Southern Virginia Community Challenge

The Southern Virginia Community Challenge is now closed for applications.

Supported by Microsoft, the ChangeX Southern Virginia Community Challenge is making $35,000 available to help build thriving and sustainable communities across Southern Virginia.

Individuals, existing local groups, and community organizations in Mecklenburg, Halifax, Charlotte, Lunenburg, and Brunswick Counties in Southern Virginia are eligible to submit applications for seed funding, resources, mentorship, technology tools, and potential additional funding to make ideas for community change a reality!

Hear from some of the recipients of the last ChangeX challenge about how the funding helped improve their communities in Southern Virginia!

Are you also passionate about creating positive change?

Check out these 15 ideas that you can start in your community through ChangeX

Organize an Open Orchard to bring people together, provide free fruit to local residents and green our urban environments.

Start a Girls Who Code Club in your community and get girls excited about coding and computer science.

Start a Cycling Without Age chapter in your community and give more people the opportunity to feel the wind in their hair.

Promote pollinator health on your farm and receive recognition and consumer support for it.

Start a community fridge in your community to share good food that would otherwise go to waste.

Invite pollinators to your neighborhood by planting a pollinator friendly habitat in your garden, farm, school, park or just about anywhere!

Lead a hands-on STEM programme in your school or community for 4-6 year olds

Transform a public space in your community into a joyful learning opportunity

Divert your community’s food waste from landfill, reducing harmful greenhouse gas emissions

Organize an Hour of Code™ and join a global movement introducing tens of millions of students worldwide to computer science.

Lead a hands-on STEM program in your school or community for 9-14 year olds

Create a Slow Streets Program to promote the growth of healthy and vibrant neighborhoods in your community.

A community based initiative aiming to clean and maintain local rivers

Lead a hands-on STEM program in your school or community for 6–10 year olds

Help to increase employment opportunities in regional areas by connecting companies, remote workers and local communities.

For more information on the ChangeX Southern Virginia Community Challenge, please visit the ChangeX website.