The Center for Community Progress believes that having resident leaders, public servants, and nonprofit representatives attend the Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference is crucial to the success of community redevelopment. However, we understand that registration costs are out of reach for many of these individuals whose commitment to vacant property reclamation would be strengthened by attending the conference.

Community Progress’ RVP scholarships provide access to our conference to individuals who would greatly benefit, but who need financial support to attend. The scholarship covers registration for conference activities from September 7–9, 2022. Applicants traveling from outside the Chicago region may apply for coverage of two nights of hotel accommodations. The scholarship does not cover travel expenses (e.g. airfare, mileage, ground transportation).

We are committed to ensuring that RVP, as well as all of our programs and activities, reflects the diversity of the communities that we serve. Community Progress therefore encourages qualified applicants of all races, ethnicities, and genders that share this commitment to diversity to apply. A limited number of scholarships will be made available.

We are no longer accepting applications for RVP scholarships. Thank you for your interest! 


Eligible applicants are resident leaders and representatives from public agencies and the nonprofit community who serve communities with an urgent need to address the negative impacts of vacant, abandoned, and deteriorated properties, centering communities of color that are disproportionally impacted by public health, housing, and economic crises. Individuals who have received scholarship awards for a previous RVP conference are not eligible.


Scholarship applications will be reviewed by Center for Community Progress staff and selected based on the following criteria:

  • Demonstrated commitment to serving communities of color with widespread vacancy and abandonment that have been disproportionally impacted by public health, housing, and economic crises
  • Demonstrated commitment to racial equity
  • Demonstrated financial need
  • Geographic diversity
  • Additional consideration may be given to those applicants who demonstrate how their lived experience in neighborhoods impacted by vacancy and abandonment has inspired their work in the field of community development.


July 15, 2022                    Application deadline (11:59 PM ET)

July 29, 2022                    Scholarship recipients notified via email

For questions regarding the scholarship program, please contact Courtney Knox at

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