Here's what we're
building together.

 

A Community Thrives, a program funded by the Gannett Foundation and part of the USA TODAY NETWORK, invests in community-building initiatives across the country.

Together, we helped support issues such as homelessness, racial reconciliation, hunger, and more in 45 states and Washington D.C. More than 24,000 people crowdfunded $3.1 million and the Gannett Foundation distributed an additional $2.3 million in grants.

 

About Us

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
MN 30,000 Feet $100,000 The grant to 30,000 Feet will support the development of a Black Arts Center for children in Saint Paul .
IL Bunker Labs NFP Inc. $100,000 Bunker Labs Inc. receives $100,000 grant to support 50 education programs for veterans.
CT Food Rescue US Inc. (Project in Detroit, MI) $100,000 Food Rescue US Inc. will fund expansion to support Detroit and surrounding communities.
NC Asheville Green Works $50,000 Asheville Greenworks will plant and giveaway trees in redlined communities
MO Creative Reaction Lab $50,000 Creative Reactions Lab will educate and train formerly incarcerated black and Latinx youth to become civic leaders.
AZ Creighton Community Foundation $50,000 Creighton Community Foundation receives grant to increase access to nutritious food in east central Phoenix.
CT Havenly Treats $50,000 Havenly Treats receives $50,000 grant to build the economic and political power for refugee women.
LA LSU Health Sciences Foundation In Shreveport $50,000 LSU Health Services Foundation will utilize grant funds to address and promote better health outcomes for underserved communities. 
TX Solar Austin $50,000 Solar Austin’s receives $50,000 grant to support the Clean Energy Careers program.
OH United Way of Central Ohio Inc. $50,000 United Way of Central Ohio Inc. will provide racial equity training and learning exchanges to staff, board members, volunteers and clients.
FL Better Together $25,000 Better Together receives grant to expand to service to foster an additional 150 children.
IN Gary Food Council Inc. $25,000 Gary Food Council Inc. will train, certify and provide internships for up to 100 children in a Junior Master Gardener program.
DC Homeless Childrens Playtime Project Inc. $25,000 Homeless Children’s Playtime Project Inc. received grant to expand its child centered play program.
OH Junior Achievement of North Central Ohio $25,000 JA will enroll 5-7 thousand middle schoolers in a virtual platform highlighting the most in-demand jobs to showcase rewarding and successful career pathways.
AZ Mesa United Way $25,000 Mesa United Way Inc received grant to provide transitional housing space for Helen's Hope Chest Foster 360 program.
DC Words Beats and Life Inc. $25,000 Words Beats and Life Inc received $25,000 grants to offer courses in the arts to under-represented students.

