The second step in the S.E.E.D framework is to EXPLORE the current conditions in a neighborhood by identifying important factors such as assets, vacancy, and funding. Communities can then develop realistic vacant lot plans based on their visions and the analyses. There are useful tools that communities can utilize to analyze the current conditions in a neighborhood. Communities can make asset maps to understand the different organizations, parks, social services, recreation centers, and other benefits. Seeing the assets on a map gives the community an idea of where partnerships exist to push their initiatives and projects forward. The community should also utilize the following SEED Engagement Matrix. This matrix gives stakeholders and leaders an idea of how to efficiently engage neighbors to identify outside wishes for the neighborhood.

After a plan is selected, the community should draft a budget. This budget will assist the community in moving forward to create additional partnerships, buy supplies, and start to engage other community members.

The following is a list of possible partners to be involved in this process:

  • Keep Cincinnati Beautiful
  • Community Councils and Business Associations
  • The City of Cincinnati
  • United Way or similar community development foundations (United Way offers grants to communities. They also offer volunteers to go to neighborhoods around Cincinnati and participate in events, such as community cleanups.)