Causeway inspires and equips Chattanoogans to develop smarter solutions to our city’s toughest challenges. We believe that any person, in any part of our community, with an idea for social change, should have access to the tools they need to act on that opportunity. Since 2014, we have been building a pipeline of Chattanoogans who want to solve social problems in new, innovative ways.
We have welcomed 816 ideas for incubation, raised over $900,000 for local causes, received 395 applications for seed funding, and connected over 6,700 socially-minded citizens to each other. Causeway has served people from over 90 different zip codes; with the greatest number of Causeway projects coming from East Chattanooga and Highland Park. Causeway program participants are 40% percent are male and 60% are female; 56% are white and 30% are black; ages range from 16 to over 65. Nearly 40% of projects are related to education, 22% youth, and 17% arts and culture. Participants need the most help with sustainability, planning, starting a new nonprofit and marketing and communications.
90% of participants feel more inspired and equipped to get involved. Some participants may need to develop their idea, so Causeway offers a nine week planning course. Others may need funds to test a more developed idea, so we offer the Causeway Challenge, which provides small grants for testing. Others may need coaching from those with more experience, so we provide an advisor network to ensure that project leaders with less experience get support before launching.
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