Welcoming Community

How welcoming is our community to different types of people?

Welcoming Community

What is Welcoming Community?

According to the Knight Foundation's Soul of the Community Study, 'Welcoming Community' is the respondent's perception of how welcoming a community is to different types of people, including people with young children, senior citizens, college graduates and minorities, among other groups. Grant projects in this focus area support open and inclusive activities and programs. 

2016 Connected Communities Grant Recipients

The following nonprofits received a Connected Communities grant for their work in the 'Welcoming Community' area. Check back to this page throughout the year for updates on these projects.

  • EngenuitySC: What's Next Midlands- Economic development nonprofit Engenuity SC will launch its second year of What's Next Midlands, the collaborative crowdsourcing program aimed to gather great ideas for Midlands improvement from residents, and then connect those ideas with the community, capital and volunteers needed to turn them into reality. The program will complete one publicly vetted and approved project per quarter. The first What's Next Midlands project to be funded recently added brightly colored, metal patio tables and chairs along Main Street to add social seating during events and peak times.


  • South Carolina State Museum: RACE: Are We So Different?- The concept of race is scientifically and culturally examined, pondered and challenged at the SC State Museum's new exhibit, which explores three primary themes- the science of human variation, the history of the idea of race and the contemporary experience of race and racism in the US- and explains why we should celebrate our differences. Associated programs complement the exhibit, displayed from June 11 to September 11, 2016.

2015 Connected Communities Grant Recipients

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