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!

Applications are now closed for the 2014 Get2gether Neighborhood Challenge.

The 10 finalists will now work with our partner, ioby, to raise money for their projects. New Dream will match what they raise dollar-for-dollar up to $2,000:

Butterworth Discovery Park: Clendenin, WV
The Butterworth Discovery Park aims to increase opportunities for active play in their community by building a new and exciting natural playground in the heart of Clendenin for children and families to use and explore for many years to come. In a town where there are no public parks, this new playground will provide a safe place where children, families, seniors and others can have plenty of fun outdoors.

The Cowry Collective Timebank
: St. Louis, MO
The Cowry Collective Timebank (CCTB) is a network of people engaged in reciprocal exchange of services, skills, and goods through a timebank where the currency is an hour of time for everyone. Through membership in the CCTB people: create and strengthen community bonds, create economic freedom by providing an alternative means to get needs and desires met, and encourage creativity in redefining self-sufficiency, interdependence and valuation of time.

Fiesta Place Garden: Community and Educational Space
: District Heights, MD
The Fiesta Place Garden aims to create a learning and edible community garden destination that provides a positive environment where children and adults gather and celebrate healthy, sustainable living through community engagement, gardening, education, and serve as a creative outlet through the integration of the arts. 

Fixers Collective: Brooklyn, NY
The Fixers Collective is a social experiment in improvisational fixing and aggressive asset recovery. The team’s goal is to increase material literacy in their community by fostering an ethic of creative caring toward the objects in our lives. They seek to give people another option other than to throw something away and buy a replacement.

Freret Neighborhood Tool Library: New Orleans, LA
The Freret Neighborhood Tool Library (FNTL) will provide community members, homeowners, and tenants with the tools and training they need to tend yards and gardens, perform simple home maintenance, build furniture and execute projects. The FNTL will be volunteer-run and offer membership at no charge.

The Giving Garden
: Elba, AL
The Giving Garden is an effort to bring the community together through the planting, caring, and harvesting of a shared garden whose produce will be used to supplement the Elba Food Bank, a collaborative effort of multiple area churches. The City of Elba has provided a strip of land in the downtown area to be used as a garden space, as well as access to water on a neighboring city-owned lot. 

LINC Foods
: Spokane, WA
LINC Foods is the bridge that connects the local food service industry to locally produced food by forging strong cooperative relationships based on the shared values of a healthy economy, community, and ecosystem.  LINC Foods buys fruits and vegetables from local farmers in the 7 county Spokane region, aggregates them into larger volume orders, processes them to specifications, then sells the finished product to large local institutions.

NW Philly Repair Café
: Philadelphia, PA
Conceived as a way to help people reduce waste, build sustainable neighborhoods in NW Philadelphia, and teach people how to repair items they would normally throw away, the NW Philly Repair Café is a half-day event where neighbors pool their skills and labor to fix things at no cost. The café is sponsored by the Time4Time Community Exchange, an intergenerational neighbor-to-neighbor timebank.

Solid Food Waste Diversion Pilot Program
: Reading, PA
This project will bring together permacultivators to launch a pilot community composting program by distributing household bokashi composting kits supplemented by community education workshops. The team’s goals are threefold: divert organic solid waste from landfills, educate community residents in their role in the food system and waste production, and demonstrate the feasibility of the business case for composting.

Soulardarity: Highland Park, MI
The Soulardarity team aims to empower residents of Highland Park to build self-determination through the collective planning and cooperative ownership of 200 solar-powered streetlights. Their mission is to develop and launch a community cooperative that will own and manage the streetlights and help residents of Highland Park do climate resilience work on their homes and blocks.

Stay tuned for more details and get ready to support your favorite project!

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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.