteers provide free basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing to qualified individuals. More information and locations at http://www.coloradovita.org/.

Also, there is MyFreeTaxes.com, which serves as an IRS recognized online alternative way of filing taxes for free for individuals making $64,000 or less. The website is supported by H&R Block and sponsored by the Walmart Foundation - in partnership with Goodwill Industries International, National Disability Institute, and United Way Worldwide.

  • American Kennel Club Humane Fund's Womens Shelter Grant  The AKC Humane Fund is proud to be the leading organization that provides financial assistance to domestic abuse shelters that accept pets. Our grants make it easier for women's shelters to welcome pets and help break the cycle of domestic abuse. Apply for a grant and tell us how you are helping pet owners at your facility.

  • New NCAF Membership Rules - NCAF members are stakeholders in the continuation of NCAF and its work. Starting in 2017, each year NCAF members are invited to an annual membership meeting, held during the annual Legislative Conference. The first ever annual membership meeting will be held at the 2017 Legislative Conference.
  • Subscribe to NCAF CAP-FACTS - One of the best ways to support NCAF is by subscribing to CAPFacts, our series of political, legislative and policy newsletters. By subscribing today, your agency will help NCAF hit the ground running in 2017. Thank you for your on-going support!
  • Receive information and updates on Federal Legislation affecting Community Action Agencies, and support NCAF.

Other Resources
  • Colorado Data EngineColorado Data Engine is an open source hub that unlocks neighborhood scale public data in a standardized, geolocated format.
  • Hunger Free Colorado's Food Stamp Impact Reports - Hunger Free Colorado released its annual Food Stamp Impact Reports for all 64 counties that detail the efficiency and effectiveness of the state-supervised, county-administered program, federally known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP. Through efforts to improve outreach and customer service, 44 counties have increased performance, raising the statewide Program Access Index (PAI) from 56% to 59%, the 11th best national ranking for improvement. 

Results Oriented Management and Accountability (ROMA)             Upcoming Trainings

Results Oriented Management and Accountability (ROMA), a performance-based initiative designed to preserve the anti-poverty focus of community action and to promote greater strategic planning, is an innovative best-practice established through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) program, but is pertinent to the effective and accountable management of all community-based organizations, nonprofits and government entities.

ROMA addresses Results-Oriented Management by: assessing poverty needs and conditions within the community; defining a clear agency anti-poverty mission for community action and a strategy to address those needs, both immediate and longer term, in the context of existing resources and opportunities in the community; identifying specific improvements, or results, to be achieved among low-income people and the community; and organizing and implement programs, services, and activities, such as advocacy, within the agency and among "partnering" organizations, to achieve anticipated results.

ROMA addresses Results-Oriented Accountability by: developing and implementing strategies to measure and record improvements in the condition of low-income people and the communities in which they live that result from community action intervention; and using information about outcomes, or results, among agency boards and staff to determine the overall effectiveness of strategies, inform annual and long-range planning, and supporting agency advocacy, funding, and community partnership activities.

For more information on ROMA please visit the website http://www.roma-nptp.org/.

  • Thursday February 2, 2017 - Trinidad, CO.  Click HERE to register.
  • Thursday February 16, 2017 - Commerce City, CO. Click HERE to register.
  • Wednesday March 8, 2017 - Frisco, CO.  Click HERE to register.

Other Upcoming Community Action Trainings

Region 8/10 2017 Community Action Conference. May 16-19, 2017 in Fargo, ND.

Community Action Program Legal Services (CAPLAW) 2017 National Training Conference. June 7-9, 2017 in Denver, CO. 

2017 Colorado Community Action Conference. August 7-11, 2017 in Crested Butte, CO.

Community Action Partnership's 2017 Annual Training Conference. August 29 - September 1, 2017 in Philadelphia, PA.

National Association for State Community Services Programs 2017 Annual Training Conference. September 19-22, 2017 in Biloxi, MS.

The CCAA is excited to announce the hiring of Liz Espinoza as part-time manager.  

Liz, a Nationally Certified ROMA Trainer, brings extensive knowledge and experience on government grants, and the CSBG program specifically.  We are excited to have Liz join our team while she pursues her undergrad degree.

Please join us in welcoming Liz to our team.
You can reach Liz at Liz@coloradocommunityaction.org or by calling 303-949-9934.

Colorado Community Action Association

Give us a call or visit our website today!
These opportunities & resources are compiled by the Colorado Community Action Association (CCAA) from various sources including the 
Philanthropy News Digest; Hunger Free Colorado;  Region 8 Performance and Innovation Consortia (Region 8 RPIC);  National Community Action Foundation (NCAF); Colorado State Department of Local Affairs (DOLA); Community Action Partnership (CAP)
;  Community Action Program Legal Services Inc (CAPLAW); The National Association for State Community Services Programs (NASCSP)

and the Douglas County Department of Community Development.



If you know of upcoming opportunities or resources that you would like to share with agencies across Colorado please contact the CCAA at  ccaa@coloradocommunityaction.org