Facebook, is now doubling down on communities by announcing it's Facebook Community Leadership Program "a global initiative that invests in people building communities." Facebook will commit tens of millions of dollars to the program, including up to $10 million in grants that will go directly to people creating and leading communities.
Mark Zuckerberg's longtime focus and passion have been to build communities and connection online and in real life, and the organization is now putting major dinero and support behind the vision.
Given feedback that with more resources, groups could have a greater impact, Facebook is empowering leaders around the world with its initiative, which includes:
Residency and Fellowship opportunities offer training, support, and funding for community leaders from around the world.
Up to five leaders will be selected to be community leaders in residence and awarded up to $1,000,000* each to fund their proposals.
Up to 100 leaders will be selected for our fellowship program and will receive up to $50,000* each to be used for a specific community initiative.
Community Leadership Circles bring local community leaders together to meet up in person to connect, learn, and collaborate.
Facebook groups have long been an organic and grassroots way people can connect to change online, whether it's new mami's supporting each other, veterans coming together, or even women uniting to create the Women's March— which culminated in millions of women around the globe marching for issues from equal pay to paid maternity leave.
Applications are now open for the residency and fellowship. To learn more and apply, click here.