Civic Innovation Fellowship

Want to make a change in our community

Ready to become a civic leader?

Interested in turning your civic idea into real outcomes?

Program dates: Jan 6-May 8, 2020


What is the fellowship...

The Civic Innovation Fellowship is intended for individuals seeking to improve our community through innovative, community-led projects. We believe civic innovation is an incredibly powerful tool for community empowerment. In order, to intentionally foster civic innovation for equity-related projects, we've developed a this program to help give civic innovators the space, network, and support to realize success.

Who are we seeking...

We seek fellows who are passionate about bringing change to our community. We seek fellows who understand how challenging this work can be, bring a sense of humility combined with track record track of perseverance. We seek fellows who are thoughtful, empathetic, and results-oriented. We accept fellows from all backgrounds but fund and prioritize fellows 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 you do not need to have demonstrated progress to apply.

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Who can apply...

Grassroots community organizations, advocacy groups, community organizers, residents, neighborhood leaders who have a civic project or idea that is ready for a pilot phase up to micro-organizations (budgets less than $10,000). All are welcome to apply but we prioritize civic innovators from underrepresented background or who are working on equity-related issues. Projects do not need to be tech or data related, but participants should be open to how tech and data can support their goals.

What you get...

  • Use of the Center for Civic Innovation space
  • A core team of advisors to support your endeavor
  • 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
  • Access to UVA professors and students who can support tech or data needs
  • $1,000 stipend if from a historically underrepresented group or are working in the equity space (can be used for project or personal expenses)

What is expected...

  • Participation in an end-of-program community event where you will share your progress
  • 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

Who is sponsoring this...

Smart Cville City of Charlottesville i-Team

Who has answers to my questions...

Please use the contact form on the Smart Cville website and shoot us your question! We'll do our best to update this page with frequently asked questions.

Sounds great! How can I apply?

Complete the application here, it's due by 12/20/2019.