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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.

Program overview


The program is designed for small cities and towns with populations under 30,000.

Geographic coverage
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.

Application process

Links to additional guidance, application instructions, and the online application portal are available on the program website.

Tagged as
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.