Tools & Resources
We have compiled tools and resources from RCAP, funders, and partners on the following topics related to managerial & financial assistance. Click on any of the buttons below to learn more.
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Webinars & Workshops
Interested in signing up for webinars or workshops on finance and management topics? Please visit RCAP’s Training Page and look for workshops offered by our regional partners in your area.
Would you give car keys to someone (your child or grandparent) who has never driven a car before and then tell them they need to drive from Timbucktoo to downtown Chicago tomorrow? Of course not, but this is what sometimes happens to our small communities. I have been involved with several projects where this actually happens. The money is spent, a grant given, something new is built or upgraded, and after the dust settles everyone walks away thinking all is done. Perhaps good instruction have been left on how to turn the key on and turn up the radio. Maybe they will get lucky and figure out how to run the plant, or in this story, drive the car and get around a little, but what about checking tires, changing the oil, or financial planning for maintenance, repairs, insurance, etc…
This stuff is not hard or difficult, but, if you do not know what you do not know – who can help teach us what we need to know? This is where I see great value in RCAP, as the people who can help others learn to help themselves in the dealing of small utility financial management. Kind of like giving a person a fish so they can eat for a day, but if you teach the person how to fish…team each ‘em to fish!