Community Heart & Soul Planning, Technical Assistance, and Seed Grant Program
Community Heart & Soul
Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
Community Heart & Soul is a community development process
that engages residents in identifying what they love
about their community, the future they want for it, and
how to achieve it. Activities and objectives are
determined by communities, and projects have included
volunteerism, leadership, business development,
healthcare access, social programs, transportation,
broadband, and emergency preparedness, among others. The
Community Heart & Soul organization is offering $10,000
Seed Grants to qualifying small cities and towns
interested in implementing the Heart & Soul model.
The Heart & Soul program involves a 4 phase, step-by-step
process that brings residents together to identify and
honor the unique character of their town and the
connections of the people who live there.
Phase 1 – Imagine: Heart & Soul teams
are formed to build awareness, interest, and commitment
in all segments of the community
Phase 2 – Connect: Stories are
gathered from residents, leading to the development of
Heart & Soul Statements that identify what matters most
and reflect what participants love about their towns
Phase 3 – Plan: Residents develop
action plans to guide future town planning based on
their Heart & Soul Statements
Phase 4 – Act: Heart & Soul Statements
are officially adopted by town and city councils,
incorporated into comprehensive and other plans, and
are used to guide future policies and decisions.
The program is designed for small cities and towns with
populations between 2,500-30,000. Areas with lower
populations may form regional corsortia.
Nationwide and U.S. Territories
Amount of funding
Communities that are just beginning the process may apply
for $10,000 Seed Grants.
Communities work with Certified Heart & Soul Coaches
throughout the process.
Access · Broadband · Community and economic development · Community and faith-based initiatives · Community engagement and volunteerism · Emergency preparedness and response · Human services · Infrastructure · Leadership · Needs assessment methods and resources · Networking and collaboration · Planning and strategy methods and resources · Policy · Population health · Public health · Social determinants of health · Transportation · Wellness, health promotion, and disease prevention
For complete information about funding programs, including your
application status, please contact funders directly. Summaries are provided
for your convenience only. RHIhub does not take part in application processes
or monitor application status.