Training and Technical Assistance

To support strategies for comprehensive community development, organizations' current needs, reliable information, and expertise to ensure CDC initiatives are executed at the highest level, OCDCA offers a variety of training and professional development opportunities. Designed to help our members make the most of their organizations' talent and resources, we deliver 10-15 days of training per year on topics including, but not limited to, community development, economic development, affordable housing, financial empowerment, food access, real estate, finance, project development, leadership, and management. The format of the training varies from webinars to one-day workshops to two- and four-day intensive training.

OCDCA also hosts regional membership meetings that provide our members opportunities to network with one another and meet with industry leaders who provide important information and listen to their concerns.

For specific questions regarding upcoming community development training, training sponsorship opportunities, or to register for an upcoming training, please contact Melissa Miller at (614) 461-6392, ext. 209. Please note that training events are only added to the calendar after dates have been finalized.

Rural Technical Assistance Opportunity: The National Association for Latino Community Asset Builders (NALCAB), is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in San Antonio, TX. NALCAB is a national intermediary that has a strong record of providing technical assistance and access to capital throughout the U.S., in both urban and rural markets.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has awarded NALCAB a grant to deliver project-based and organizational technical assistance (TA) and capacity building services, and loans to affordable housing and community development projects, in rural communities in 12 states. Ohio is one of those states. Government, tribal, and non-profit affordable housing providers, and community and economic development entities from Ohio are eligible to request TA services and loans.

Learn more about this opportunity and view and download the TA form here.

OCDCA is committed to fostering the best training and TA to our members. For this reason, we have offered scholarships to the Social Impact Investing Executive Education Program by the Tony Wells Foundation. The Wells Foundation compiled an early participant and organizational outcomes report for OCDCA members who attended the training. The results indicate that our members outperform typical participants in test scores. Additionally, there are many positive indicators of success from various members. Read the report here.

OCDCA is pleased to announce the next round of capacity building scholarships for our members to attend the Tony Wells Foundation's three day executive leadership training course December 12-14, 2017. View the course flyer. This training is designed to help nonprofit leaders expand their thinking beyond their own resource constraints as they work to solve social problems and focus on several topics, including:

  • Social enterprise, 
  • Impact investing, 
  • Strategic collaboration, 
  • Sustainability, 
  • Creative problem solving to help you expand your impact.

Scholarship awards will covers 85% of the course tuition, reducing the cost to just $300 per staff member. Two scholarships are available, and one of the scholarships will be used for a member in the USDA Rural Community Development Initiative (RCDI). Interested applicants can apply here by December 1.