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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 (that's you!) as they take an active role in creating a culture of health in neighborhoods across New York State. When you crowdfund with ioby to raise the money you need to launch a project that boosts your community's health, we'll double your donations dollar-for-dollar up to $10,000. Over the years, neighbors have raised over $450,000 for 66 projects that invest in their neighbors' health.

Anyone can receive one-on-one fundraising support and dollar-for-dollar matching funds up to $10,000 on their ioby crowdfunding campaign in support of projects that improve public health outcomes in the following communities across New York State:

Near Westside, Syracuse • Brownsville, Brooklyn • Lower East Side, Manhattan • East Harlem, Manhattan • Clinton County, NY • Niagara Falls, NY

Simply share your project idea below to get started fundraising and doubling your dollars!

Share your Idea

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What kind of projects are eligible?

Any project that helps to create a culture of health in your community can be eligible. These can include projects that improve street safety; add greenery; improve access to affordable healthy food; promote walking, biking, or exercise; educate your neighbors about healthy choices; and much more.

Eligible projects have included new community gardens, all-ages exercise groups, weekend yoga in the park, bike safety training, healthy parenting programs, food justice fanfares, creative nutrition classes, and pedestrian parades. Whatever your great idea is to boost health in your neighborhood, we want to hear it!

Eligibility guidelines

Read more about how to participate in the Healthy Neighborhoods Challenge:  


Workshops and Online Trainings  

Join us for an in person or online workshop to learn more about the Healthy Neighborhoods Challenge! Our trainings will cover: 

  • an introduction to crowdfunding for your community project
  • ​top tips for fundraising success, based on the thousands of campaigns ioby has coached around the country 
  • case studies of successfully funded projects in your community 
  • everything you need to know to get started fundraising with the Healthy Neighborhoods Challenge 
  • Q&A with the ioby team 

Upcoming Webinars: 

Crowdfunding for Healthy Neighborhoods - Tuesday, Sept 24th, 12-1pm - Register here 
Join us for an online webinar cover the basics of crowdfunding for community projects and key information about the Healthy Neighborhoods Challenge. 

Ask an Expert: Community Health Projects  - Wednesday, August 28th, 1-2pm  - Register here 

The places where we live have a powerful effect on our health. Think about your own neighborhood; are there enough sidewalks and bike lanes to ensure that you can get around safely, and live an active lifestyle? Do you have easy access to affordable healthy food? Are there well maintained parks and other open areas for you to spend time outside?

Join us for a live webinar to learn strategies from neighborhood leaders who crowdfunded successfully with ioby to bring their ideas to life in both rural and urban places, and how they strengthened their communities along the way.

Can't make it to a webinar? RSVP anyway and we'll send you a recording of the conversation! 

Questions? Contact ioby Partnerships Manager, Ethany Uttech at ethany@ioby.org or (917) 464-4515 x5

Need more inspiration? 

Check out some of the 66 amazing projects that have raised over $450,000 in past rounds of the Healthy Neighborhoods Challenge!

See 2016-2017 Projects      Read the 2016-2017 Report      

See 2017-2018 Projects      Read the 2017-2018 report


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 $6 million 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. Learn more about ioby.

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