The Hoosier Enduring Legacy Program melds the pillars of OCRA’s Stellar initiative into a program that will capitalize on the successes of previous efforts, while addressing the current environment of Hoosier communities. This new program supports communities directly by building capacity, creating a peer network system between communities participating in the program, developing a strategic investment plan and providing access to set-aside funding.
Over the past several months, OCRA has reimagined Stellar. OCRA collaborated with the Purdue Center for Regional Development, the Indiana University Center for Rural Engagement, the Ball State University Indiana Communities Institute, Ivy Tech Community College, and other state partners to offer a new program to Hoosier communities statewide.
HELP is a 52-week process culminating in a dynamic Strategic Investment Plan rooted in four pathways:
Promoting Community Wellness
Enhancing Quality of Place
Strengthening Local Economies
The HELP process and implementation of the resultant Strategic Investment Plan ultimately seeks to build long-term capacity, develop attainable projects and leave a legacy in the community.
Minimum 30% of the community’s CLFRF allocation to projects in the SIP
OCRA will match the community investment 1-1 for the implementation of SIP projects (up to $1 million).