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FORT-ify Neighborhood Accelerator Program

FORT-ify is a new program of the Community Development Division. Leadership development is critical to mobilizing residents to see change in their own neighborhoods and across the City. That’s why FORT-ify was designed to help develop and strengthen developing and relaunching neighborhood associations across our city.

FORT-ify is a 6-month leadership development experience. Participants will receive a rapid, immersive, and experiential education aimed at accelerating the progress of neighborhood associations – compressing years’ worth of learning into just a few months. Workshop topics will include Asset-based Community Development, Civic Engagement, Fundraising, and Governance.

Any Fort Wayne neighborhood association registered with the City can apply to be one of four neighborhoods that will be selected for the accelerator’s first cohort. Applications will be evaluated and scored based on criteria found in the Program Summary and FAQ document below. 


Program Application

Accelerator applications for the 2023 calendar year are now closed. Please check back for future opportunities.


FORTify Q&A/Information Session


Important Review Files

pdfFORTify Summary and FAQ

pdfFORTify Flyer 

        pdfFORTify Presentation Slides


Program Manager Contact

Réna Bradley, FORT-ify Program Manager / Neighborhood Planner
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Program Support Partners