For immediate release - July 26, 2005
TAVARES — Applications to the Community Enhancement Area (CEA) Partnership Program are available for the first time ever to Lake County citizens.
In this initial year, the program will designate one community as a Community Enhancement Area and will assist that community in completion of an improvement plan. The program, managed by the County Department of Community Services, Community Development Block Grant Division, is designed to assist unincorporated communities with, at least, 51 percent low and moderate income residents, in Lake County, to improve their quality of life.
Applying for the grant is a competitive process and any unincorporated community wishing to compete must complete the application. There will be application workshops on Aug. 2 from 7 to 9 p.m. and Aug. 6 from 9 to 11 a.m. Both workshops will be held in room 233 of the Lake County Administration Building, 315 W. Main St., Tavares. To reserve a seat for either workshop, call (352) 343-1864 by Aug. 1.
Completed applications are due Sept. 9. Applications can be mailed to PO Box 7800, Tavares, FL 32778, or can be delivered to the Community Development Block Grant Division office at 31150 Industry Drive, Tavares. For more information about the CEA Partnership Program or to receive an application, call Bill Gearing, Community Enhancement Coordinator, at (352) 343-1864, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or log on to www.lakecountyfl.gov.
The CEA Partnership Program was established by the Board of County Commissioners in 2004. A working group comprised of representatives from various County departments and agencies has been meeting since then to establish the program's purpose, goals and how to best implement the process. The basic purpose and goals are:
- To create neighborhoods where people want to live by fostering positive community involvement, and physical and socioeconomic change.
- The approach to be used is based upon neighborhood-based planning and geographically coordinating delivery of services to the County's underserved communities. This approach will increase the sustainability of community improvements through increased community involvement and will maximize the use of scarce resources.
- Partnerships are an essential ingredient in the CEA Partnership Program, and will allow addressing a broad range of issues. The partners may include the public sector, the private sector, faith-based organizations and neighborhood activists.
- The goal is to empower people to help themselves through consensus building, education, initiating and implementing improvements, and analyzing consequences and successes.
Related Links and Documents:
Community Development Block Grant
Community Enhancement Area (CEA) Partnership Program
CEA 2005 Application
CEA 2005 Handbook
Community Enhancement Coordinator
Office: (352) 343-1864