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You have ideas. We have ways to make them happen. Let’s do this! 

A Community Thrives is a grantmaking and crowdfunding program from the USA TODAY NETWORK, which includes USA TODAY and Gannett’s hundreds of local media brands.

Supported by the Gannett Foundation, the program offers an opportunity for you to share your great ideas for how to improve your community. We provide a national platform, a way to get your neighbors, friends, family, and peers excited to support your ideas, and most importantly a chance at $2,000,000 in grants to get them off the ground running.

Grant Recipients


National Project Grant Recipients

State Nonprofit Name Amount Editorial Article
NY The Resilience Education Training and Innovation Center $100,000 RETI receives grant to develop lab prototype for environmental community resilience
WA Low Income Housing Institute $100,000 Low Income Housing Institute building 20 tiny houses
TN Nashville Launch Pad, Inc $100,000 Launch Pad gives homeless LGBTQ young adults a place to sleep. We're giving Launch Pad $100K.
NY America SCORES $50,000 America SCORES poetry slam series provides training for kids
AZ Cancer Support Community Arizona $50,000 Cancer Support Community Arizona expanding mobile services with USA TODAY NETWORK grant
IN Edna Martin Christian Center $50,000 Edna Martin Christian Center receives grant to help fund its Community Solutions and Entrepreneurship Center
TN Girls Write Nashville $50,000 Nashville nonprofit Girls Write Nashville receives grant to help girls through music education
NJ Move for Hunger $50,000 Apartment Food Rescue program supports food donations during move-out
NV Nevada Center for Civic Engagement $50,000 Gannett Foundation awards $50,000 to Nevada nonprofit that teaches civic engagement
VA Read Early and Daily (R.E.A.D.) $50,000 R.E.A.D's mobile book store finds support for first year of operation
NY Arab-American Family Support Center $25,000 AAFSC's Project Resilience expanding services for immigrant youth
MO Care to Learn $25,000 Care to Learn's Mobile Clothing Closet Project awarded nearly $30,000 from Gannett Foundation
MN HomeFront Resource Center $25,000 Multi-media concert to connect veterans and strengthen support for service members
DC Share Our Strength $25,000 Share Our Strength receives grant to execute No Kid Hungry Los Angeles breakfast strategy
FL St. John's County Education Foundation $25,000 St. John's County schools INK! initiative to support literacy intervention
VT Young Writers Project Inc. $25,000 Young Writers Project gets $25,000 grant to help develop voices of youth writers
Local Operating Grant Recipients

