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Causeway Challenge III

Through the Causeway Challenge, we look to the wisdom of the crowd (that's you!) to help us solve some of our city's toughest problems. We frame the problem. You propose a solution. For our third Causeway Challenge we asked: How can more opportunities to play make Chattanooga a stronger city? 

Applications will be open until midnight on November 14th. A group of community judges will select ten projects to receive grassroots funding up to $3000 to implement their projects. 

Dates to Remember:

Applications Open: October 19
Office Hours: Every Tuesday from October 20th - November 10th from 12:00 - 1:00pm, or by appointment by emailing challenge@causeway.org.
Applications Close: November 14
Winners Announced: December 10
Projects Implemented:  January - April 2016

Applications are now closed. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Instagram and Twitter to be the first to know when the winners are announced on December 10th.

Projects should...

be led by individuals.
In an effort to build up new community leaders, applications are open to individuals and groups. If the individual project leader(s) happen to own or work for or with an organization or business they would like to get involved, we think that is great, too.

address local priorities.
All projects should be led by Chattanoogans for Chattanoogans, and must deal with issues that are directly affecting our city.

be realistic and manageable.
Projects should be small-scale, well planned, and able to make significant progress with $3000 in four months.

bring people together.
Projects should bring people together who would not otherwise work together or know each other.

align with Causeway's mission, vision and values.
Using an entrepreneurial approach, Causeway inspires and equips Chattanoogans to develop smarter solutions to our city's toughest challenges.

The Winning Projects

 

The Judges

Saunya Goss Principal at Battle Academy

Saunya Goss
Principal at Battle Academy

Stratton Tingle Executive Director of SoundCorps

Stratton Tingle
Executive Director of SoundCorps

Jayne Griffin Director of Education at the Creative Discovery Museum

Jayne Griffin
Director of Education at the Creative Discovery Museum

Reggie Jackson Highland Park Program Director at the Boys and Girls Club

Reggie Jackson
Highland Park Program Director at the Boys and Girls Club

Aggie Toppins Design Professor in the UTC Art Department

Aggie Toppins
Design Professor in the UTC Art Department

Mark McKnight Marketing Director at Rock/Creek and Co-founder of Roots Rated

Mark McKnight
Marketing Director at Rock/Creek and Co-founder of Roots Rated

 

FAQ

What if I need help with my application?
In addition to the office hours mentioned above, applicants are always welcome to email us with questions at challenge@causeway.org or call us at (423) 521-5554. If you do not have access to the internet, or the online application makes you uncomfortable in any way, please stop by our workspace and we will assist you. Si te gustaría solicitar en español, por favor, envíenos un correo a challenge@causeway.org.

Can businesses apply for the Causeway Challenge?
In an effort to build up new community leaders, applications are open to individuals and groups. If the individual project leader(s) happen to own or work for or with an organization or business they would like to get involved, we think that is great, too.

If I'm an individual who wins the Causeway Challenge funding, do I have to pay taxes on it?
We cannot give you personal tax advice, so we recommend you consult with your accountant about how this might work with your particular circumstances. If this is a concern for you, we are open to you finding a nonprofit like a neighborhood association or a traditional charity to partner with to manage the funds. We can also help you identify an organization that might be a good fit.

Are there certain things you will and won't fund?
While we hope to leave things broadly open to your imagination, here are some examples that may give you insight into what we're looking for in an application's budget. Eligible expenses might include things like permits, rentals, supplies, some marketing expenses, limited stipend for effort committed to the project, etc. Non-eligible expenses include capital expenditures (like buying yourself a fancy camera), deficits or expenses incurred prior to the project implementation period, projects or events that have already taken place, purchase of awards or cash prizes, projects planned primarily for fundraising purposes, or applications that are simply asking for monetary support of a larger fundraising campaign (i.e. sponsorship requests). 

 

Inspiration

There are lots of ways to play. We challenge you to consider how play could encourage positive change of all kinds. Are there playful ways to encourage people to recycle? To interact with their neighborhood in new ways? To better connect with their coworkers? We've found a few projects–both local and global–to get your wheels turning. For more inspiration you can read about the past challenge winners or check out the projects we've highlighted on Pinterest.