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

Have you been mulling over 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 2014 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. If your project will be based in Canada, click here to apply.

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 It Works

All selected winners will begin the project process in August 2014 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 $25,000 combined for their work. You can find some project ideas here or check out last year’s winners for some inspiration.

Challenge Timeline

The deadline to submit your application is July 15, 2014. Finalist projects that are selected will be announced on August 1, 2014, and each selected project will have until September 15, 2014 to raise funds toward the matching grant. Matching grants will be awarded on October 1, 2014.

How to Participate

The proposed project must be focused on building a local economy, on 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 April 30, 2015.

Each project group must have the following characteristics:

  • Be a New Dream Team with an existing Get2gether page.
  • Have a minimum of 4 active team members.                 
  • Have enough organizational capacity (time, leadership, or base of supporters) to run a fundraising campaign.
  • Have more than one project leader.
  • Have a minimum of one person who can manage the digital components of the campaign.

We look forward to hearing your ideas for helping your neighborhoods blossom. Contact Anna Awimbo if you have any questions or need more information.

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Funding for the Neighborhood Challenge has been generously provided by Alex Honnold and The Honnold Foundation.
For more information about their work, click here.