Good day all,
I’m writing to share some exciting news about the Communities Thrive Challenge, a $10 million national challenge on community solutions that was recently launched.
As you know, Appalachian Community Fund believes in an America where all people can earn enough to support their families, achieve financial security, and provide their children with more opportunities, especially here in Central Appalachia. Every day, local governments, businesses, and nonprofit leaders across the country are working to make this dream a reality in their communities.
Yet all too often, these community-driven approaches are missed by those who could invest in them and help them reach more people. This is especially true for efforts in small cities, rural America, and places with high rates of poverty.
That is why I am pleased to share that The Rockefeller Foundation and the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative - with guidance from community leaders from across the country - have launched the Communities Thrive Challenge. It’s a $10 million funding opportunity to expand economic opportunity for low-income and financially insecure people and communities through scaleable, community-driven solutions.
Over the next few months, Appalachian Community Fund will work closely with The Rockefeller Foundation and the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative to learn from local communities about what’s working for them. Together we hope to fund, strengthen, and grow community-driven approaches across the country that help low-income and financially insecure people find and retain well-paid and meaningful work, achieve financial security, or build economically vibrant neighborhoods.
As the Executive Director of ACF I am honored to be working with these organizations on their Expert Panel.
The Challenge is open to nonprofit and for-profit organizations. We are interested in businesses; organizing or advocacy models; technologies; economic development strategies, or other approaches that deliver significant and consistent results for low-income and financially insecure people and communities. The multi-phase competition will select as many as 10 organizations to receive separate, $1 million grants, as well as best-in-class technical assistance and an opportunity to share their stories on a national stage. The top 20 finalists will each receive $5,000.
We look forward to sharing more details about our work with the Communities Thrive Challenge with you in the coming weeks.
To learn more and apply, please visit www.communitiesthrivechallenge.org.
Peace, love, and justice,
Appalachian Community Fund