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FORT-ify Neighborhood Accelerator Program

Applications are open now until Friday, March 3rd for FORT-ify 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

FORT-ify Online Application

pdfFORT-ify Fillable PDF Application

Accelerator applications must be submitted by 11:59 pm EST on Friday, March 3rd.  Neighborhoods can apply by completing an online application or by emailing their completed PDF application to Réna Bradley at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Applicants will receive a confirmation that the application has been received within two business days.


FORTify Q&A/Information Session


     Monday, February 27th
Facebook Live
Fort Wayne Neighborhoods Facebook
6:00 P.M. 


Important Review Files

pdfFORTify Summary and FAQ

pdfFORTify Flyer 

        pdfFORTify Presentation Slides



Program Manager Contact

Réna Bradley, FORT-ify Program Manager / Neighborhood Planner
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 260-427-2284


Program Support Partners