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
AL Destiny Driven Inc.
AL Habitat for Humanity International Inc.
AR Learning Through the Arts
AZ Arizona Jewish Historical Society
AZ Habitat for Humanity International Inc.
AZ Islamic Speakers Bureau of Arizona
AZ Keogh Health Connection
AZ Liberty Wildlife Inc.
AZ Payson Homeless & Homeless Veterans Initiative
AZ Phoenix Lesbian and Gay Pride Committee Inc.
AZ Rosies House a Music Academy for Children Inc.
AZ Southwest Lending Closet Inc.
AZ United Cerebral Palsy Association of Central Arizona
CA Alisal Center for the Fine Arts Inc.
CA KidSTREAM
CA Siskiyou Humane Society Inc.
CA Ventura County Family Justice Center Foundation Inc.
CO Archway Housing & Services Inc.
CT Havenly Treats
CT Youth Mental Health Project Inc.
DC Byte Back
DC Calvary Womens Services, Inc.
DC Dog Tag Inc.
DC Mary House Inc.
DE Delaware Community Reinvestment Action Council Inc.
FL And Literacy for All
FL Coral Springs Nature Center and Wildlife Hospital DBA Sawgrass Nature Center & Wildlife Hospital
FL Family Promise of Escambia County, Inc.
FL Fast Swim Stars Inc.
FL Better Together - Flourishnow
FL Foolproof Foundation Inc.
FL Gulf Winds Track Club Inc.
FL Heritage Preservation Trust
FL Historical Society of Martin County Inc.
FL Jewish Federation of Volusia & Flagler Counties
FL Joshprovides Epilespsy Foundation Inc.
FL Literacy Services of Indian River County Inc.
FL Live Like Jake Foundation Inc.
FL Pensacola United Methodist Community Ministries Inc.
FL Sarasota Crew Inc.
FL St Johns County Education Foundation Inc.
FL St Martin De Porres Outreach Community Ministries Inc.
FL Tallahassee Little Theatre
FL The Green Room Farm to Table Dinner Theater
FL Treasure Coast Community Health Inc.
GA Heartbound Ministries Inc.
GA Struggles to Strengths Inc.
GA Vox Teen Communications Inc.
IA Everybody Wins-Iowa Inc.
IA Family Promise of Greater Des Moines
IA Highland Park Community Development Association
IA Hope Haven Area Development Center Corporation
IA Marthas House of Hope Inc.
IA Shelter House Community Shelter and Transition Services
IL Chicago Heightening Opportunity and Potentail for Education Success
IL Macoupin Art Collective
IL Well of Mercy
IN Footlite Musicals Inc.
IN Gary Food Council Inc.
IN Hancock County Childrens Choir LTD
IN Keep Indianapolis Beautiful
IN Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library Inc.
IN Second Helpings Inc.
IN St Mary's Child Center Inc.
KS Butler County Homeless Initiative
KS Central Kansas Conservancy Inc.
KS Topeka Performing Arts Center Inc.
KY Critically Loved
LA Operation Restoration
LA Vernon Historical and Geneaological Society
MA Association to Preserve Cape Cod Inc.
MA Cape Cod Maritime Museum Inc.
MA Cordial Eye Gallery and Artist Space Inc.
MA New Bedford Economic Development Council Inc.
MA Parents Forum
MA Rian Immigrant Cetner Inc.
MD United Way of Lower Eastern Shore Inc.
MD HTP Homes, Inc.
MD We Need Diverse Books
MI Boys & Girls Club of Greater Holland
MI National Veteran Business Development Council
MI Pingree Farms Foundation
MN Central MN Dementia Community Action Network
MN Yes Network
MO Blue Springs City Theatre
MO Creative Reaction Lab
MO Rotary Club Youth Camp Asscoation Inc.
MO Truman Heartland Community Foundation
NC Autismazing Corporation
NC Benevolence Farm
NC Bountiful Cities Project
NC Eden Village of Wilmington
NC New Bern Civic Theatre Inc.
NC Religious Community Services of New Bern Inc.
NC Tried by Fire Inc.
NC Western Carolina Rescue Ministries Inc.
NC Young Musicians of Alamance
NH Friends of the Weeks Public Library
NJ Burlington County Historical Society
NJ Cancer Support Community Central New Jersey
NJ Interfaith Neighbors Inc.
NJ Karma Cat & Zen Dog Rescue Society
NJ Ladacin Network Inc.
NJ Lunch Break
NJ Puzzle Farms
NV Feeding Pets of the Homeless
NV High Sierra Area Health Education Center Inc.
NV Reno Philharmonic Association Inc.
NY 13Thirty Cancer Connect Inc.
NY Caritas of Port Chester Inc.
NY Family Planning of South Central New York Inc.
NY Gullotta House
NY Habitat for Humanity International Inc.
NY Khuba International
NY National Audubon Society, Inc. Arizona
OH Akron Leadership Foundation
OH Boardman Arts Park Inc.
OH Community Resource Center Inc.
OH Junior Achievement of North Central Ohio
OH Last Mile Food Rescue
OH Living Legacy Foundation of Loudonville Public Library
OH Ohio River Foundation
OH Open M
OH Rufugeeconnect
OH Tomtod Ideas
OH United Way of Central Ohio Inc.
OK Allied Arts of Oklahoma Inc.
OK Imagine Durant Inc.
OK Positive Tomorrows Inc.
OK Riverspot Foundation
OR Burrito Brigade
OR Confluence Williamette Valley LGBT Chorus
PA Central Presbyterian Church
PA York XL Inc.
RI Youth In Action Inc.
SC Sustaining Way
SD Breathe Bravely Inc.
SD Project CAR Call-A-Ride
SD South Dakota Shakespeare Festival
TN BBC Life Center
TN Book EM
TN Communiserve
TN Dismas Inc.
TN Gallatin CAres
TN Gibson County Memorial Library Foundation
TN Japan-America Society of Tennessee Inc.
TN Joy of Music Youth Music School Coporation
TN Martha O'Bryan Center
TN Mooresburg Community Association
TN Nashville Civic Design Center
TN Nashville Community Bail Fund
TN New Begginings Center
TN NF Tennessee Inc.
TN Read to Succeed Inc.
TN Rising Together Foundation
TN Star Center Inc.
TN Sustainable Future Center
TN The Crossroads Campus
TN Monthaven Arts and Cultural Center
TX Affordable Central Texas Inc.
TX Austin Area Art from the Streets
TX Austin Mobility Coalition
TX Austin Voices for Education and Youth
TX Beyond the Grade
TX Dress for Success Austin
TX Fruitful Commons
TX Interfaith Ministries of Wichita Falls Inc.
TX Project Transitions Inc.
TX Seedling Foundation
TX Solar Austin
TX Zilker Botanical Garden Conservancy Non-profit Organization
VA Northern Virginia Family Services
VT Helping and Nurturing Diverse Seniors
VT Manchester Riverwalk Association Inc.
VT Vermont Symphony Orchestra Inc.
WI E N C Inc.
WI Penfield Children's Center
WI St. Joseph's Medical Clinic Inc.
WV Aging & Family Serivces of Mineral County Inc.

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 DC SCORES
  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 BOOK EM
  TN Carpenter’s Square
  TN Center for Living and Learning, Inc. CLLNOperations.LLC
  TN Clarksville Kiwanis Foundation
  TN EAST TENNESSEE PERMACULTURE RESEARCH INSTITUTE
  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 The Be Kind People Project
AZ Phoenix Children's Chorus
AZ Arizona Jewish Historical Society
CA Friends of Children's with Special Needs
CA KidSTREAM
DC Word Beats & Life
FL FoolProof Foundation Inc
FL The SPARK Initiative
FL The Green Room Farm to Table Dinner Theater
GA Heartbound Ministries Inc
IA Capital City Pride Des Moines
IA Shelter House
IL Chicago Hopes for Kids
IN Friends of Brookside & Spades Park
MA Cape Cod Maritime Museum
MI Moore Public Library
MI Islamic Center of Detroit
MI Moore Public Library
MO TCHF: Englewood Arts Fund
NY Gullotta House Inc
NY 13Thirty Cancer Connect
OH The Nest Bowling Green
OK Allied Arts of Oklahoma
TN Nashville Community Bail Fund
TN Dismas House Nashville
TN Martha O'Bryan Center
TX Solar Austin

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

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