Do you ever wish you could help change the world? Maybe you lack the funding or the support services needed to make change on a larger scale.

The Gannett Foundation is putting $2 million in grants into local communities through the A Community Thrives (ACT) program, part of the USA TODAY Network. Applications for the grant program are being accepted through February 28.

ACT will award 16 grants from $25,000 to $100,000 to programs in the United States and Guam, and there will also be opportunities for eligible participants to receive fundraising bonuses and local operating grants.

This Indy Star article offers more background about ACT.

For 2019, A Community Thrives will award 16 grants and offer bonus promotions. Three participants will receive $100,000; seven will receive $50,000; six will receive $25,000; and weekly bonus promotions will total $200,000.   

In order to qualify for a grant, organizations must be affiliated with a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, be located within the U.S. and have a U.S.-based project that will improve a local community. Organizations will also have to agree to the official rules.

Approved organizations will move on to a fundraising phase, where they will work to reach goals based on the budget of their organization to become eligible for grants. 

Organizations may submit applications at act.usatoday.com between Jan. 29 and Feb. 28. Fundraising begins on March 18. Grant winners will be announced on or around June 1.

Additionally, the Gannett Foundation will give $1.3 million in grants to USA TODAY Network markets nationwide to use toward community efforts. These grants will be a minimum of $2,500 and the number of grants will vary based on how local markets choose to award the funds. 

Last year, The Community Grants Program awarded $2.3 million in 109 communities across the country supporting issues including hunger, literacy, housing, extended learning and many others.

A Community Thrives has already provided $1.2 million in grants to local communities, drove local communities to fundraise almost $1 million in one year and received submissions from people in 46 states plus the District of Columbia. 

Katy Patterson is the local representative; she can be reached at [email protected].

Charlee Beasor is the communications & PR manager for the Indiana Chamber. She is also a writer for the Chamber’s award-winning BizVoice magazine and has been with the organization for eight years.