Thriving Communities

A vibrant, regional economy is one that is driven by unique and thriving communities.

Now Taking Applications for the 2018 Thriving Communities Program

Communities from the tristate, 16-county region are invited to apply for the 2018 Thriving Communities program. This unique community development program enables cities and towns to create local asset-based strategies to spark local economic vibrancy and growth.

With coaching assistance from nationally recognized design thinking professionals, teams of community volunteers will create, assess, prototype, test and pitch strategic approaches that focus on leveraging their arts and culture-based assets towards community vibrancy.

The ten-month program engages teams in an intensive design thinking crash course, followed by professonal coaching during a prototype and testing phase, and ending with a project pitch to regional stakeholders in the arts and culture community.

Upon completion of the program, participating community teams are invited to apply for up to $20,000 from the Lyndhurst Foundation for their identified project.

2018 Thriving Communities Application

Application deadline: November 17, 2017, 5:00 p.m., EDT