Apply for the Hometown Collaboration Initiative Today!

Posted by Jennifer Helfrich on October 10, 2014, in HCI.

Program Launch

The application for the Hometown Collaboration Initiative is now available! The Office of Community and Rural Affairs and the Indiana Office of the Lieutenant Governor, in partnership with Purdue University Center for Regional Development, Purdue University Extension Community Development Program, Ball State Building Better Community Department and the Ball State College or Architecture and Planning (Urban Design), are pleased to announce the official launch of the all new Hometown Collaboration Initiative pilot program. The Hometown Collaboration Initiative (HCI) is an asset based community development program designed to energize communities by: (1) expanding a community’s leadership capacity, (2) embracing innovative strategies to enhance a community’s economy or (3) enhancing your community’s quality of life through placemaking strategies.

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About the Program

The HCI program has three phases. During the foundation phase, a community will assess its local assets and learn core collaborative strategies. Next, a community will select from one of three building blocks (leadership, economy, or placemaking) to learn more about place-based community development. Last, during the capstone phase, a community will develop a Pathfinder project where they will have a hands-on opportunity to implement the skills they learned during the building block phase. Learn more about each step of the HCI process.

How Can I Apply?

The application for the HCI program is now available online. Note that the digital application form is most compatible with Microsoft Word 2010 or 2013 but will work with earlier versions of Microsoft Word. The digital application is due on December 1, by 5:00 p.m. to Geoff Schomacker (

Where Can I learn More?

Eight OCRA regional conferences are being held throughout the month of October. A member of the HCI team from Purdue Center for Regional Development or Purdue University Extension Community Development Program will be presenting information about this program at each of these conferences as well as answering questions from conference participants. A schedule of the regional conferences can be found here.

A webinar entitled How to Write a Competitive Application was given on October 31, 2014. Watch the video to learn about the HCI program structure, the HCI application process, and strategies to effectively answer each application question. Please also review the webinar slides.

You can also learn more about the HCI program by reading the HCI Overview PowerPoint Presentation and the HCI Marketing Flyer.


The HCI FAQ Sheet provides answers to frequently asked questions about both the HCI application process and the HCI program structure.

Additional questions about the HCI program can be addressed to Geoff Schomacker (