Communities Thrive Challenge

The Communities Thrive Challenge, a collaboration between The Rockefeller Foundation and the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, is a $10M funding opportunity open to community-driven organizations that are working to expand economic opportunity for low-income and financially insecure people and communities. With guidance from experts on social mobility and economic opportunity, we intend to fund, strengthen, and grow community-driven approaches that help low-income and financially insecure people find and retain well-paid and meaningful work, achieve financial security, or build economically vibrant neighborhoods.

Application Deadline: Tuesday, June 12, 2018 5 PM pacific

What if there were more ways to support and grow local solutions that are already working to expand economic opportunity for underserved communities? That's the idea behind the Communities Thrive Challenge.
  • Better Work:  Improving job quality, pay, and worker benefits, and creating new, well-paying jobs for low-income or otherwise marginalized workers in a rapidly changing economy and labor market. Indicators of success might include: income and number of jobs that pay a living wage and provide
  • Skills Development and Opportunity Matching: Connecting low-income people with work and the skills necessary to succeed in a changing labor market, possibly through additional skill development, building career pathways from low-wage to higher-paying jobs, or identifying financing solutions to support the development of new skills and job transitions. Indicators of success might include: job placement, retention and promotion, or training program accessibility and completion.
  • Financial Security:  Enabling underserved and financially insecure workers and their families to better manage unanticipated changes in their income and expenses without experiencing periods of deeper poverty or being forced to rely on predatory debt. This could involve a range of approaches, including improving the design or delivery of social services. Indicators of success might include: financial stability, wealth building, decreased and manageable debt, improved credit scores, access to safety nets or emergency cash.
  • Economically Vibrant Communities:  Building neighborhoods, cities, or towns that foster economic stability and mobility for residents who have historically been excluded or marginalized, and ensuring that their neighborhoods benefit from a region’s economic growth and vibrancy. Indicators of success might include: access to core services, such as child care and responsible financial institutions, a reasonable, affordable commute to gainful employment, as well as an increase in total jobs and/or small businesses owned by people of color, women, and LGBTQ individuals who have historically faced extra barriers to business ownership. 


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