The Community Innovation Fund is designed to act as a catalyst for creative projects and community development efforts within Alamance County. The goal of the fund is to identify, develop and support community-led initiatives which further our vision of a thriving, dynamic community that values and invests in its people and places by supporting creativity, innovation and access to opportunity.
The following key objectives will guide funding decisions.
As Co|Operative, we seek to support initiatives that...
- are focused on downtown and community revitalization.
- create place-based projects that inspire and motivate community members to interact differently with their built environment.
- provide seed funding for proof of concept or “first-step” projects with the potential to scale and attract further outside investment.
- allow an iterative, action-based process that maximizes the value of the funds provided.
- create collaborative partnerships to leverage existing skills and human capital in new ways.
All approved projects must meet all of the following criteria.
- Co|Operative will serve as an involved partner in all projects that are funded;
- A passionate project leader is crucial for this request. The project must clearly define how, what, and why the effort will have community benefits;
- Benefits must be concrete and tangible to people within Alamance County;
- The impact of the project must be seen within the community at large; projects that benefit a single organization will not receive support.
- Projects must be designed to allow for replicability or expansion if successful.
- Application process will be simple and quick. Submit a proposal of up to three (3) pages explaining the idea/project with amount requested and any matching cash and/or in-kind;
- Grant applications will be received on a rolling basis from September 2017 to May 2018
- Grant requests may be made by email or submission using the online submission link;
- Projects must relate broadly to one or more of our focus areas which can be found on our website. Special consideration is given to projects which seek to provide a multi-faceted approach that touches on two or more of our focus areas.
- Projects must be results oriented with clear, tangible impact in our community (i.e. no feasibility plans, strategic support, overhead funding, etc.)
- Successful grants will receive anywhere from $5,000 up to $20,000;
- Projects/grant decisions will be made on a rolling basis through October 2017 – June 2018
- Please include the following:
- What is missing? (What is needed in the community currently?)
- What are we doing? (Description of the project)
- What will change? (How will the community change because of the project?)
- What is the ripple effect? (What will happen indirectly in the community because of this project?)
- Community lead (Who is spearheading the project?)
- Cheerleaders (What individuals or businesses in the community want you to succeed? Who will support/advertise/volunteer on behalf of your project?)
- Cost ($)
Community Innovation Fund Does Not Fund:
- For profit projects to benefit or develop a startup or existing business.
- Projects or costs for assessments, feasibility plans or any other similar technical assistance related projects.
- Projects that do not serve the general public within Alamance County.
- Religiously or politically affiliated organizations.
- • A mid-project report must be submitted to Co|Operative that indicates progress, success, and challenges
- • At the end of all projects, a final, a written grant report must be submitted to Co|Operative within 30 days of completion
- • The grant report should address the following:
- What are the results of the project?
- What were the challenges faced and how were they overcome?
- How did the community work together?
- What was learned?
- What next steps (if any) are planned as a result of the initial funding to further expand the effort funded?
For other questions, please contact Chelsea Dickey, Director of Community Development.