Now accepting applications for 2019!
Thriving Communities program is a community accelerator program designed to enhance leadership and community development throughout the region through creative placemaking. Participating teams learn strategic approaches to leverage their artistic and cultural assets in order to spark economic vibrancy and growth from within.
At the end of the program, each team is eligible to apply for a seed grant from the Lyndhurst Foundation to make their community strategy a reality.
The 10-month program guides leaders in revitalizing their communities, teaching them to:
Identify cultural assets
Spark collective feedback
Test bold ideas
Revise and repeat
Join the Thriving Communities network to ignite growth from within in your city! Read on for application guidelines.
Active participation in Thriving Communities will give team members professional development training and experience in volunteer management, program development, grant writing and community engagement. Through community events and workshops, teams will connect with other local leaders throughout the region who have, or, are currently participating in the Thriving Communities program, as well as a qualified resource team. Upon successful completion of the Thriving Communities program, teams are eligible to apply for seed funding for project implementation.
What makes a strong team:
Minimum of four (4), maximum of six (6) dedicated, local community members from varying disciplines
Team reflects the interest and diversity of the entire community
Consistent attendance by all team members at all sessions
Citizen-led with engagement from local government and elected officials
The community is located within the 16-county, tri-state Chattanooga region
Community team members commit to attend scheduled design thinking sessions, in person workshops and virtual coaching check-ins
Letter of support from a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization as the fiduciary sponsor of the program
Letter of support from a local government agency
Cover letter outlining what you hope your community and team will accomplish by participating in the Thriving Communities Initiative
Questions? Contact Kelly Farina, Program Coordinator, at (423) 648-2954 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
2018 community signposts of success:
Monetary and in-kind contributions
Out-of-town guest attendance
Features in local media outlets
A visual capture of two Georgia communities that have seen results through creative placemaking.