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 DC, are divided into 7 egions 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 number of applications received from that region, population and the target populations of the applicants. Ultimately the applicants with the highest number of votes in each region will be receiving funding to implement the Model Program they've applied for.
During the first Community Impact Project in 2010, 300 organizations applied for the 3 Model Programs. In 2011, over 400 organizations applied for the 4 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 LIVESTRONG's Community Program before and provided the largest support we’ve ever offered to organizations supporting people affected by cancer in rural communities.
If you have any questions relating to the voting process, the Community Impact Project, the LIVESTRONG Foundation or would like to suggest a program please email us at Community@LIVESTRONG.org.