This phase begins when a city’s leadership agrees to continue the replication process beyond the initial feasibility study. The city’s leadership signs a Planning Memorandum of Understanding. As the name implies, this phase takes a city through the actual process of planning and opening a Center. The Planning Phase can last up to 24 months.
During this phase the NCAT team will work collaboratively with the city to perform tasks including but not limited to:
- Creating a legal non-profit entity;
- Starting a capital campaign to support the CAT
- Developing a board and hiring an executive director;
- Assisting in hiring adult and youth staff;
- Assisting with site location and internal building design;
- Implementing CAT branding requirements;
- Providing program development for adults and youth; and
- Assist with marketing and fundraising.
During Planning, a city’s leadership and/or funding source(s) will continue to receive periodic progress reports from the NCAT Team. The cost for the Planning Phase is $300,000 which includes $150,000 in NCAT fees and $150,000 in start-up capital for the new Center. During this phase an NCAT Affiliation Agreement is signed.
The planning is executed in three domains over 24 months
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