Connected Communities

What makes residents love where they live? What draws people to a place and keeps them there? The Connected Communities grant initiative funds innovative philanthropic projects that connect residents to our community.

The Connected Communities grant initiative funds ideas in three focus areas that relate directly to our quality of life and strengthen our region:

Welcoming Communities

Supporting open and inclusive activities and programs

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Vibrant Social Offerings

Supporting the availability of community events and arts and cultural opportunities

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Superb Public Spaces

Enhancing the beauty and physical setting of the community

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Connected Communities grants were inspired by "Soul of the Community" report, produced by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and Gallup in 2010. The study was designed to find what emotionally attaches people to a community-what makes them want to put down roots and build a life there. Here's what they found: 

Nonprofits, click here to learn more about applying for a grant. 

2016 Connected Communities Press Release

2015 Connected Communities Press Release

Stories of Philanthropy