The Causeway Challenge is an ideas contest centered around a specific question, that empowers individuals to pilot their ideas for community change. For our 7th Challenge we asked, "How can we use common spaces to strengthen the neighborhoods in 37404?"
The 37404 zip code includes some of Chattanooga’s most diverse and fastest changing neighborhoods like Orchard Knob, Glenwood, Highland Park, Ridgedale, and Oak Grove. As those neighborhoods change, how can we make sure everyone’s voice is heard, and that the growth is benefiting people of all ages, races, and socioeconomic statuses?
The Causeway Challenge exists to empower grassroots leaders to create the change they want to see in their own communities. We go one step beyond asking for resident feedback, by actually giving individuals the money and hands-on coaching to test their project. Through six rounds of past Causeway Challenges we have seen that this not only results in creative new projects, but also in a new group of empowered and experienced community leaders who continue to step up and use their voice for change long after the Challenge is over.
Thanks to a collaborative group of local foundations, we have a second round of funding that will be available to the winners who show the most promise in their pilot phase, allowing for more longevity and bigger impact from these resident-led projects in the 37404 area.