Center for Civic Innovation
401 Water St E
Charlottesville, Virginia 22902
|Primary Contact||Christie Taylor|
|Executive Director||Christie Taylor|
|Primary Focus Area||Civic|
Empowering problem solvers in our community.
CCI is a community-based innovation ecosystem where residents, businesses, local governments, and academia tackle our region’s challenges. We support civic innovation that leads to a more equitable and sustainable community.
|Description:||To intentionally foster civic innovation, including equity-related projects, we've developed this program to give innovators the space, network, and support to realize success.|
We seek fellows who are passionate about bringing change to our community. Fellows understand how challenging this work can be, and bring a sense of humility combined with a track record of perseverance. We encourage fellows from all backgrounds but prioritize funding for those from historically underrepresented groups or those working on equity-related projects. Your project can be in the "idea" or "ready to pilot" phase. You need to be committed to taking action during the fellowship but not need to have demonstrated progress to apply.
Applicants are individuals who have a civic project or idea that is ready for a pilot phase up to micro-organizations (budgets under $10,000). Projects do not need to be tech or data related, but participants should be open to how tech and data can support their goals. This is a leadership development program, meant to build the foundation to become a civic innovator, with focus on growth mindset, design process, business education, technology/data literacy skills, government and community relations, intervention practices, and other topics to build problem solving skills.
Access to work space and technology
A core team of advisors to support your endeavor
Support for tech or data needs
Expert-led training, workshops, and activities
Cohort of peers working to improve the community
Community event for you to share and discuss your project and its progress
$1,000 stipend (can be used for project or personal expenses)
What is expected
Flexibility and openness - this is a pilot program for us!
Attendance at the planned training and workshops
Willingness to help other cohort members find success
Monthly meetings with your mentor group
Completion of regular activities intended to promote your project's progress
Participation in an end-of-program community event where you will share your progress
|Examples of Program Success:||Generation of data visualization tools|
New nonprofit connecting infant supply items to families in need
College application resource app for immigrants
|Total Program Budget:||$25,000|
|Category:||Fellowship, training, civic innovation|
|Title:||Coalition systems management|
|Description:||We work to ensure equitable, inclusive, and diverse participation for community members engaging in coalition-based work. We facilitate work groups to establish the vision and design process of the project, develop and manage the action plan, collect and report progress to stakeholders, implement systems to manage the project, and collect and share data. If you are engaging with the community and would like to learn more about our services leveraging empowered communities and data, contact us.|
|Examples of Program Success:||Data mapping for safety improvements in Belmont|
|Total Program Budget:||$10,000|
|Title:||Coaching and Mentoring|
|Description:||Volunteer to assist a civic innovator through their project|
|Project Timeline||6 months, year-round opportunities|