Win a matching grant for your neighborhood — up to $2,000!

Do you have a great project idea to help transform your neighborhood? Are you ready to take the next step to make it a reality? We can help!

The Center for a New American Dream is now accepting applications for the 2015 Get2gether Neighborhood Challenge. The Challenge is a great way to get organized and bring your ideas to life. New Dream will help your team raise funds for a project to improve your neighborhood and will match the funds raised by each selected team up to $2,000.

Once again, we’ll be partnering with ioby, a crowd-resourcing platform for citizen-led, neighbor-funded projects that make neighborhoods stronger and more sustainable. On ioby, anyone with a good neighborhood idea can raise tax-deductible donations, recruit local volunteers, and share ideas with a like-minded community.

How to Participate

The Challenge will kick off on May 1, 2015. All applications must be received on or before May 31, 2015. Finalist projects that are selected will be announced in August 2015, and each selected project will have until September 15, 2015 to raise funds toward the matching grant. Matching grants will be awarded on September 30, 2015.

The proposed project must be focused on building a local economy, greening your community, or be linked to a sharing system. It should be replicable in other areas around the country and must be completed on or before March 31, 2016.

Each project group must have the following characteristics:

  • Have a minimum of four (4) active team members who have all joined Get2gether and are part of their regional Meetup group (you can join at any time, for free, on our website at newdream.org/get2gether).                 
  • Have enough organizational capacity (time, leadership, or base of supporters) to run a crowdfunding campaign.
  • Have more than one project leader.
  • Have a minimum of one (1) person who can manage the digital components of the campaign.

Teams will be asked to make a short two-minute video to accompany their application, and to upload it to YouTube. This is your opportunity to visually introduce your team members and the neighborhood where you will work!

All selected finalists will begin the project process in July 2015 by attending two custom, ioby-led webinar trainings on crowdfunding.

Whatever amount the teams raise through this process will be matched dollar-for-dollar by New Dream up to $2,000. The winners typically reach their goal (and more!) within four weeks. Last year’s winners were able to raise more than $70,000 combined for their work.

Please email anna@newdream.com if you have any questions or need more information.

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