At The Rockefeller Foundation, we believe in an America where all people can earn enough to support their families, achieve financial security, and provide their children with more opportunities. Every day, local governments, businesses, and nonprofit leaders across the country are working to make this dream possible in their communities.
Yet 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’s why The Rockefeller Foundation in partnership with the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative and with guidance from community leaders across the country have created the Communities Thrive Challenge, a $10 million funding opportunity open to organizations across the United States that are working to expand economic opportunity for low-income and financially insecure people and communities.
Update: Applications have closed on June 19, 2018. The nationwide interest in the Communities Thrive Challenge was overwhelming. We received over 3,000 completed registrations from all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Successful applicants will be notified.
With guidance from experts on economic opportunity, we intend to fund, strengthen, and grow community-driven approaches that help low-income and financially insecure people find and retain well-paid and meaningful work, achieve financial security, or build economically vibrant neighborhoods.
Ultimately, we hope to lift up strategies that could narrow the opportunity gap in the U.S. by elevating successful community efforts and sharing them with other funders, leaders, and the broader country.
Up to 10 grantees will receive a $1 million grant, best-in-class technical assistance, and an opportunity to share their story on a national stage. These grantees will be selected from the 20 finalists that make it into the last round. Each finalist that does not become a grantee will receive $5,000 in recognition of their great work.