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! Through our annual Get2gether Neighborhood Challenge, New Dream is supporting great initiatives in communities across the country.

We've recently selected 10 finalists for the 2014 Neighborhood Challenge. These 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. The finalists are:


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. 


 

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.

The Minneapolis Toy Library: Minneapolis, MN

The Minneapolis Toy Library is an idea which grew out of an eco-minded parent’s struggle to stimulate her child’s development in the first year while still being conscious not to buy toys that would eventually lead to more plastics being discarded into the environment. Always looking for ways to keep things simple and build community, this mom stumbled upon the brilliant idea to create a mobile toy lending program which seeks to reduce waste, foster child development, and build community in the Minneapolis area.

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.

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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.