Do you know how to get people motivated about their own community?
The next Causeway Challenge seeks project ideas to answer the question, "How can we use creativity to increase civic engagement in Chattanooga?"
According to a news release, the challenge—a partnership with Mozilla Foundation—offers up to $30,000 for projects "focusing on the intersection of creativity and engagement."
Applications will be accepted June 28–July 31. Click here for more information on the challenge.
"We know that design, art and creative thinking can make complex processes more approachable, digestible and enjoyable, all leading to more lasting involvement," said Abby Garrison, executive director at Causeway.
Civic engagement is defined as "promoting the quality of life in a community, through both political and nonpolitical processes."
The inspiration for the sixth challenge came from several projects. The first is Marc O'Brien's "Hey, What's In __?" website template. Originating in San Francisco, the site answers questions about a city—what he calls a "better alternative to an ugly Google spreadsheet"—and lets people know what good is going on there.
Click here for the local one.
To get the creative juices flowing, Causeway will offer an event called Reclaiming Civic Engagement June 28 at The Camp House. Guests will learn about the three above projects and get tips on how to get people engaged.
Following the application process, a group of judges will select up to 10 projects to receive up to $3,000 each. Winners will be announced Aug. 18, and projects are to be incubated and implemented September to December.
To date, Causeway has awarded nearly $200,000 to grassroots leaders in Chattanooga.
Past Causeway Challenges have asked questions such as, "How can we make Chattanooga a more connected city?"; "How can we make Chattanooga a city where people from all backgrounds live, work, play and learn together?"; "How can parents help transform public education in Chattanooga?"; and "How can more opportunities to play make Chattanooga a stronger city?"
Causeway is funded in part by the Benwood Foundation, Footprint Foundation and hundreds of donations from Chattanoogans wanting to make a difference in their hometown.