Have an idea to make your community a healthier place to live? Need some cash to make it happen?

The Healthy Neighborhoods Challenge supports residents taking an active role in creating a culture of health in their neighborhoods.

Anyone can apply to receive fundraising training and dollar-for-dollar matching funds up to $4,000 on their ioby crowdfunding campaign in support of projects that improve public health outcomes in the following areas across New York State:

North End, Niagara Falls - Brownsville, Brooklyn - Claremont/Morrisania, Bronx - Hunts Point, Bronx - Mott Haven, Bronx - Lower East Side, Manhattan - East Harlem, Manhattan - Clinton County

Application Deadline March 15th, 2017

So if you have a great idea that makes your community greener, improves access to healthy affordable food, promotes walking, biking or exercise, or educates your neighbors about health, apply today and make your fundraising work go twice as far!  

Want to learn more?

Join us for an informational workshop, webinar or conference call for project leaders: 

 Webinar: Tuesday, February 28, 1-2pm

30 minute evening conference calls on January 30, February 23, or March 1

Interested in hearing from the experts about how resident-led work can be an important part of changing a culture of health in communities? Join us for Ask an Expert: An ioby Learning Webinar on Wednesday, March 1, 1-2pm 


More Info     Apply Now

Need inspiration? Check out the 23 projects that raised over $100,000 in the 2016 Healthy Neighborhoods Challenge!

What kinds of projects are eligible?

Any initiative that will help create a culture of health in your area by making it greener or safer; improving local access to affordable healthy food; promoting walking, biking, or other exercise; educating your neighbors about healthy choices; etc. This campaign is limited to the nine geographic areas listed above, but the types of projects that will qualify are wide open: we’re imagining new community gardens, all-ages exercise groups, weekend yoga in the park, bike-to-work promotions, healthy parenting programs, food justice fanfares, creative nutrition classes, pedestrian parades—you name it!



About ioby

ioby helps neighbors grow and implement great ideas one block at a time. We believe it should be easy to make meaningful change “in our backyards” - the positive opposite of NIMBY. Neighbors nationwide have raised over 3 million dollars in citizen philanthropy on ioby for projects that make their communities healthier, greener, safer, and more livable. When you post project on ioby you can collect tax deductible donations, find new donors and volunteers, and receive one-on-one fundraising coaching.

Support for this work was provided by the New York State Health Foundation (NYSHealth).