PA Department of Community and Economic Development
The mission of the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) is to foster opportunities for businesses to grow and for communities to succeed and thrive in a global economy. Our mission is to improve the quality of life for Pennsylvania citizens while assuring transparency and accountability in the expenditure of public funds.
400 North Street Harrisburg Pennsylvania 17120 United States
Four P’s of the Neighborhood Assistance Program (NAP)
NAP activities must be place-based. The focus is on applying the NAP criteria within a neighborhood in a Distressed Area.
Where is it? Provide physical boundaries (street locations are ideal.) An entire county is too large an area to qualify.
Who lives in the place you have identified? Provide relevant demographics such as population, level of unemployment, percentage of residents receiving public assistance, information on adequacy of housing, vacant buildings, crime and delinquency statistics, school dropout rate (See definition of “Distressed Area” in the Guidelines).
NAP activities must be specific to a problem which your organization seeks to address. For example, if you provide afterschool tutoring, the problem might be low educational attainment or a high dropout rate. If you are developing/renovating housing, the problem might be inadequate housing and a high rate of abandoned and dilapidated buildings. Tell us how the problem affects the place.
The description of your NAP project flows from the problem you have identified. What is the organization’s NAP project and how does it address the place and the problem you have identified? What do you plan to accomplish and how? (The organization’s regular operating mission is not specific enough to constitute the NAP project.)
What do you anticipate as the results of the project? What will the impact of the project be on the place and the problem identified in the application? What will change? How will you measure the impact and change?