Another "Financial Friday" lead - this time from our friends at Community Heart & Soul, who are offering $10,000 seed grants to support bringing this resident-driven process to cities and towns with populations under 30,000. Learn more about the grant opportunity below and the full requirements for eligibility can be found on their site linked here.
Community Heart & Soul Seed Grant Program
The Community Heart & Soul Seed Grant Program provides $10,000 in funding for resident-driven groups in small cities and towns to start the Community Heart & Soul model. Grant funding requires a $10,000 cash match from the participating municipality or a partnering organization.
How to Apply
About the Community Heart & Soul Model
Community Heart & Soul is a resident-driven process that engages the entire population of a town in identifying what they love most abou their community, what future they want for it, and how to acheive it.
Developed and field-tested over a decade in partnership with over 90 small cities and towns across America, Community Heart & Soul is a proven process for engaging a community in shaping its future. Based on three powerful principles - involve everyone, focus on what matters most, and play the long game - Community Heart & Soul helps towns move toward a brighter, more prosperous future by bringing the residents of a community closer together. When residents get closer, differences tend to fade and the things they care most about replace the differences. Trust is built and residents become more collaborative in their decision-making and stronger believers in their communities. People continue to stay in their communities, new people move in, and investment in towns increases.
Community Heart & Soul is unique in how it engages communities. It is a highly inclusive process that reaches deep into communities to ensure all voices are represented in determining a town's future. Instead of bringing residents to the table, we bring the table to them at community events, neighborhood block parties, schools, businesses, and virtual gatherings.
Learn more at: www.communityheartandsoul.org/seed-grants/