Rockefeller Foundation, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative Launch $10 Million Funding Opportunity for Community-Driven Solutions

The Rockefeller Foundation and Chan Zuckerberg Initiative have announced the launch of the Communities Thrive Challenge, a $10 million funding opportunity to find and support successful community-driven approaches to expanding economic opportunity for low-income and financially insecure people and communities across the United States. Through a nationwide search, the challenge will identify up to eighty organizations with a proven track record and provide up to ten of them with $1 million grants, technical assistance, and an opportunity to share their stories on the national stage.

The challenge will take place over a nearly six-month period and include two review rounds and site visits for finalists.

To be eligible, organizations with a track record of expanding opportunity for for low-income and financially insecure people in their communities must register online no later than Tuesday, June 12, 5:00 PT. Following registration, organizations must submit an application by Tuesday, June 19, 5:00 PT.

Every organization that submits an application will be asked to review and score five other applications against five main criteria: scale, impact, community-driven/informed, and leadership.

After the peer-to-peer review, up to eighty applicants will be invited to participate in a second round, with applications due by August 6 at 5:00 PT.

Those applications will be reviewed by a panel of experts, including Stanford University economist Raj Chetty; Carmen Rojas, CEO of The Workers Lab; and former Albuquerque mayor Richard Berry. All eighty applicants who advance to the second round will receive an honorable mention, with twenty chosen as finalists. Each finalist that does not become a grantee will receive $5,000 in recognition of their great work.

In August and September, Rockefeller and CZI will visit each finalist in their community, where they will have the opportunity to share their work and vision for the future. Following the visits, the foundation and CZI will determine the final portfolio of grantees, with each one receiving a $1 million grant, technical assistance tailored to their needs, and an opportunity to share their stories with the country. Grantees are expected to be announced in late fall 2018.

For more information and links to the registration and application pages, see the Communities Thrive Challenge website.