​I thought some great Tompkins County groups would look at this as an
opportunity to collaborate on something wonderful. It would need a lead
organization. See specifics below. I am not involved, just forwarding, with
hope. -- Maura Stephens​

Rockefeller Foundation, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative Launch $10 Million
Funding Opportunity for Community-Driven Solutions
April 12, 2018
Deadline: June 12, 2018 (Registration)

The Rockefeller Foundation <https://www.rockefellerfoundation.org/> and Chan
Zuckerberg Initiative <https://www.chanzuckerberg.com/> 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 Thrice Challenge website.
Link to Complete RFP <https://www.communitiesthrivechallenge.org/>

For more information about sustainability in the Tompkins County area, please 
visit:  http://www.sustainabletompkins.org/
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