Communities Thrive Challenge

By April 10, 2018 News

Next Street was founded to revitalize communities, grow businesses, and create jobs in underserved markets. To accomplish this goal, we have worked with local partners in 24 states across the US, witnessing first-hand the impact that community-minded organizations can have in their own backyards.

The Rockefeller Foundation and the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative believe that throughout the country, local governments, businesses, and nonprofits are turning towns and cities into laboratories of opportunity. But if we’re going to help more people share in our country’s economic growth, we need to start paying more attention to local solutions.

With that in mind, Rockefeller and CZI have partnered to launch the Communities Thrive Challenge, a $10-million funding opportunity open to organizations in the United States that are working to expand economic opportunity for low-income and financially insecure people and communities. 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. 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.

Given Next Street’s commitment to similar goals of economic opportunity and community revitalization, I am honored to be serving on the Expert Review Panel for the Challenge. I look forward to reading about the diverse proposed solutions and learning how we can all help create greater economic opportunity for low-income people and communities.

To learn more, watch the Communities Thrive Challenge launch video, here.