Fundación Comunitaria de Puerto Rico
Strenthening Community Capital
OUR GOAL is to build equity through the growth and strengthening of community capital: human, social, ecological, cultural, financial and physical. These capitals are the center of our strategic foci: quality education and capacity building, renewable energy, safe housing, potable water, and economic development.
To accomplish it, we award grants, technical assistance, and capacity building.
“We contribute to the development of our communities while promoting social justice”, Dr. Nelson Colón, FCPR’s president.
Learn more about our foci after Hurricane María (September 2017)
Access to renewable energy
- Solarizing the Island of Culebra. The U.S. Economic Development Administration awarded a $4.1 million grant to Fundación Comunitaria de Puerto Rico for a project that will provide business and nonprofits organization in Culebra access to solar energy and storage infrastructure.
- Toro Negro, Ciales, became the first solar community in Puerto Rico owned and managed by its residents, connecting 28 homes through 20 microgrid.
- 9 low-income rental homes in Esperanza Village, Juncos, have their own microgrid, recognized as the first solar microgrid certified by the Puerto Rico Energy Bureau.
- 25 homes in Loiza have solar energy systems.
Access to Water
- 30 community aqueducts strengthened through technical assistance, of which 11 received grants for infrastructure.
- 2 community aqueduct convenings: Añasco and Aguas Buenas, with 143 participants.
Access to Housing
- 52 houses reconstructed by 5 community housing development organizations in 15 towns.
- 26 houses built in Loíza.
- More than 5,000 people supported in their housing relocation process.
Investing in Community Economic Development
- $232,500 invested in 11 microenterprise community incubators to provide technical assistance and incentives during different stages of incubation.
- 3 social enterprises received technical assistance.
- $644,000 granted to economic development projects.
Students readiness and support for teaches
- Provided more than 1,300 backpacks and supplies for students.
- 92 educators from 21 municipalities and 37 schools received funding to strengthen their educational strategies.
FINANCIAL CAPITAL Financial capital is stimulated when the community receives a grant to install water metering equipment. The metering system will allow measuring water consumption per family in order to charge families for the use of the water. This is a very important step for community residents, as the amount charged will allow for maintenance, repair of the infrastructure and, better yet, becoming self-sustainable.
PHYSICAL CAPITAL Physical capital is strengthened through infrastructure improvements facilitated by grants, such as the ones given to support repairs and reinforcement of community aqueducts. It is also evident in each house rehabilitated through a Community Housing Development Organizations (CHDOs).
HUMAN CAPITAL Human capital is strengthened with capacity building and education received by community members in areas like incubation of micro-enterprises, housing development, and teachers’ leadership skills. It’s also reinforced with each scholarship awarded to support youth education.
SOCIAL CAPITAL Social capital is strengthened with the development and expansion of networks and alliances that promote long-term relationships and build trust. This is evident when 75 community aqueducts leaders convened at the Corujas community in Aguas Buenas to share lessons learning and experiences.
ECOLOGICAL CAPITAL Environmental capital is present in each solar energy project but also in grants made to support hydroponics, replant coral reefs, plant coffee, and create water collection and treatment systems for consumption.
CULTURAL CAPITAL Cultural capital is present through education and the dissemination of history and traditions and their conversion into economic activity. The support given to creative industries and to teachers to implement innovative strategies in the classroom are strategies set forth by the Foundation.