With over a decade of experience funding community-based organizations, we know that to create a sustainable program there must be broad community support and engagement. With that in mind we created the online voting component of the Community Impact Project to allow applicants to demonstrate their ability to engage with their community and constituents.
Applicants in all 50 states, along with Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C., are divided into seven regions prior to voting based on population. Major population centers are divided amongst the regions to enable states with lower populations to have equal footing with their more populated neighbors.
The funds to implement the Model Programs are divided across the regions based on the number of applications received from that region, population and target populations of the applicants. Ultimately the applicants with the highest number of votes in each region will receive funding to implement the Model Program they’ve applied for.
During the first Community Impact Project in 2010, more than 300 organizations applied for the three Model Programs selected that year. In 2011, over 400 organizations applied for the four Model Programs offered. Since 2010 we have completed four cycles of the Community Impact Project, seeing over 1,000,000 votes cast from communities nationwide. As a result, we funded programs in states that had never received funding from the LIVESTRONG Foundation’s Community Program before and provided the largest support we’ve ever offered to organizations supporting people affected by cancer in rural communities.
The 2014 voting campaign will begin at 10 a.m. CT on March 24, 2014 and will continue until 5 p.m. CT on April 9, 2014.
If you have any questions relating to the voting process please review our FAQs, found here. For questions relating to the Community Impact Project or the LIVESTRONG Foundation, or if you would like to suggest a program for replication for the 2015 CIP, please email us at Community@LIVESTRONG.org.