Southern Virginia Community Challenge

The 2022 Southern Virginia Community Challenge is still open!

Supported by Microsoft, the ChangeX Southern Virginia Community Challenge is making $50,000 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 ChangeX challenge about how the funding helped improve their communities in Southern Virginia!

Are you also passionate about creating positive change?

Check out these 16 ideas that you can start in your community through ChangeX

PlantPure Communities (PPC) works to build stronger, healthier, and more sustainable communities through research, policy, and program activities.

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

Expand public or private space with these digitally fabricated parklets.

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

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

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

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

Organize a free meeting place in your community to repair things instead of throwing them away.

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

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

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

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.