State Nonprofit Name
  AZ Alwun House Foundation
  AZ Gilbert Historical Society, Inc.
  AZ Liberty Wildlife Inc.
  AZ Musica Nova Inc. DBA Musica Nova Orchestra
  AZ Raising Hope Dogs
  CA Boys & Girls Clubs of Monterey County
  CA College OPTIONS, Inc.
  DC Calvary Women’s Services
  DC Homeless Children’s Playtime Project
  DC L’Arche Greater Washington D.C.
  DE Delaware Center for Horticulture
  FL Autism Pensacola, Inc.
  FL Big Brothers Big Sisters of St. Lucie, Indian River, and Okeechobee Counties, Inc.
  FL Brevard Humane Society (Central Brevard Humane Society)
  FL Green Gables at Historic Riverview Village, Inc.
  FL Helping Animals Live and Overcome, Inc.
  FL LEAD Brevard, Inc.
  FL Quality Life Center of Southwest Florida, Inc.
  FL Ronald McDonald House Charities of Northwest Florida
  FL Saint Martin de Porres Outreach Ministries
  FL Studer Community Institute
  FL The FoolProof Foundation, Inc.
  FL The Immokalee Foundation, Inc.
  IA Civic Music Association of Des Moines
  IA Everybody Wins-Iowa, Inc.
  IA Highland Park Community Church
  IA Highland Park Community Development Association
  IN Cardinal Greenways
  IN Edna Martin Christian Center
  IN Fair Haven Foundation, Inc.
  IN Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Inc.
  IN Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library
  IN Midtown Indianapolis, Inc.
  IN RightFit, Inc.
  IN Second Helpings, Inc.
  KY Critically Loved
  KY Metro United Way, Inc.
  LA Rays of Sunshine
  MI Anidaso 360 Corporation
  MI CARES of Farmington Hills
  MI Childrens Center of Wayne County, Inc.
  MI Community Action House
  MI Focus: HOPE
  MI Friends of City Hall
  MI LAHC-Leaders Advancing and Helping Communities
  MI MECCA Development Corporation
  MI Potter Park Zoological Society
  MI Winning Futures
  MN Crow River Trail Guards
  MN HomeFront Resource Center
  MO Care to Learn
  MO FosterAdopt Connect
  MO u school
  MS Midtown Partners, Inc.
  NC Western Carolina Rescue Ministries
  NJ Eva’s Village
  NJ Interfaith Neighbors, Inc.
  NJ LADACIN Network, Inc.
  NJ Lunch Break, Inc.
  NJ Metuchen Downtown Alliance
  NJ Push to Walk a New-Jersey Non Profit Corporation
  NJ Puzzle Farms
  NJ The Center for Great Expectations
  NM Community Foundation of Southern New Mexico
  NY 13thirty Cancer Connect, Inc.
  NY Broome County Council of Churches
  NY Chemung County Performing Arts, Inc. DBA Clemens Center
  NY Cooperative Extension Association in the State of NY Monroe County
  NY David Hochstein Memorial Music School
  NY Endicott Performing Arts Center
  NY Finger Lakes Toy Library, Inc.
  NY Friends & Foundation of the Rochester Public Library
  NY Glynwood Center, Inc.
  NY Red Hook Community Center, Inc.
  NY Refugees Helping Refugees
  NY St. Thomas Aquinas College
  NY The Youth Mental Health Project
  OH Adopt A Class Foundation
  OH BBB Center for Ethics
  OH Lydia’s House Inc.
  OH The Warrior Meditations Foundation DBA Save A Warrior
  PA Pal’s Park under Philanthropic Endeavors
  SD Ground Works
  TN Carpenter’s Square
  TN Center for Living and Learning, Inc. CLLNOperations.LLC
  TN Clarksville Kiwanis Foundation
  TN Girls Write Nashville
  TN Middle Tennessee State University
  TN Mooresburg Community Association
  TN Nashville IDD Housing Group DBA Our Place Nashville
  TN STAR Center
  TX Concho Valley Home for Girls, Inc.
  TX Interfaith Ministries of Wichita Falls, Inc.
  TX Rise School of Corpus Christi
  VA Alexandria-Fairfax Kappa Scholarship Endowment Fund
  VA Camp Quest, Inc.
  VA Fairfax Library Foundation, Inc.
  VA Renewing Homes of Greater Augusta
  VT Flynn Center for the Performing Arts
  VT United Way of Northwest Vermont, Inc.
  WA Low Income Housing Institute
  WI CREATE Portage County, Inc.
  WI Penfield Children’s Center
  WI Street Angels, Inc.
  WI The Haven of Manitowoc County, Inc.
Top Fundraisers & Bonus Challenge Recipients

State Nonprofit Name
AZ Music Nova
AZ St. Dominic Savio Academy
CA CASA of Monterey County
CA Mannakin Theater and Dance
CA Spread the Vote
DC Center for Inspired Teaching
FL Foolproof Foundation
GA Heartbound Ministries
IA St. Mary's Catholic School
IN Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library
IN Leaders Advancing and Helping Communities
MD Association of Writers & Writing Programs
MD Jewish Foundation for Group Homes
NJ Cancer Support Community Central New Jersey
NY 13thirty Cancer Connect
NY Gullotta House
NY Pied Piper Children's Theater of NYC
OR Oregon Children's Foundation
SD makeSPACE (fiscally sponsored by Spread the Tunes)
TN Book'em
TN Franklin Tomorrow
TN Girls Write Nashville
TN MADE for Our Youth
TN Star Center
VA College Access Fairfax


State Nonprofit Name
FL Independence Landing
NY 13thirty Cancer Connect
CO CrossPurpose
NJ Montclair Film

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