The "Causeway Challenge" To Give Twenty $2,500 Grants

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Causeway, a local non-profit where people can share resources and ideas to create the change they want for our city, is releasing applications today for ‘The Causeway Challenge’, a competitive grant making program that awards $2,500 towards twenty ideas centered on the theme of connectivity.

“We want to challenge Chattanoogans to rethink what ‘being connected’ means to them.  We intentionally left the theme vague because we hope to get a variety of ideas. So far, we’ve heard ideas ranging from hosting a neighborhood-wide potluck dinner in-between the streets to giving high-school students a better way to find volunteer work they’re interested in,” said Heather DeGaetano, Causeway’s Interim Executive Director.

To inspire ideas and encourage more participation, Causeway will host a speakers panel on Thursday, August 14 from 5:30-8 p.m. to hear from four community leaders from across the country. These speakers will share how they’ve made their city a more connected place through their specific project or idea. The panel will be held on the 4th Floor of the Downtown Public Library and dinner will be provided.

“For our first Causeway Challenge, we are looking to the wisdom of the crowd (that's you!) to help us solve some of our city's most persistent problems. There are a lot of people doing great things for Chattanooga and others looking for ways to launch ideas to improve our city. We want to see those ideas implemented and hope this competitive grant opportunity jump starts that process,”  said James Chapman, Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Causeway.

Causeway extends an open invitation to come by their new workspace at 16 Patten Parkway for help on specific ideas or filling out the application. The open office hours will be on every Wednesday in August from 12-1 p.m.

Applications will be open from August 1-29. Winning applications will be notified around Tuesday, September 16 and will receive funding around Friday, September 22.  Funded projects must be completed by mid-November.  

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